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How important is sustainability to couples planning their wedding?
How important is sustainability to couples planning their wedding?

We recently ran a survey on couples that are planning their wedding, or recently married to find out how important sustainability was to them. And the results speak for themselves... 

Survey Results: How sustainable is the wedding industry right now?
Survey Results: How sustainable is the wedding industry right now?

Is a question that we get asked a lot! And unfortunately there hasn't been an easy answer. So in April 2021 we launched our wedding sustainability surveys - one for couples and one for businesses.

It’s time for the 2022 Sustainability Survey – Help us help you
It’s time for the 2022 Sustainability Survey – Help us help you

The 2022 Sustainable Surveys are out! Closing date for replies is 22nd April. Our mission to to make the wedding industry more sustainable, but to do that it's important for us to know where we are. For businesses and couples.

Member News: The Wellbeing Farm Certifies as a B Corporation
Member News: The Wellbeing Farm Certifies as a B Corporation

SWA Member, The Wellbeing Farm has been awarded B Corporation certification. They are one of the first hospitality businesses to achieve this important certification and the first exclusive events and wedding venue in the UK.

Celebrate our Guardians of Grub during Food Waste Action Week 2022
Celebrate our Guardians of Grub during Food Waste Action Week 2022

Hospitality and food service professionals can save food, money and the planet by keeping food from being wasted this March. Be part of #lovefoodhatewaste week 7-13th March 2022

Sustainable Wedding Planning: Getting rid of the unnecessaries
Sustainable Wedding Planning: Getting rid of the unnecessaries

When we say unnecessaries, we're talking about all those little things, all the elements that are nice to have, but when you look at the waste and cost (both financially and to the planet) aren't truly necessary. 

At last, a genuinely plastic-free solution for hot drinks!
At last, a genuinely plastic-free solution for hot drinks!

We get through 7 million single-use coffee cups each day in the UK - 2.5 billion every year. Thankfully there are some solutions available, including some that have a water-based lining. 

What is a sustainability policy and does my business need one?
What is a sustainability policy and does my business need one?

A Sustainability Policy outlines your commitment towards ethical and environmental practices and procedures within your business. But where do you start when creating one?

Time to talk food waste and what to do about it
Time to talk food waste and what to do about it

If you’ve not heard of Guardians of Grub yet, you soon will. It’s the latest initiative from the people behind Love Food Hate Waste, that’s helping the Hospitality and Food Service industry tackle the £3.2billion of wasted food we chuck into the bin every year.

Now is the time to develop a clear action plan to reach net zero
Now is the time to develop a clear action plan to reach net zero

According a recent study by the British Chambers of Commerce, only 1 in 10 small businesses measure their carbon footprint. That's despite over half of the businesses saying that their customers were concerned about the climate crisis. 

Sustainability News | Supply Chain | November 2021
Sustainability News | Supply Chain | November 2021

This month we've been talking a lot about supply chain - talking to suppliers about how you can more to a more sustainable supply chain and remove single use plastic. It's also something we've seen a lot in the media about this month.

Report reveals higher digital carbon cost than round the world flights
Report reveals higher digital carbon cost than round the world flights

Nearly 80% of us failing to consider the environmental impact of our data use online, ‘dirty data’ habits could be silently contributing as much to global emissions as international air travel.

Sustainability News | Water | October 2021
Sustainability News | Water | October 2021

This month we've been talking a lot about water - why we need it, where it comes from, how to storage, save and measure it...  But it's also been featured in the media a lot this month too.

We need to stop burning stuff
We need to stop burning stuff

#StopBurningStuff - A special episode ahead of the UN Climate Change Convention (COP26)

Are we running out of water?
Are we running out of water?

Despite water covering 71% of the planet’s surface, more than half the world’s population endures extreme water scarcity for at least one month a year. So are we running out of clean water?

Forests are a lifeline for people and planet
Forests are a lifeline for people and planet

Forests are a lifeline for both people and planet, and are the second largest global store of carbon on our planet. Yet they are being cleared, burned or degraded at an alarming rate. But what can you do to help prevent further deforestation?

Sustainability News | Energy | September 2021
Sustainability News | Energy | September 2021

This month we've been talking a lot about energy, how it's produced, how to save it and where to buy it, and it's been featured a lot in the media too.

What is air pollution?
What is air pollution?

What is air pollution? Learn how greenhouse gasses, smog, and toxic pollutants effect climate change, and human health.

Why does the wedding industry need to be more sustainable?
Why does the wedding industry need to be more sustainable?

As part of our #DrivingSustainableChange series we interviewed Gwenda Jeffs about the changes she has seen in the industry since taking over the GREEN UNION, through the pandemic and her predictions for the future.

Sustainability News | Waste | August 2021
Sustainability News | Waste | August 2021

Waste has been a real issue across the industry for many years, and although people are more aware of the damage that single use can do, in busy times they fall back into old habits and choose convenience over conscience. 

Three ways your business can reduce it’s energy consumption right now!
Three ways your business can reduce it’s energy consumption right now!

Every business has an environmental impact, and a substantial part of this comes from the energy used to run buildings and equipment. We asked the team at Energy Solutions Oxfordshire what their top three tips are to reduce energy consumption right now.

What does the IPCC report mean?
What does the IPCC report mean?

"If we combine forces now, we can avert climate catastrophe. But, as today's report makes clear, there is no time for delay and no room for excuses. I count on government leaders and all stakeholders to ensure COP26 is a success." UN Secretary-General António Guterres

Sustainability News | Carbon | July 2021
Sustainability News | Carbon | July 2021

As we reach the half way point in the year, I think it's fair to say that no one expected we'd be where we are... this is our monthly round up of sustainability news from across the globe.

How can you make your small business more sustainable?
How can you make your small business more sustainable?

Understand what you can do to have a positive impact on the environment. It's not just about saving the planet, it's great for your brand reputation and bottom line too!

British Flower Week: Celebrating growers, florists and wholesalers
British Flower Week: Celebrating growers, florists and wholesalers

Today is the start of a weeklong celebration of the beauty and variety of British cut flowers, foliage and plants, as well as the florists, growers and wholesalers across the country.

Why I’ve decided to make my business a more sustainable one
Why I’ve decided to make my business a more sustainable one

As part of our Driving Sustainable Change series, we're talking to business owners and sustainability champions. Today we hear from Jo about how she made her business more sustainable.

The wedding industry can build back better
The wedding industry can build back better

It's been a tough year but as an industry we have an opportunity to build back better, making our businesses more sustainable and meeting the demand from conscious couples for sustainable, ethical weddings.

Speakers for the Sustainable Wedding Summit 2021 announced
Speakers for the Sustainable Wedding Summit 2021 announced

Join us for the first Sustainable Wedding Summit on Thursday 6th May and find out what you can do to make your business more sustainable. The event will be taking place virtually with speakers and live Q&A.

Conscious Connections

Conscious Connection events are for local suppliers to come together, network and learn from each other.

Being sustainable isn’t just about reducing waste or energy consumption, it flows through everything we do, in our businesses and in the weddings, we produce. The most common thing we hear when talking to business owners is that they want to be more sustainable, but just don’t know where to start. There is so much in the media about being green, but in reality, it can be a little overwhelming.

The Sustainable Wedding Alliance are here to support you, to help you to build a business that you’re proud of, one that has sustainability at its core and that balances people and planet.

The next Conscious Connections events will be in Autumn/Winter 2022/23.