Weddings get 'green' makeover

LAGUNA BEACH, CALIF. Something borrowed and something blue might be traditional, but jewelry designer Renee Pawele wants brides to think about something green.

Wedding vendors who incorporate green or socially conscious materials and labor practices recently came together at Hotel Seven4one in Laguna Beach, Calif., for Pawele's eco friendly bridal expo.

"We all started thinking about how people in the wedding industry can be a little more responsible," Pawele said.

For some, that means making their products locally.

Jeff Johnson, also known as Jeff the Silent Chef, talks with couples at his San Clemente headquarters about how to incorporate local, sustainable ingredients into their menus.

"Once you get them aware, they get excited about it," he said.

The wedding industry won't turn green overnight, Pawele conceded, but making brides more aware of eco friendly choices is a step in the right direction.

"Through creating a demand, I think we're going to have more fabrics to choose from," she said.

See more online at www.somethinggreen.net.

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