This couple’s love story began in the city of Tønsberg, Norway, where both Frederikke and Pablo were studying. They met through common friends at a student party. Pablo shares that as a student, returning bottles for recycling was a big part of everyday life, because the money from deposit refunds helped put dinner on the table. In Norway, each eligible beverage container in the country’s deposit return system has a deposit/refund value of 2 or 3 Norwegian kroner, depending on the type and size of the container.
Even before the recycle wedding project, returning bottles had been a source of extra income for the couple. Earlier they had collected containers to pay for vacations and items they otherwise could not afford. This gave them the confidence to raise the money for their dream wedding.
They started collecting containers they found in the streets and in nature and soon had the support of family and friends. The couple created an Instagram account where more than 1,000 followers could follow their progress and wedding preparations. The couple are very grateful for all the support they have received.
As the story grew, they were interviewed by several newspapers and even invited on a national morning TV show. They received help from strangers from all over the country, with people either giving them their empty containers or sending them their own deposit refunds. The most the couple collected in one single day was almost 5,000 Norwegian kroner, which is approximately 3,000 containers.
The couple really wanted the wedding to be as sustainable as possible and bought most things second hand, from the plates to the wedding dress. However, as Frederikke says, “You cannot buy food second hand”, and a three-course meal and cake for 100 guests costs money. The goal was to raise 120,000 Norwegian kroner; they exceeded these hopes and raised close to 140,000 Norwegian kroner, with the extra money to be donated to the Norwegian cancer association (Kreftforeningen).