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How To Have An Eco-Friendly Wedding, As Told By Bollywood Couples

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Hasina Khatib

The year is 2022, and climate change is not a crisis we can afford to ignore any longer. It is time to examine every aspect of our lives to note down room for change, and it comes as no surprise that the big fat Indian wedding isn’t kind on the environment with all of its excesses.

It may not be possible to have an entirely zero-impact wedding, but if you are looking to make the biggest day of your life a sustainable one, here are all the small ways in which celebrity couples have been making their nuptials more friendly to the environment:

Anushka Sharma And Virat Kohli

Sustainability is clearly a cause that lives close to their hearts, as expressed in their decision to accompany the wedding invites with a small sapling and a note for their guests to plant it and make the earth a greener place.

Sonam Kapoor And Anand Ahuja

The couple chose to dial back their environmental impact by eschewing paper invites entirely in favour of thoughtfully designed e-vites that promptly went viral on social media. Besides being cost-effective, paperless invites are also a handy way of ensuring zero wastage in the invites process.

Deepika Padukone And Ranveer Singh

For their Bengaluru reception, the couple negated the use of styrofoam tableware by instead opting for biodegradable table products for their guests. Crafted from sugarcane fibre, they decompose within a time window of 60-90 days, as opposed to the former that can litter the planet for centuries.

Dia Mirza And Vaibhav Rekhi

Taking her role as a UNEP National Goodwill Ambassador seriously, Dia Mirza proved her commitment to sustainability by organising a plastic-free and zero-waste wedding. In an Instagram post accompanying the nuptials, she confirmed that the minimal decor was constructed entirely from biodegradable materials.

Alia Bhatt And Ranbir Kapoor

Fashion’s impact on the environment isn’t lost on the young star, who has previously conceptualised an eco-friendly kidswear label, Ed-A-Mamma. For her wedding, she chose to carry forward the memo by requesting close friend and couturier Manish Malhotra to construct a sustainable take on the classic lehenga, crafted from upcycled patchwork and scraps of weaves, fabrics, and embroidery.