On Creating Green Gift Registries

My fiancé and I are only weeks away from our wedding, and have been very careful throughout planning to have an Earth-friendly affair by turning to local artisans and scavenging all of our vintage decor (and a whole lot of DIY). But the hardest part, for us, has been creating a registry with a conscience. Have any ideas?We knew right away that we wanted to encourage guests to donate to charity in honor of our wedding as opposed to buying us physical things, so we set up a charitable registry online to help organizations that we both appreciate. It is the best way, we think, to invite guests to forgo shopping and donate instead. And since it's all online, there's no paper waste either!

Our families encouraged us to set up a more traditional gift registry too, for guests who wanted to go the extra mile. And one more caveat: the gift registry needed to be easily accessible for folks in smaller towns (so, Viva Terra and other online-only shops were out).

We set forth registering for organic textiles at Target and Crate and Barrel, and took a cue from Emily's post about well-made, sustainable items, when registering for bigger keepsake things. We are only asking for what we need, and have already planned to pass along many of the things that will likely be replaced to our younger siblings or Goodwill.

Do you have any other ideas for folks who may be in the same boat, wanting to keep their gift registry as green as possible?

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