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The Sustainable Wedding Summit empowered wedding professionals with actionable steps to weave sustainability into their businesses, fostering a community committed to greener celebrations and a thriving planet.
The Sustainable Wedding Alliance (SWA) is proudly saying "I Do" to a new level of commitment, achieving the prestigious B Corp certification with a remarkable score of 100.5 points.
Calling all eco-conscious wedding professionals. Join the first-ever, in person Sustainable Wedding Summit on 1st February 2024, and become a changemaker in the industry.
Join the Sustainable Wedding Summit, a transformative event for wedding professionals seeking to integrate sustainability into their businesses. Immerse yourself in interactive sessions, learn from experts, and embark on a journey towards creating conscious wedding industry that balances people, profit and planet.
Sign up to receive the latest news in sustainable weddings, tips, events and special offers! You'll also be the first to hear about the Wedding Carbon Footprint Calculator launch.
The Sustainable Wedding Awards are officially open and we've received an incredible response so far! Have you applied yet?
Sustainability is on the rise for businesses in the UK. Discover the benefits and challenges of adopting sustainable practices, and how to get started.
Making your wedding business more sustainable is a good way to reduce your environmental and social impact, improve your reputation, and attract new customers
On Monday 4th December, we are taking part in the Carbon Literacy Action Day - the world's largest climate education-and-action training event, coinciding with COP28.
Renewable energy is becoming increasingly popular among businesses in the UK, as it offers a number of advantages. Learn more about what other businesses are doing, and what steps you can take.
The Sustainable Wedding Alliance introduces a groundbreaking accreditation, revolutionising sustainability in the wedding industry, empowering businesses to create eco-friendly weddings.
They say money makes the world go round, and it’s a fundamental part of sustainability. For us transparency when it comes to money is key. As part of ensuring we are financially responsible, we adhere to the ethical marketing pledge and prompt payment code.
Hospitality and Food Service professionals can show how they are saving food, money and time in the race to Net Zero by keeping food from being wasted this March. Eleanor Morris at WRAP tells us how.
A Sustainability Policy outlines your commitment towards ethical and environmental practices and procedures within your business. But where do you start when creating one?
Download your free ethical marketing guide for wedding professionals now! Sign up to the eco edit for instant access to your comprehensive guide on marketing your business with ethics and values at the core.
We’ve all heard the term net zero, but what exactly does it mean? Put simply, net zero refers to the balance between the amount of greenhouse gas produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere.
Being a sustainable business isn't about financial gain, it's about being responsible and making considered choices. But what if there were also rewards, acknowledging outstanding businesses and individuals, and encouraging sustainable behaviour?
Although recycling is third on the waste hierarchy, it isn't to be underestimated. If you can't reduce, or reuse an item, your next point of call should be recycling. Over the years attitudes towards recycling have changed hugely, in both good and not so good ways.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 a genuinely plastic-free solution.
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.
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.
Businesses making claims about their sustainability will have to provide more transparency to avoid greenwashing, as new ‘Green Claims’ guidance comes into force in January. Is your business green claims code ready?
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.
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.
#StopBurningStuff - A special episode ahead of the UN Climate Change Convention (COP26)
One of the simplest ways for you to reduce your impact on the climate is to switch your energy supply to renewable electricity
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 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?
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.
You may have heard us mention Business Declares in the past, but who are they, what do they do and how can you get involved?
What is air pollution? Learn how greenhouse gasses, smog, and toxic pollutants effect climate change, and human health.
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.
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.
"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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sheepdrove is owned by environmental campaigners Peter and Juliet Kindersley. Sheepdrove has for decades been leading the way with sustainable and environmentally responsible practices.
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.
Officially launched on 1 March 2021, the Sustainable Wedding Alliance guides wedding businesses along their sustainable journey, through education, support and accreditation.
Sustainability can mean different things to different people, but in the context of your business, what does it mean to you? To develop a sustainable business you need to think about meeting your current business and clients needs, whilst protecting the environment and resources for the future.
