Posted at 12:21 PM on February 13, 2007
by Sanden Totten
Did you catch this article in the NY Times about environmentally friendly weddings? The bride still wears white but the rest of the party is green. From native plants and foods at the reception to recycled gold wedding rings.
So what other major life events can we "green" these days? Well, there's the honeymoon of course. Check out this resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It's a luxury hotel with out the lux . . . meaning that it's all lit by candles and torches in the evening. How romantic. They have solar powered ceiling fans and the whole resort resides peacefully in a sea-turtle preserve. Of course you'd have off set the carbon it cost you to get there . . .
I can't find much info on sustainable retirement communities, but when it's time to go to the great beyond there's some cool new options for the eco-minded. How about a bio-degradable natural coffin? It looks pretty cool, but be forewarned, you shouldn't be embalmed if you plan on getting one of these, we don't need those chemicals in our soil. And while you're at it, why not get buried in a natural cemetery? It's a new way to be remembered. Your remains are discretely buried in a forest preserve where families can take a hike in the nature when paying a tribute. It helps save trees too.
Any other suggestions for the green life-cycle?
Early in the lifecycle there is birth. Most newborns need human contact more than anything else. So why do we buy them furniture, dozens of outfits and shoes, stuffed animals, etc.?