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SUPPLIER FOCUS: Wild & Wondrous Flowers!
We've struggled to entice wedding suppliers in the North West to join Green Union and spend a lot of time trying to find them directly on behalf of Brides who contact us trying to find ethical services up there.
So today we're especially pleased to welcome another perfectly formed small and ethical business that services green weddings throughout the North West of England...
Wild & Wondrous, established by the lovely Nicola and assisted by Emma, specialise in British and locally grown flowers, foliages and plants, and only use imported flowers that are grown sustainably and ethically when they can't source locally. In fact, Nicola told me that her flower wholesaler was particularly challenged by her request but backed her all the way and he now happily supplies her with everything she needs!
It's not always easy to stick to your principles when you're juggling your income against the needs and wishes of brides, but Nicola says she tries to guide them through their ideas with suggestions of what is in season, where they can use British Flowers and how to create the looks they dream of and still have an eco-friendly wedding supporting their natural and sustainable ethos.
Nicola creates amazing and beautiful floral arrangements for weddings and events from her shop in Bolton and is very happy to work with brides to decorate their wedding day to perfection!
THE GUIDE: Choosing your perfect engagement ring
A little bird told us that the most popular day to get married is Christmas Day - I'm not sure I believe this but I do know that it's a really popular day for that all important proposal ...
So once the question has been popped and whether you're choosing a ring for a surprise proposal, or choosing together after the event, the process of finding the perfect one can seem complicated, but it isn't actually.
So our lovely friends over at Cred Jewellery have put together a little flip book Guide to Choosing your Engagement Ring which clearly takes you through the process.
I think the thing most of you lovely readers will be interested in, is that Cred, as well as the classic '4 C's' that get bandied about, also offer another vital 5th C - CONSCIENCE. I think, to date, they are the only jeweller labelling their gold with both the source and the content, giving peace of mind to you, the recipient.
A ring that can truly symbolise love.
For more information about Cred, visit their website.
Fall in love with Little Cherry
Who, do you ask, is Little Cherry?
Green is the new black. The evidence is everywhere from new technology to the vintage trend phenomenon. Reusing, recycling and upcycling are seen as standard and the planet’s wellbeing is at the forefront of everybody’s mind. Little Cherry is proud to have spotted the green revolution way back in its early days before becoming one of the nation’s top eco-friendly party suppliers. The idea of green living (and green partying) is something very close to Little Cherry’s heart, as is the small-change big-difference philosophy that has taken over in recent years.
This intended growth will be welcome news for those of you who, like Little Cherry, understand that what is good for the planet is good for its people. This simple hypothesis is the driving force behind the company’s continual efforts to source and supply the best, green products for magical white weddings and it is something they do exceptionally well. Their wonderful selection of ethically sourced, top quality party supplies demonstrates how they are ever-conscious about providing the best service to its customers and the best quality of life to its staff and suppliers. Similarly, Little Cherry’s commitment to keeping production close to the source of raw materials, as well as their commitment to ensure all manufacturing and transportation is low in emissions and cost sets them apart from other wedding supply companies. Owner Sandra Adar has described the company as “the perfect storm”, referring to how it helps the contemporary lifestyle and green philosophy work in perfect harmony to help both people and the planet.
Faritrade & Fairmined Gold revealed
At the end of last year April Doubleday, ethical jewellery designer of beautifully crafted Fairtrade and Fairmined Gold wedding and engagement rings told us she was about to embark on the journey of a lifetime. We asked her to tell us all about it on her return. Over to you April...
"Christmas 2012, after much planning my son and myself were heading out to Columbia.
I am a designer and maker of jewellery and have been using ethical gold and recycled silver since becoming a jeweller. From 2011 quite a lot of gold from the Choco Region of Columbia has been certified Fairtrade and Fairmined Ecological Gold.
Since 2006 I have been passionate about visiting the miners and the source of my gold, a dream that now, on Christmas Day flying into Bogotá, was going to be realised.
Don't forget Fairtrade Fortnight
Fairtrade Fortnight kicks off this weekend and there's plenty of fun and smiles to go around.
For Fairtrade Fortnight 2011 the Foundation is asking the nation to show off about buying Fairtrade which offers 7.5 million people in the developing world a more secure future.
You can show off Fairtrade any way you want. Take part in their bunting record attempt, hold a fashion show with your friends, or be loud and proud about how you support farmers and workers in developing countries.
They've got all sorts of tools to help you do it. So whether you're a business, a supporter or campaign group, look around their site, get inspired and get ready to Show Off Your Label.
Many of our partners and wedding vendors are businesses who support the fair trade ethic even if they are not actually registered with the Fair Trade Foundation so take a look around our Wedding Directory and find out more about fabulous wedding suppliers who will go a long way to making your fair trade wedding a bit hit.
Ethical flower girl dresses coming soon ...
Isn't she just delicious?
Now we're delighted to tell you that we will be also be stocking Lucy's brand new bridesmaid and flower girl dresses too.
As with the wedding gowns, these new frocks will be made in Tammam's atelier in India under fair trade conditions using hand loomed organic cotton and silk fabrics.
These new children's dress designs will be available from January 2011. If you would like to be notified when we have them in stock please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll put you on the mailing list.
20% discount off ethical wedding & engagement rings
We're delighted to announce that Leblas Ethical Jewellery is offering GreenUnion visitors a 20% discount off all its ethical wedding and engagement rings until 31st July 2010. For more information and to take advantage of this offer go to their website www.leblas.com and quote promotional code “greenunion”.
You can choose from their unique collection of ethical wedding, engagement and commitment rings which are all made using only recycled 18ct white and yellow gold, traceable gemstones, and conflict-free diamonds. Every ring is made with traditional artistry and modern design.
With their 4 distinct band shapes: Almond, Together, Round, and Double Leblas carries a unique variety of beautiful diamond sets, such as “The Leaf Diamond Band” and “The Double Diamond” - this season’s hottest sellers.
Fair trade jewellery on show
We're celebrating the very first international collective show of the best designers in the emerging ethical jewellery movement.
ESSENCE, hosted by CRED, is a space set aside to showcase a group of designers who share the vision that sustainable products do not have to sacrifice design or quality and are committed to sourcing all their materials and managing their business in a way that is socially, environmentally and culturally responsible.
ESSENCE is part of the Treasure exhibition, a centrepiece for London Jewellery Week, and is showcasing leading ethical jewelry designers including GreenUnion partners April Doubleday, Leblas and CRED's own stunning designer collections made from Oro Verde Fair Trade gold and platinum, recycled silver plus a range of jewellery from 6 emerging student designers from London Metropolitan University. All these dedicated and committed ethical jewellers offer stunning bridal collections and prices start from just £20.
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