A Spokane, Washington couple will be paying for their wedding with 4,000 recycled cans, half of which were donated by various companies. The idea came to recently laid-off Andrea Parrish one sleepless night while she was worrying about how they'd manage to put away $500 a month. It took just over 6 months to accumulate enough cans for a budgeted bash. The $3,800 celebration will include potluck dishes brought by guests, home-brewed beer, and flowers grown by the bride's sister-in-law. For the average panhander to acquire that sum it would require them to rifle through trash at a rate of one can every 40 seconds 24 hours a day for 6 straight months.
The well-intentioned couple are certainly to be applauded for their efforts, except of course by their neighbors who have likely seen an increase in the rat population as the ton of alumium collected on their porch. The couple continues to collect cans to raise money for their honeymoon as well as Doctors Without Boarders and a local land conservation/holistic institute.