Save The Date: Committed 2018

December 11th, 2017
Committed 2017 had gorgeous displays by talented vendors!  Photo by Genevieve Lauren Photography.

Committed 2017 had gorgeous displays by talented vendors! Photo by Genevieve Lauren Photography.

Remember the fabulous wedding show put on every year by the Green Wedding Alliance?  Well, the 2018 show is coming right up.  You can put Sunday, January 21, 2018 on your calendar right now.

The event will be at Greenhouse Loft, 2545 W. Diversey Ave., 2nd Floor.  It’s a beautiful venue and just right for this event.  Committed gives you a sneak peek at some of the finest wedding vendors in Chicago, all of whom are themselves committed to sustainable practices.

Here are some more photos from last year’s event, to whet your appetite.  All photos by Genevieve Lauren Photography.

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Green Resource: SWANNC

December 4th, 2017
Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

Okay, so technically this is not just a resource for weddings, events, and parties.  It’s for everyone, all the time.  And it’s not glamorous.  I’m talking about the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (or SWANNC).  Even for people who don’t live in Northern Cook County, this website has a huge amount of information that is useful.

There is a directory of resources for reusing and recycling that covers everything from Appliances and Automobiles through Fire extinguishers, Make-up containers, and Shoes to Wood recycling and Yard waste.  Many of the resources are local, but many can be found regionally or nationally.  My favorite discovery so far is places you can take polystyrene (Styrofoam) to be downcycled into other materials.

If you look under business resources, you will also find a Green Meeting Guide and a Zero Waste Event Guide.  They are designed for use by businesses and mostly for corporate events, but there are some good tips that would also be useful for social events.  Check them out if you’re planning a party and want to go green.

If you have questions about recycling, about donating goods, about composting–about pretty much anything that has to do with disposing of things–check out SWANNC and make them part of your next party.