Climate change is currently rampant. Pollution is the primary concern we need to address in our country. Human beings and animals are suffering and can barely breathe oxygen. At this critical point of time, Tamil Nadu’s Deputy Collector of Kancheepuram, Selvamathi Venkatesh organised an eco-friendly wedding for her son.
She printed the wedding invitations on handkerchiefs instead of wedding invitations on the cards. Talking to The New Indian Express she said, “Wedding cards are extremely expensive, and for what, they are thrown into the dumpster a day after the wedding. I always used to feel bad when I saw fancy wedding cards, as they serve no purpose.” She also said that the print on the handkerchiefs will disappear after 2-3 washes and can be used for daily purposes. The invitations were placed in a small pouch printed with beautiful designs that can be used by the women later.
There were steel tumblers and banana leaves used for serving food. The wedding also minimised the paper waste and instead they used cotton towels replacing the tissues. There were 2000 seed balls gifted to the guests that include vegetables, neem trees, and teak trees. The cover in which the seed balls were gifted was printed with the directions of how to plant the seeds.
India is known for its extravagant weddings, producing plastic waste that takes ages to degrade and paper waste that costs trees which are our free oxygen suppliers. It is high time that we stop draining our wealth into such show-offs that harm the environment and in turn harm the entire life on the earth.