Everyone was practically glued to the Royal Wedding and now we come to the part on the eco-friendly issues surrounding it, good and bad. Though we barely heard about the green side of things, it was reported today that the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton alone produced an astounding 6,765 tons of CO2. These numbers are 10 times the amount of greenhouse gases the Buckingham Palace produces for in a whole year, and 1,230 times the annual emissions of the average UK household.
That alone is an eye-opener but before you go on whining about it, the Royal family will be busy cleaning that up. Starting with an engagement ring that is made from Welsh gold and an organic dress made from Vegan silk and organic Fair Trade cotton, Prince William and Kate asked guests to plant trees for them and make donations to charities rather than gift.
As for the materials used for the event, they are set to be put up for recycling soon. Veolia Environmental Services, Westminster City Council’s waste management contractor, have said they expect to collect approximately 140 tonnes of waste, much of which will be recycled.