Video of a bride's zero-waste wedding goes viral on Instagram

With her Instagram video of her zero-waste wedding ceremony, Dr. Poorvi Bhat expressed her environmental consciousness in a heartwarming way and enthralled the online audience. The video shows the meticulous planning of her wedding, where every detail was carefully considered to avoid waste – from the decorations to the food.

Dr. Bhat's Instagram post expressed her gratitude and commitment: “I don't know if this is what experts would call a zero-waste wedding, but we produced no plastic at the event and did everything we could to minimize our footprint. It was only through the collaboration of our families that my dream of a zero-waste wedding was possible. My mother was the genius behind everything, she planned and organized the entire event and it was very fulfilling for me that our union came about in this way.”

The wedding ceremony was marked by several innovative and inspiring measures. Guests received gifts in jute bags, which were a biodegradable alternative to traditional packaging. In addition, the water used for washing hands was cleverly directed towards the trees, allowing it to supply the surrounding vegetation.

The centrepiece of the wedding, the mantapa or wedding complex, was built from sugarcane stalks – a sustainable material with dual uses. After the festivities, the sugarcane structure was reused as livestock fodder, creating as little waste as possible.

As an alternative to disposable cups and plates, traditional banana leaves were used as plates and plastic glasses were replaced with sturdy steel glasses. The decoration also followed the zero-waste philosophy and used trunks, leaves and branches from mango and coconut trees, which leave a minimal water footprint.

The wedding garlands were carefully crafted from flowers and sewn together using cotton threads, further highlighting the commitment to sustainability. To dispose of the waste generated during the event, a composting system was introduced on the farm where the wedding took place, ensuring that even the smallest scraps are turned into valuable compost for future use.

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Bhat's initiative has garnered widespread admiration on social media, with many applauding her commitment to environmental protection and calling for similar practices at weddings worldwide. One user wrote, “This is how Indian weddings should be culturally.” Another commented, “Oh man, normalize this!” A third user expressed, “This is exactly how I want my wedding to be. You are an icon.”

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The ceremony was praised for its meaningful and mindful approach, with one user noting, “So beautiful and such a powerful message. More power to you, this is what cultural (or any) celebrations should look like. Meaningful and mindful. Rituals for different devatas without honoring Bhudevi always seemed incomplete to me. Thank you for setting a good example and I hope many others see this and continue to live and celebrate low waste!”

Dr. Poorvi Bhat's zero-waste wedding not only set a new standard for sustainable celebrations but also inspired countless others to consider eco-friendly alternatives for their own celebrations.

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