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sus·tain·a·bil·i·ty: /səˌstānəˈbilədē/ Noun: avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance.

If you are paying attention, you know that the world has a problem with waste. The United States has the highest amount of waste generated per person of any country at an average of 4.6 pounds per day, and only around 1/10 of solid garbage is recycled each year. Roughly 80% of what is in landfills could be recycled. The average American throws away around 1,200 pounds of waste each year that could be composted and kept out of the landfill.

1.3 billion tons of food are wasted every year, amounting to $1 trillion dollars of wasted or lost food. That is 40% of all the food produced. Just one quarter of that food could feed the 795 million undernourished people around the world who suffer from hunger. Additionally, food waste generates 3.3 billion tons of carbon dioxide, which accelerates global climate change.

And what about weddings?

An average 100-person wedding produces approximately 600 pounds of waste – half of what we throw away every year – in just one day. Annually, that amounts to one billion tons of waste (based on 2.3 million weddings per year). With roughly a third of wedding guests traveling by air and car rental, that same wedding creates 66 tons of CO2, which is equivalent to what 4-5 people would generate in a year. These are just some ways your special day can affect our globe.

We know these things matter to you, and that is why you are here. At Gleam Sustainable Weddings, it is our mission to work with you and your vendors to reduce the amount of landfill waste at your wedding. We will help you find caterers who can cut food waste, venues that support green initiatives, and floral designers who source local, seasonal flowers. We can even help you offset the carbon footprint of your special day by working with companies who fund green initiatives like tree planting or renewable energy projects. It is our goal to help you create an event that leaves an impact on your guests but not the environment.