Quite simply as Carbonfund.org describes: A carbon offset represents a reduction in emissions somewhere else - like a renewable energy or a reforestation project - to balance out the emissions you cannot reduce. Carbonfund.org's mission it to encourage you to reduce what you can and offset what you can’t. They offset carbon by partnering with renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects globally that reduce carbon dioxide emissions and the threat of climate change. And YOU do it by partnering with Carbonfund.org, which is a non-profit organization, for your wedding.
Weddings are no different than eggs – think of shipping for all the food your caterer uses, rentals transported by truck, transportation to and from the wedding, in between the ceremony and the reception, energy for lighting, for music, for video equipment, plane travel for out of town guests, the list goes on. Every time you get in the car to visit a vendor, you create a carbon emission and for weddings, we create LOTS!
Now, it would be nearly impossible to calculate your entire wedding footprint. However, you can choose to be as eco-friendly as possible by offsetting your carbon footprint: Make a donation to the Carbonfund as favors for your guests or ask them to donate to the Carbonfund instead of giving a gift, which equals energy and trash.
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On a personal note, my sister and her husband asked for people to donate to Carbonfund.org to offset travel to their California wedding. It was nice knowing I gave them something they really wanted and that helped the environment at the same time. Talk about two birds!
On a second personal note, my husband is from Brazil and the conservation of the Brazilian Rainforest is a big deal for us. One of Carbonfund.org programs is Amazon Forest Conservation Project and we will definitely be offsetting our travel to Brazil for our second wedding with a donation.
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At the end of the days, eco-consciousness is important to many couples when planning a wedding. From the dress to the favors, there are so many ways to be green, and offset when you can't, without having to sacrifice the vision of your dream wedding. For more more great green tips, check out our FACEBOOK page and join the conversation on TWITTER.