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These compostable wedding rings gave us a fun ceremony idea…

Published Wednesday, Sep. 28th, 2022

Right: Product images via @qalo


Here at AMM, we’re big fans of eco friendly weddings. 


We’re always on the lookout for innovative ways to cut down on the environmental impact that comes with the average wedding – which by some estimates generates 400 to 600 pounds of trash and 63 tons of CO2. For a single wedding!  


So when we heard about a new type of compostable ring, we had to investigate... 



Screenshot of a promotional photo, taken from the QALO x Pela product pages

Product image via QALO x Pela



These compostable rings are being produced by two environmentally-focused companies, QALO and Pela (makers of silicone wedding rings and compostable phone cases), and are said to be the first of their kind.


The rings are currently offered in a few earthy colors, and are constructed from a “plant-based biopolymer material that’s said to produce “25% less CO2e and 67% less waste than conventional plastic material,” and are fully compostable, from their packaging to the rings themselves. (via News24) 



The most interesting thing about these rings, to us? 


They aren’t meant to last forever! According to a press release from QALO, couples can toss their ring into a backyard garden or ordinary composting bin when it starts to wear out, where it will enrich the surrounding soil. 


Considering how expensive most wedding bands are, the controversial nature of the diamond business, and the panic associated with finding the perfect ring in time for the wedding, an affordable, ethical and temporary ring might be the perfect alternative for some couples. 


It’s not clear how long these compostable rings last, but their temporary nature did give us a fun idea for a ceremony…



The word Love, in brown lettering, with the V represented by a tree sapling, with eco friendly design



An eco-friendly vow renewal and tree planting ceremony! 



Since these down-to-earth rings aren’t meant to last forever, why not include them in an eco-friendly wedding ceremony now, and then reuse them as fertilizer in a vow renewal and tree planting ceremony later, when it’s time to switch them out for a new ring?


In one year, five years, or ten years – whenever the compostable ring starts to wear thin, couples can celebrate their anniversary with a tree planting ceremony and exchange new rings. 



The original pair of rings can be placed in the ground next to the tree’s roots, as a symbol of a couple's renewed commitment to the marriage, nurturing it as it grows. 


Sounds pretty cool, right? 


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Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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