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10 Wedding Dresses Made from Recycled Material

As far back as every girl can remember there is one thing that they look forward to in life: getting married. And a big part of getting married is finding that perfect wedding dress. But every girl has different taste.

Some girls have their sights set on a super expensive Vera Wang dress, while others keep it simple and affordable with something they may find at a thrift store. Still, others may want to go with an eco-friendly wedding theme and wear a dress made from recycled material.

From upcycled coffee filters to gently used blue jeans, there are plenty of green options to choose. Here are 10 that may inspire you to go green for your wedding.

  1. Teabags and Coffee Filters

Your morning Cup o’ Joe and afternoon tea take on a new meaning with this bold dress.

Image: darlingsavage

2. Rubber Gloves

This interesting wedding dress was designed by British artist Susie MacMurray and is made from 1400 rubber gloves that have been turned inside-out.

Image: ecoscraps

3. Parachute

This timeless dress has a special story behind it. World War II B-29 pilot Major Claude Hensinger was forced to jump from his plane when the engine caught fire during a bombing raid over Yowata, Japan in 1944. Luckily he was rescued from the Chinese the next day. Hensinger will never forget how his parachute saved his life. His wife Ruth later used the parachute as material for her wedding gown when they were married in 1947.

Image: bridalwave

4. Paper, Plastic and Ribbon

This dress is gives new meaning to the term “extravagant,” despite being made from very inexpensive materials.

Image: oh-tea.deviantart

5. Curtains

This cute dress was designed by an Australian high school senior for an end-of-the-year final project.

Image: polkadotbride

6. Plastic Bottles

This dress is made from 2,220 recycled plastic-bottle bases and 6,512 plastic-bottle tops. It also has a 16-foot train and weighs more than 22 pounds!

Image: ecouterre

7. Toilet Paper

Susan Brennan took home $1000 for this design, which she created for the Cheap Chic Weddings 7th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest. It’s made from 4 rolls of toilet  paper, hot glue and packing tape.

Image: cheap-chic-weddings

8. Plastic Bags

This European dress is made from about 600-700 plastic bags.

Image: weddingdress4all

9. Balloons

Japanese artist Rie Hosokai designed this elegant balloon wedding dress.

Image: blogoncherry

10. Blue Jeans

This western-inspired wedding dress has a beaded corset and a cathedral train.

Image: satnspurs

About Trish Broome

Trish is a half Korean hip hop head who writes satire music articles on The Rap Insider and muses over culture and diversity on Mixed Nation. In her spare time you can find her eating kimchi or tweeting at @TheGreenGroove.


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