The right environment

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Courtesy of Ritz Carlton, Denver

A lot of wedding-related businesses these days like to talk a good game about being "green"—but caring about the environment is not a trend or a theme, it should simply be a part of our everyday lives. So I appreciate when I come across companies that actually walk the walk, instead of just talking the talk.

Case in point: The Ritz Carlton, Denver's Eco-Wedding program proves that planning a less wasteful wedding doesn't have to be some huge process that requires buying a million different books on how to throw a green wedding; it can be as simple as choosing environmentally-conscious vendors...

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Their executive chef can design a menu using locally grown and seasonal produce; organic wines and fair trade coffee and tea are also on hand. The hotel provides complimentary transportation in Hybrid vehicles, biodegradable cocktail napkins, potted plants for decor, and guest rooms feature recycling bins and coffee mugs in lieu of paper cups. Leftover food will be donated to a local food bank or composted, floral items will be donated to local hospitals, and the hotel's entire planning process with the bride and groom is conducted via email, sans paper trail.

And for each bride and groom, the hotel will purchase and plant a tree in partnership with Greenprint Denver, a community program striving to plant one million trees by 2025. The hotel also recently established R.E.A.C.T. (Ritz-Carlton Environmental Action Conservation Team) to give employees the opportunity to share ideas and implement eco-friendly practices. The Ritz-Carlton, Denver is located at 1881 Curtis Street in downtown Denver. —Lauren Matthews, editor, Brides Colorado

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