Well let me tell you a secret hive. You don't have to be rich to be green. You just need to be a little creative.
Case in point: lighting for our venue.
What I was after was unique and beautiful lighting option. I found Eco (at a cost of $379 NZD) and Thrifty (made of plastic and shipped many miles).
And then I thought to myself. "Veggie. You have a lot of time. You know creative people. Let's see what you can come up with". And I gathered some amigos and got to work.
I looked at a picture of the David Truebridge design I most admired and made a template for one of the pieces. The trickiest part of this was knowing how big to make it. I guessed 16cm, about 6 inches. Why? I dont know. It just seemed to look pretty good. The next trickiest part was knowing how many to cut. We thought it looked like it was made up of two halves, each comprised of one central flower, surrounded by five other flowers. After careful deliberation we decided on 60, 12 flowers of 5 petals each.
It was a lot of tracing and a lot of cutting. Which brings me to another point. The Truebridge lamps are made of wood, but not possessing the skills to cut wood, nor an eco-friendly supply, we chose to work with a slightly more availble and maleable material, cardboard.
After we had cut all of our pieces, we assembled them into 12 flowers, and sat and looked at the picture again.
Juan is an engineer. Even he was confused. Mr. Veggie is laughing because we got him to say "cinco". Don't know why that's funny? Ask a friend from Spain to tell you the rhyme they say when someone says "cinco".
We persisted and eventually the globe started to take shape.
And then we were done.