Challenge Ethical Weddings

A green wedding dress in blue

The challenge:

"I live in Canada and am having my wedding dress (blue!) made by a local seamstress.

I am desperately trying to find an organic or sustainable fabric to buy in order to make the dress but alas I'm at a loss. I've looked everywhere for suppliers of fabrics, but cannot find anything...definitely nothing in Canada. My seamstress says the best material would be a light, flowy silk/chiffon....any ideas where I can buy fabric like this?"

About Meghan
"I'm trying my best to plan an entirely green or eco-friendly wedding.

Getting married in a park, encouraging guests to offset carbon emissions, plantable wedding invitations, local organic flowers and local organic food, local seamstress, found decorations (from the land around our home...branches, leaves, seashells, etc)."

Wedding Date

11 September 2009

How we tackled it:

Hi Meghan,

Great to hear from you - and congratulations on your engagement! We're really pleased that you're looking for organic options for your dress and have done a bit more searching on your behalf. You may have to compromise on the flowy silk/chiffon in favour of a lightweight organic poplin, bamboo, or peace silk / hemp mix - but let's see what we've got.

Tenfold Organic was one of the first sites to pop up and they have a fab blue. I'd just check with your seamstress (as with all these fabrics) on the weight and texture as to whether it will work for a dress. It would be worth asking for samples from a number of wholesalers to help you make your choice.

I'd also take a look at this thread in the Ethical Weddings Forum about brides making their own or having a dress made for them.  If you post your query there, it will go out to everyone who posted originally and they may have some updates for you.

Grist has a very useful article on the subject - exploring various sources (although most in the US I'm afraid) and attracting several comments with more suggestions.

Katie and Jamie's wedding

My own wedding dress (see pic right) was made from organic poplin and was so soft and smooth quite a few people thought it was silk. So I Googled 'organic poplin by the yard' and a few interesting sites have come up:

Explore the site!

I also did a search for organic fabrics on .ca sites only

I hope these links are useful.  We wish you all the best with your ethical wedding plans!

Take care,


Challenge by:Meghan