(Closed) How is Rice NOT eco-friendly?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Maybe just because you are wasting food that could be eaten?

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Maybe some people don’t think it is good to “feed the birds”?  Also, maybe they are looking more deeply into it- where the rice is from, how it was shipped, collected, stored, and sold all adds to a carbon footprint.  Just a guess.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think it is fine eco wise, but I’ve always been terrified of it because of what it did to Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts. A grain of rice got lodged in her ear at her wedding, punctured her ear drum, and rendered her mostly deaf in that ear! Freak accident, but it has always scared me.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

It does seem like a waste of food to me.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

it’s about how rice absorbs water (in your belly) and swells. Wasn’t it  a form of torture employed in WW2?

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Actually, I guess the rice killing birds is a myth, so I deleted my post. Hmm…I guess it could be slippery?

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

monitajb – Funny that you mention that incident.  A similar thing happened to my step-dad when him and my mom got married – but with bird seed!  They went to Paris for their honeymoon and he was complaining about ear pain almost the entire time.  When they got back he went to the doc and they pulled out a sprouted bird seed!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

yeah im not one for having things pelted at me… the most solid thing i would want being tossed my way are bubbles 🙂

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I agree with Auntpol i always thought the thing was the Swelling of the Rice when mixed with a liquid… I think the idea was that the birds would overeat and then the rice would swell in the stomach

Eek what horror stories… makes me almost not wanna use the Ecofriendly confetti like rice i bought 🙁

Post # 15
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Newbee

Another ecologically friendly option is to ask your florist for leftover flower petals a few weeks before the event. Usually the petals are still soft and lovely, having only just began to droop or fall off the flower. Cheap, beautiful and biodegradable! And, if you’re more particular about flower and color, you can have them freeze-dried and shipped to you through some online vendors!

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I have heard that birds cannot digest rice very well. So when they eat it they blow up and explode. Lol. I don’t know how much of this is true but I think it just has to do with their digestive systems. I went to Nepal last summer for 4 weeks and ate rice every day. I literally felt like I was going ot explode. It was so uncomfortable. Also, rice is a very good constipator. My vet has had me feed it to my dog when she was sick.

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