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
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.
Four out of five people choosing companies that have a positive approach to environmental sustainability, now is the right time to make your business sustainable.
Now is the time to build a better future. What gets decided now could impact us for decades to come. But what is a green economy? And how does it help us put people and the planet first? Find out by watching this video.
Carbon Literacy Training for Wedding Professionals
Join the accredited Carbon Literacy training course, designed for those working in the wedding industry. This is the perfect course for people that want to make a positive change and take action on climate change through their role.
This course is aimed specifically at those in the wedding industry, and will give you the knowledge and the tools you need to be confident when talking about climate change. The course will take you from the basics of climate science, and what is happening with the climate emergency; through to how this will impact everyone, enabling you to pledge relevant carbon reducing actions in your life, work & industry.
On successful completion of your Carbon Literacy training, after submitting your actions, you can become certified as ‘Carbon Literate’, joining more than 80,000 others, and including business leaders across multiple sectors. By taking part in this course, you will join individuals and team members across other businesses including the NHS, Patagonia and the BBC to become ‘Carbon Literate’, helping to embed a widespread low-carbon culture.
We run both in person and online sessions. The in person sessions are completed in one day, whilst the online training is usually over two half day sessions.
After completing the course, you’ll be asked to complete a Participant Evidence form which will then be sent to the Carbon Literacy Project for approval. Once the form has been approved you will receive your certificate.
The course is £80 per person plus a £10 certificate fee. The course is free for Sustainable Wedding Alliance Members.
Sign up below to join us at one of the scheduled training courses, or if you’d like to host an in person session with colleagues or your network, contact us to find out our availability.
An Introduction to Sustainability & the Sustainable Wedding Alliance
Tuesday 12th March
10am – 10:45am
Calling all wedding professionals! Are you looking to attract conscious couples and future-proof your business? Join us for an exclusive event exploring the exciting world of sustainable weddings.
What’s in store?
- Demystifying Sustainability: Gain a clear understanding of what ‘sustainable weddings’ means and how it can benefit your business and the planet.
- Actionable Inspiration: Get practical tips and resources to easily incorporate eco-friendly practices into your services, from sourcing materials to managing waste.
- Ask the Experts: Have your burning questions answered by industry leaders and sustainability champions.
Discover the Sustainable Wedding Alliance: Learn how our supportive community can help you network, collaborate, and thrive in the sustainable wedding space.
The Sustainable Wedding Alliance: Your Key to Success
We’ll dive into the valuable perks of being a member, including:
- Networking with like-minded businesses: Collaborate and share best practices.
- Access to expert resources and training: Stay ahead of the curve.
- Credibility and trust: Showcase your commitment to sustainability and attract values-driven clients.
- Exclusive marketing opportunities: Reach a growing audience of conscious couples.
Join us and:
- Enhance your brand image: Stand out in the competitive wedding market.
- Attract eco-conscious couples: Tap into a lucrative and growing niche.
- Future-proof your business: Be prepared for the sustainable future of weddings.
- Make a positive impact: Contribute to a healthier planet and happier couples.
Space is limited, so register today!
Don’t miss this chance to make your business bloom with sustainable weddings!
Conscious Connections events are for local suppliers to come together, network and learn from each other.
Our next Conscious Connections events will be at the end of this year. If you would like to receive information on these or are a venue and would to like to host one of these events please contact email@example.com
We’re excited to be joining the Hostology team for the 2023/24 roadshow along with our industry friends, The Venue Experts. The Roadshows are bigger and (we think) better. With a focus on the Power of People, bring your venue team and join us at a location near you. We can promise a day filled with expert insights, networking, exclusive venue tours – and lunch.
It’s the perfect opportunity for your team to connect with other venues and gain invaluable advice from our experts; wedding sales whizz Stacey Ferguson-Czersovski and her team, our very own sustainability specialist Michelle Miles, plus guests speakers.
Roadshows events are fun and informative sessions for the whole team – find one near you and join us.