New Green Wedding Idea :: Gowns Made of Plant Matter

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Green wedding ideas abound these days.  From invitiations printed with soy ink on recycled paper to compostable wedding gowns.  Say what?!  Yes, this is now a thing.  It will definitely not be everyone’s cup of tea but for those of you looking for a seriously eco gown for your big day, this may be right up your alley.

Growable Gowns is the creation of Erin Smith, a grad student in New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) whose mission is to explore new ways to use communications technologies. One area of their work is repurposing and reusing items that outlive their usability. When Smith became engaged she developed the idea of Growable Gowns as a her thesis project.

Through Growable Gowns Smith constructs gowns of bacteria, fungi, and other biodegradable materials. After the wedding the gown can be used as fertilizer. This idea sounds crazy to many of us, but some super eco gals may be able to get behind the idea of a gown made from tree mulch and plant matter.

If you’d rather your gown be made of more traditional materials but still want to go green try a recycled gown on for size. Or maybe someone in your family has one they’d be glad to share. I wore my Mom’s dress and it meant so much to be married in the same gown in which she married my Dad.

For more ideas on greening your big day read about the latest in sustainable wedding trends.


[wedding gown image by Adam Kaminiski at, cc]


Written by Liz Thompson

I am an organic beauty expert, writer, and mom of two young environmentalists who can already spot a toxic product when they see one. Read more about me at Organic Beauty, and find me on , Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

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