Would You Drop Your Eco Standards To Be Beautiful On Your Wedding Day?

July 24th, 2014

Most of us try to do our bit for the planet by being eco-savvy consumers, without compromising our wellness in the process. The problem is, there are certain areas in the health and beauty industry which fall short of providing options which are good for us while being environmentally friendly.

So, what happens when your wedding is on the horizon and you want to whiten your teeth or diminish those pesky fine lines, but the green, sustainable or ethical option is not available?

 

It’s not easy being green

The beauty industry has started to cater to the consumer’s need to use chemical-free products which are healthier for people and planet. It’s still not perfect, and the truth is sometimes the chemical options are much more effective than the green alternatives.

 

And, when it comes to healthcare, being green isn’t so straight forward. The dental and medical industry has been slow to employ green services and products, which forces consumers to drop certain green standards when it comes to getting the results they want.

The good news is, there are products and services available in the areas which have been slower to adopt green credentials, so that those 100% committed to the eco path don’t have to veer off at certain junctures.

 

You don’t have to compromise your green standards

In Amercia alone, 9.2 million cosmetic procedures were performed in 2011, and of those 90% were on women. A total cost of US$10 billion.

There are however, safer and less expensive alternatives to the more abrasive procedures on the market, such as LED light therapy and cosmetic acupuncture. Light pens are used for non-needle acupuncture treatments and ‘photo-facials’ are also becoming common in beauty salons, Massage is also a good way to improve skin tone, relax facial muscles and increase blood flow.

Benefiting from the contributions of both Chinese and Western practitioners, cosmetic acupuncture is an effective non-surgical therapy that can reduce or retard the signs of aging by hydrating and plumping up the skin, while nourishing and energising the skin and facial muscles, bringing improvements in muscle tone and skin health and quality.

While preparing for your big day, it’s important to add a good skincare arsenal to your beauty regime. Be mindful of ingredients such as alcohol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Mineral Oil which can strip skin of its natural moisture and slow the skin’s ability to create healthy cells.

In recent years, there has been an explosion of wonderful organic skincare brands on the market to choose from. Most organic brands also do fake tans for those who don’t want to use anything with harsh ingredients, along with sunscreens and makeup.

And what about cosmetic treatments for our teeth?

Let’s be honest, when it comes to teeth all our green principals seem to fly out the window but the health of our teeth is fundamental to our overall well being.

However, there are Eco Dentists available, which are committed to reducing waste and pollution, saving water, energy and money. And, manufacturers are now producing green dental products which are just as effective.

And if you want whiter teeth for your wedding, air polishing is a safer and effective option, which uses bi-carbonate soda to blast off stains. The effect is much more natural than having bright white teeth which can look too prefect and overdone.

The proof is out there, there are many safer and green alternatives on the market which help us to protect and care for the planet while nurturing our natural beauty. So, if you want that great smile for your wedding photos, there’s no need to compromise your eco standards.

Megan McAuliffe is a writer, blogger and journalist covering ethical, green and sustainable lifestyles and culture. She writes health related articles for The London Lingual Orthodontic Clinic, and is based in Brighton, U.K., you can find her at @meganeditorial

Australian, Eco, Vegan, No-Alcohol Wedding

August 14th, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you Leigh-Chantelle for sharing this amazing eco-friendly, vegan wedding. For more positive and inspiring writing, music and vegan information please visit Leigh-ChantelleCarol Slater and Viva la Vegan.

Eco Wedding Collections

June 3rd, 2013

It’s been two years since we chatted with Lori Del Genis, creator of Conscious Elegance eco wedding dresses [link: http://yesbride.com/blog/2011/07/eco-chic-wedding-dresses/ ]. We thought we’d check in with her and see what’s been happening in the realm of green wedding gowns.

Lori: What’s new at Conscious Elegance this season? We’ve updated the Collections so that they are intuitively organized: we have flounces and bustles in our Sustainable Romance Collection and eye-popping Wowza in our Eco Chic Drama Collection:

http://consciouselegance.com/Eco-Wedding-Collections/

Our new designs take every advantage of reclaimed dress materials: we’ve included lots of ruching, which uses smaller fabric pieces and is wonderfully flattering on every figure. And I’ve found a beautiful use for all of those sparkly lacy pearl appliques we’ve been taking off those old 1980′s silk dresses! Hurrah!

But what might be the most exciting news this season is that one of Conscious Elegance’s sustainable eco wedding dresses will be shown at the American Textile History Museum!

http://www.athm.org/exhibitions/current_exhibitions/behind-the-veil-exhibition.php

This is so exciting! The ATHM is affiliated with the Smithsonian, so now we get to say that our work is being shown in a Smithsonian museum. HOW COOL IS THAT. And we’ve been asked to educate the public through 2 interactive presentations on the AMTH’s Family Day (4 May). We’re going to create a whole new generation of sustainable designers!

Conscious Elegance eco-friendly wedding dress – Kimberly

 

Conscious Elegance eco-friendly wedding dress – Laura

 

Conscious Elegance eco-wedding dress – Melissa satin

 

Conscious Elegance eco-wedding dress – Clio ivory

 

Conscious Elegance green wedding dress – Desiree

 

Conscious Elegance green wedding dress – Melissa raw silk – Cinderella

 

Conscious Elegance organic wedding dress – Ana

 

Conscious Elegance sustainable wedding dress – Lana

 

Conscious Elegance sustainable wedding dress – Mara

Earth Day: Eco-Friendly Wedding

April 21st, 2013

To celebrate the wonder and beauty of our planet, SimplyBridal has taken the time to create a fun visual of many ways for you to have a sustainable wedding. Can you believe that 62 tons of carbon dioxide is created from the 2.5 million weddings in the United States alone? This doesn’t even account for the 9 million weddings that are celebrated in China, can you image in the figures worldwide? From the paper used for invitations, to the jewelry pieces that are worn by the bridal party SimplyBridal has thought of it all! Donate un-served food, and encourage your guest to take public transportation, do something good for our world today.

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