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GREEN GAUGE

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Wedding vendors are often surprised that they can fit into Green Union's environmental criteria...

Just because your business doesn't actually 'focus' on truly environmentally natural weddings you may assume that you would not be eligible for membership, but if you think your wedding services fit with Green Union's ethos then you'll most likely find that you easily fall within our ethical and environmentally conscious guidelines without even trying!

The wedding industry covers a broad activity base and couples will have their own benchmark of how 'green' their suppliers should be so we happily accept wedding suppliers who can check 4 or more criteria. Plus small businesses working out of their own homes should take their home life into account.

Our Green Gauge

Each area checked below merits a score of one point, therefore the higher the number the greener the supplier. Your ethical count will be clearly marked on your listing page.

Carbon: Do you strive to be energy efficient; buy energy through a 'green' tariff, use energy efficient light bulbs, work or live in well insulated premises, turn heating thermostats down by 1°C?

Environmental Policy: Do you have written and enforced policy on any of the areas listed?

Fair Trade and Diversity: Do you pay a fair wage, offer equal opportunity to all, and support fair trade here and/or abroad?

Finance: Do you bank and/or save with an ethical bank, do you donate to charity?

Food and Flowers: Do you source seasonal, local and/or organic produce, do you grow your own produce?

Heritage and Culture: Do you preserve, revive or promote local traditions, culture or agriculture?

Materials: Do you use renewable and/or recycled materials, make your own products, use or sell locally made or UK made products?

Transport: Do you strive to substitute car travel with public or even no transport (e.g. video conferencing)? Are you a member of a car club? If you own a vehicle is it a hybrid/electric/biodiesel? Do you try to reduce your carbon footprint as much as possible?

Waste: Do you recycle paper, cans and glass, ink cartridges, compost waste; re-use as much as you can like plastic bags, cardboard boxes, packaging, fabrics; reduce junk mail, print double sided, avoid disposable items; buy recycled office materials, refuse sacks?

Water: Do you use water efficient appliances, collect rainwater, utilise grey water, source your own water?

If the above scares you stiff and you're still not sure whether your beautiful business qualifies, then let me help you figure it out - do email info@greenunion.co.uk or phone 01769 550580 for a chat.

THE GUIDE

Wedding planning can be a daunting prospect, but it needn't be. Just take a deep breath and rummage through our pages of information, advice and useful tips for throwing an eco friendly wedding. We'll take you through the planning process from start to finish. Have a wonderful journey!

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