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Twisted Limb Paperworks offers wed- ding, commitment, and anniversary celebration invitations, envelopes, and reply cards made of 100 percent post-consumer waste fibers. Twisted Limb artists handcraft the paper from recycled office paper, junk mail, grocery bags, flowers, and grass cuttings, giving each piece a unique, artistic look. No new dyes are used – the colors come from the recycled materials, and the company prints with soy-based inks. Couples can work directly with an artist to ensure that their invitations are unique and individualized.

For more eco-paper options, see the “Paper Products” cat- egories of our National Green Pages™.

For a truly green option, consider forgetting paper invitations altogether and using e-mail instead. Evite. com, for example, offers a free electronic invitation service, complete with RSVP tracking.

What to Wear

You can always look in your closet for an outfit you already own to wear to your wedding, commitment ceremony, or anniversary celebration. But, if you’re craving a special, new-to-you garment, try these eco-friendly options:

• Men are simple to outfit – it’s long been a tradition for men to rent tuxedos for weddings. But did you know that women can also rent formalwear, including wedding gowns, thereby saving money and resources? Check the “For- malwear Rental” category of your local Yellow Pages to see what options are available.

• Local upscale consignment or vintage boutiques often offer used wedding gowns or formals at a frac- tion of the price of a new gown – and they may even have suits for men. Or, check out classified ads from

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• Have a tailor make your gown or suit from natural eco-fabrics, which, unlike synthetics, are made without non-renewable petroleum. Eco-fabrics

A Place for Everything

When choosing the location for your celebration, consider these steps to make it green:

• The same location twice. If you can, hold your cer- emony and reception in the same location – or at least within walking distance – to minimize guest travel. Many houses of worship have banquet halls, or you can ask your officiant to come to the reception location for the ceremony.

• Go local. Choose a locally owned hall to keep money in your local economy.

• Go green. Consider using the ball- room at a green hotel, so your money supports an establishment that goes the extra mile for the environment. Contact the “Green” Hotels Association.

people around the country selling secondhand wedding gowns and tux- es at Women can also call the Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation to see when it will be holding a bridal gown sale near you. Making Memories sells used bridal and bridesmaid gowns to raise funds for their nonprofit organi- zation, which grants wishes to termi- nally ill breast cancer patients. You can donate your gown back to Making Memories when you’re finished with it, if you choose.

include peace silk (made without killing silkworms), hemp, organic cotton, or hemp-silk blends. Several designers are using hemp-silk blend fabrics for gowns in various shades of ivory or a white bleached without toxic chlorine. Aurora Silk sells peace silk. And Near Sea Naturals offers notions, as well as fabrics, made from organic cotton and organic wool, hemp, and silk. For more options, see the “Cloth/Textiles” cat- egory of our National Green Pages™.

• If you buy a new gown or suit, stay with natural fabrics, rather than synthetic, and purchase from a local formalwear shop to keep the money in your lo- cal economy. Or, buy from a green company like The Em- peror’s Clothes, which offers hemp-silk-blend, three-piece suits for men that are perfect for grooms and groomsmen.

• If you’d like a new bridal veil, Kozin suggests one made from silk organza rather than petroleum-based nylon tulle.

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