Biodegradable Wedding Dress

Growable Gowns: Wedding Dresses Made for the Compost Heap

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Adapted from a story originally by Gaea Denker-Lehrman

If you are a bride-to-be who loves the environment, you don’t need to upcycle or recycle a dress to have a green wedding. Now you can have your dream dress and compost it too!

The latest trend in green weddings is the biodegradable wedding gown. Grown from fashionable fungi, these dresses can simply be tossed onto the compost pile at the bottom of your garden when your special day is done.

That means you can turn your wedding dress into some beautiful flowers for your garden. Known as the “Growable Gown”, these green wedding fashions are the brain child of Erin Smith. They are created from panels of snow-white, a fungus which takes about a week to grow. Once the panels are grown, they are baked and molded into form-fitting gowns.

If wearing a fungi dress is just not your style, you can create your own biodegradable dress by using only natural materials like organic cotton, bamboo or hemp. You can shred the dress after your wedding (do I hear a ‘trash that dress’ photo session coming on?) and toss it into the compost heap.

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Nikki is an author and writer specializing in green living ideas and tips, adventure travel, upcycling, and all things eco-friendly. She's traveled the globe, swum with sharks and been bitten by a lion (fact). She lives in a tiny town with a fat cat and a very bad dog.

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