The Greening of a Royal Wedding
Just how green was the Royal Wedding? While, the carbon footprint produced by Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding last Friday was surely giant — think of the resources used and the thousands of people traveling to be there — at least the royal couple made some attempts to minimize their impact and give a nod to eco-friendly themes.
Prince William and his bride chose seasonal flowers and locally grown food, among other earth friendly wedding materials. And facilities were powered in part by renewable energy. All documents were printed on recycled paper and using FSC-certified wood and scaffolding in the building of the media stands. The carbon emissions of the wedding were also offset as part of the royal household's annual carbon footprinting exercise.
The 1,500 guests dined on sustainably sourced food and drink, and Kate chose azaleas and lilacs among many other local, seasonal flowers, and during the ceremony at Westminster Abbey, the couple walked down an avenue of trees, which have been replanted at the Prince of Wales Highgrove Estate.
Finally, the adorable Aston Martin that the couple drove off in, had been converted to run on 100 per cent bioethanol fuel distilled from surplus British wine in 2008.
All of this will surely not offset the carbon impacts of the entire affair. But still it’s good to see the royals are setting an example at this highly watched event, though not so surprising given Prince Charles' environmental record.