One aspect I'm pumped about is total extra-non essential... drinking containers!! Since I really can't kid myself anymore, I'm just gonna cave and share with you all our fun collection of water recepticals: "My name is Lisa and I'm obsessed with my eco-friendly wedding...".
I got the idea to use clear wine bottles as water "jugs" at a local restaurant in Halifax, The Brooklyn Warehouse. They looked so fantastic with the water creating a frosted look. Although the restaurant most likely had them made special and were not actually upcycled, I thought why can't WE do this? We're getting married at a local vineyard... AND we drink WINE! Perfect.
As you see from our collection so far we have about 14 bottles... mostly from just our own wine-adventures over the past several months. So now when I go into the NSLC (liquor store) I look at white wine bottles that would LOOK cool when empty... which has resulted in some pretty gross white wine. Don't worry, none of the wine was sacrificed down the drain for this endeavour, plugging your nose for the first few glasses does the trick.
We have caved and bought red wines here and there... and continue to try to find sustainable wines. This actually is more complicated than simply asking the liquor store guy to show me their organic wines. We took wine totally for granted while living in the Okanagan Valley. Why would anyone buy wines that aren't local?? I began to question the level of "organic" with wines that had no certification symbols. Wines that were from countries that had different organic standards.
Nova Scotia actually has TEN vineyards (and if you check on the map, NS isn't exactly a huge province). Unfortunately only about 2 of the 10 are represented at the NSLC, so winery tours are in order (YES). On one such adventure we discovered l'Acadie Vineyards (near wolfville). They are a tiny vineyard that grow certified organic grapes!! YUM. So now I just have to convince a few friends to make another wine tour trip as my one bottle lasted, um, one night.
We also have a few friends who are joining in the wine-bottle collection upcycle to water-receptical adventure! J. even cleaned off the labels of her two donations!!
Now if I can just figure out the best way to sterilize them... any ideas? :)
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