Thursday, May 20, 2010

400,000 recycled cans to pay for a wedding

Love this story as reported in the Huffington Post.

"Some people ask their parents to pay for their wedding, or go into debt to pull it off. One couple in Spokane, Washington have decided to pay for their wedding by recycling aluminum cans. Andrea Parrish, 25, and Peter Geyer, 29 are trying to raise $4,000 for a modest wedding on July 31st by recycling. According to their website, environmental responsibility plays a big part in their lives.

In an era of excessive consumerism and outlandish wedding spending, we at HuffPost Green admire this couple's initiative, gumption and care for the planet. The couple notes that after they recycle the planned 5 tons of aluminum, they will have offset 5 years of their own carbon footprints as well as the emissions from the wedding itself. Bravo!"

On 8 May 2010, the couple wrote in their journal that they are 86% on their way to recycling 400,000 cans to pay for their wedding.

"With 83 days left before our wedding, we’ve reached 86 percent of our can-collection goal. We are both incredibly excited about the wedding, and there are lots of plans that are being settled. Over the last week, however, we have encountered a hiccup in wedding planning that is proving quite significant. In short, our very-loved and very much looked-forward to venue of the castle in Hope, Idaho had to be canceled. We tried several times to work things out with the owner of the castle, but in the end, Peter and I didn’t want to risk almost 75% of our very hard-earned (and relatively small) wedding budget on an uncertain venue."

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