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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.

Latest Sustainability News | August 2021
Latest Sustainability News | 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

Latest Sustainability News | July 2021
Latest Sustainability News | 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.

What is Earth Day and how can you be part of the change?
What is Earth Day and how can you be part of the change?

On 22nd April we celebrate Earth Day. This year, the theme is "Restore our Earth". Earth Day events will be taking place online, across the world, with up to 1 billion people getting involved across more than 190 nations.

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?

Proud to partner with Sheepdrove, leading the way in sustainable weddings
Proud to partner with Sheepdrove, leading the way in sustainable weddings

Sheepdrove is owned by environmental campaigners Peter and Juliet Kindersley. Sheepdrove has for decades been leading the way with sustainable and environmentally responsible practices.

International Women’s Day: Celebrating female leaders in Sustainability
International Women’s Day: Celebrating female leaders in Sustainability

Promoting a more sustainable future and celebrating those women that have led the way for us. A challenged world is an alert world. And from challenge comes change. So let's all #ChooseToChallenge.

What can we do to tackle food waste in the wedding industry?
What can we do to tackle food waste in the wedding industry?

For the majority of weddings, after travel, food waste is the one of the highest contributors to GHG. But what can we do to reduce food waste in the industry? #GuardiansOfGrub #LoveFoodHateWaste

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.

Bodleian Library, Oxford

Wednesday 6th October | 09:00 – 10:30

Join us for the first networking event in Oxfordshire on Wednesday 6th October from 9 to 10:30am at the Bodleian Library. Sponsored by Oxford Fine Dining.

We invite businesses from across the region to join us, network with local suppliers and get hear from our Founder, Michelle Miles, about what you can do to make your business more sustainable, and attract environmentally conscious couples.

Temple of Peace, Cardiff

Thursday 11th November | 10:00 – 11:30

Join us for the first networking event in Wales on Thursday 11th November from 10 to 11:30am at the Temple of Peace, Cardiff. Sponsored by Wild Roots Kitchen & Bar.

We invite businesses from across Wales to join our Founder, Michelle Miles and Welsh sustainable wedding consultant, Zoe Binning, to hear first hand how you can make your business more sustainable, and attract environmentally conscious couples.

Hayne House, Nr Hythe, Kent

Tuesday 16th November | 10:00 – 11:30

Join us for the first networking event in Kent on Tuesday 16th November from 10 to 11:30am at Hayne House, near Hythe.

Join us at the Conscious Connections event at Hayne House and hear first hand how they have developed their business to more sustainable, why they’ve joined the UN race to zero and what simple sustainable initiatives have been the most successful.