Did you know that the production of one gold ring can produce 20 tons of mine waste? Luckily for green brides, purchasing eco-friendly bridesmaid jewelry, engagement rings and wedding bands is easier than ever.
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Look for web sites and retailers that specify an eco-friendly process for their jewelry. These vendors should state that their mission is to provide ecologically and socially responsible jewelry alternatives. These sites are committed to offering alternatives by using recycled metals in their jewelry and conflict-free diamonds and gemstones.
Green brides can shop on web sites that donate some of the proceeds to worthy causes. The Inhabitat shop offers jewelry like Linda Loudermilk’s water necklace made from reclaimed silver. Donations from each purchase go to the YEW Foundation to support organizations with clean water initiatives.
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Vintage never goes out of style! Instead of purchasing new jewelry for yourself and your bridesmaids, you can always opt for vintage. It’s an easy, affordable and sustainable way to “go green” on your wedding day.