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If you’ve spent any time on social media in the past 10 years, you would have seen plenty of photos of happy couples leaving their wedding ceremony bathed in confetti. Hell, you’ve probably attended plenty of weddings and thrown the confetti yourself.
But while we’ve all been tossing out the confetti, I also know many of us have wondered how sustainable it is. As the confetti melts into the pavement, wondering how long it will be until it biodegrades is a fair concern, and though you can buy biodegradable options, there’s an even better way to do it.
One trend we’ve seen pop up on TikTok is to forego traditional confetti or rice and make the most of what’s around you: leaves. As people on the platform share their journeys towards planning a sustainable wedding, from the clothing choices for the wedding party to the food and locations.
But the TikTokkers have wised up to how they can reduce the waste that specifically comes with tossing the highly photogenic confetti at the end of the day. By simply plucking leaves from a variety of trees with different colours and textures, drying them and then using a decorative hole puncher to cut then into cute shapes, you’ve made confetti. If you want to add a bit of colour, you could also add dried petals from flowers.
Unlike confetti, usually made from plastic or paper, this patterned confetti made from leaves are biodegradable and can be left in the soil. A win-win for the couple and the planet.
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