When Robyn Allison and her team leave to set up an event, their checklist may include vintage china, a beautiful clear top tent, a barn wood dance floor, or maybe even an antique settee. Allison owns The Rental Company, based in Holland.
“When I began my professional career in events, I was shocked at the waste accumulated at events of all sizes,” Allison said.
According to Green Bride Guide, 400-600 pounds of waste and 62 tons of carbon dioxide are produced yearly from weddings. When planning a wedding reception, simple choices can help to reduce waste and pollution.
“Reuse is one of the best ways that rentals make perfect sense for those who are environmentally conscious,” Allison said.
At events and wedding receptions, Allison sees how much couples appreciate the use of china, glasses and linen napkins instead of disposables.
The Rental Company partners with like-minded venues and sources.
“We love to be creative,” Allison said.
One groom wanted a deer mount hung over a whiskey and cigar bar. Other requests have included popcorn makers, an enchanted forest theme, sequin linens, rustic bars and Adirondack chairs.
“We will do our best to accommodate any and all sustainability requests,” Allison said.
The Rental Company provides more information and sources on the “Why Green?” section of its website, which includes a Sustainable Wedding Guide. There also is a report about the company’s internal practices. Those planning an event can incorporate personal style while still creating a sustainable gathering.
“Our farm tables are made of wood reclaimed from an 1820s barn in Glenn, Michigan,” Allison said. “They are used as everything from a head table to a doughnut station.” n
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