Proposing to the love of your life can be one of the most exciting moments in a lifetime. However, before now, there were very few ways that you could make your engagement 100% green…especially if you were proposing with a diamond that was mined from the earth. Thankfully, times have changed and there are now many companies dedicated to making sustainable products and services that can help you make your proposal eco-friendly!
Reduce Unnecessary Energy
A lot of the over-the-top proposals that you see on TV or in the news are glamorous by nature, but are using unnecessary energy and harmful toxins. Instead of opting for a plane to carry your proposal across the sky, think about how to pop the big question in a meaningful way! If you’re both avid lovers of the earth, maybe think about a nature walk to a gorgeous view that will take her breath away almost as much as the engagement ring will!
Use Local Flowers
A proposal isn’t complete without a stunning bouquet of flowers to commemorate the occasion! When looking for flowers, there are a few reasons to purchase sustainably sourced plants.
- Flowers are delicate! Why would you want such a precious and perishable item to be shipped thousands of miles across the world, just so you can save a few dollars?
- By buying local, you’re helping to save the earth, even if just a bit. Think about all of the carbon and energy that it takes to get flowers from a different country to your doorstep….too much!
- Walking to your local florist (that you’ve checked out and know sells local flowers) not only helps the environment, but it helps local business. Always shop local when you can!
- The flowers you buy will be unique to where you live, adding even more personalization to your proposal!
Buy A Lab-Grown Diamond
Now for the big one. The center of any proposal is most commonly the engagement ring. And, this is the part of the proposal that will live on her finger for the rest of your lives. Make sure that her ring is not a constant reminder of the detrimental effects that mined diamonds have on our environment. How do you do this? Opt for a lab-grown diamond
Lab-grown diamonds, also known as man-made diamonds, are grown in an environment that replicates that of how the earth created diamonds — carbon under high heat and high pressure. Not only does this process cut down significantly on energy, but it protects our earth and seas from the damaging effects that mining for diamonds creates.
If you’re looking for ways to help make your proposal eco-friendly, these are three great places to start. As a rule of thumb, always reduce energy where you can, shop local for all of your proposal needs and pop the question with a gorgeous lab-grown diamond!