Getting married soon? Consider creating an eco-friendly wedding registry. It’s not hard and there are some great eco-friendly items you will love.
Now that you are engaged there is so much to do. One big task is setting up a wedding registry. It can be overwhelming to think about all the things you need and get it all set up so your guest can easily find the perfect gifts for you.
Another thing to consider is the environmental impact of your wedding registry. I know it’s hard to have another thing to worry about but in the long term, you will be glad you did.
This post will help you create an eco-friendly wedding registry and take a lot of the guesswork out of it. If you are looking for actual items to register for just scroll down and you will find some eco-friendly wedding registry must-have items.
How to Create an Eco-Friendly Wedding Registry
Register for What You Actually Need
It can be tempting to register for everything and replace everything you already own but that’s not the best plan for the environment.
Look around your home(s) and figure out what you have that works just fine and what kinds of things you need. If you are moving to a bigger home you likely need a lot of things but if you aren’t moving the list is likely much smaller.
Try not to get sucked into registering for trendy gadgets you won’t really use. If you don’t cook much you likely don’t need a pasta maker but an Instant Pot may actually be useful. Really think about what you will use instead of what just sounds fun.
Look for Eco-Friendly Options
It’s getting easier and easier to find eco-friendly options for basically everything. One thing to consider is how long the product will last. One of the most eco-friendly things you can do is buy items that last and aren’t highly disposable.
A wedding registry is a great time for this because you can go for the higher priced items that are higher quality and will last longer.
My parents are still using the stainless steel pots and pans they got when they got married because they were of high quality. I also still have a lot of the dishware I registered for because we looked for quality items.
Avoiding highly trendy items is a good idea we well. You don’t want to get a bunch of items now that in a couple of years will look outdated and you will want to replace. Classic pieces are the way to go, especially for higher priced items.
Skip the Traditional Wedding Registry
If you already have a well put together home skip the wedding registry and opt for a honeymoon registry instead. This is a great option since people are waiting longer to get married and often have all the things they need.
The basic idea is that you set up a registry where people can pay for different parts of your honeymoon. People get to feel like they are doing more than just giving you money but you don’t end up with a bunch of stuff you really didn’t need. An eco-friendly bonus is, the fact that there is less gift wrap to deal with as well.
Be sure to consider planning a more eco-friendly honeymoon as well. Maybe stay closer to home, look for hotels that have good sustainability practices, and of course watch your waste while away.
Eco-Friendly Wedding Registry Must-Haves
If you aren’t sure what items to even put on your registry these are some eco-friendly products that are great when you are starting a new home.
All of these items are available on Amazon so no matter where your guests are they can order them for you. It’s easy and free to set up an Amazon wedding registry. People can even have the items mailed straight to you to avoid having to bring things while traveling or if they can’t make the wedding.
You may not need all of these items but they are great options that can help you live more eco-friendly and reduce waste.
- Instant Pot– Safer than slow cookers that can contain lead. Also cooks food fast to avoid wasting energy.
- French Press– Skip the coffee pod machines and get a glass french press. They make better coffee and have less waste.
- Stainless Steel Cookware Set– Avoid Teflon pans and go with high-quality stainless steel that can last you a lifetime.
- Glass Storage Containers– Skip the plastic that can leach and go with safer glass that will last.
- Reusable Straws– Sometimes it’s nice to use a straw and we all know it’s best to skip the disposable options. Get reusable ones instead. Opt for glass or stainless steel instead of plastic.
- Flour Sack Towels– Flour sack towels are lint free and perfect for many uses around your kitchen. They can help you reduce your use of paper towels.
- Cast Iron Skillet– When you need a non-stick pan, choose cast iron. These skillets can last forever and be passed down for generations.
- Waffle Iron– Another place you will find Teflon is on waffle irons. Go with a ceramic coated version instead.
In general when looking for kitchen items look for glass, stainless steel, or ceramic to avoid plastic and Teflon. When possible look for items also made in the USA.
For linens go for 100% cotton, hemp, or linen instead of polyester. These are usually higher quality items and they are biodegradable when they are done being used.
The Bedroom & Bathroom
- Organic Cotton Sheets– Organic cotton sheets help encourage less pesticide use and have fewer possibly harmful chemicals.
- Organic Cotton Comforter or Duvet– Avoid goose down filled which are questionable ethically and are harder to care for. Try to find products that use organic cotton instead.
- Organic Cotton Towels– Important for all the reasons above.
These are other places to avoid polyester and to look for high-quality items.
Other Rooms & Outdoors
When it comes to decorative items look for handmade items. It’s a great way to support small businesses with your wedding registry. Amazon even has a handmade store so guests everywhere will have access.
If you are wanting to live more zero waste consider getting even more reusable items like water bottles, more reusable kitchen containers, a clothesline, even reusable grocery bags. It’s a great time to make this switch.
The biggest thing to remember is to not go overboard. And if you get items that weren’t on your registry that you don’t need, consider donating them to a place that will give them to people in need.