Have a green Saint Patrick’s day

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St. Patrick's Day can be a lot of fun, but it can also involve a lot of single-use items. Bring some extra Earth green thinking into the fun by celebrating with sustainability in mind!


Bring some extra green into your St. Patrick’s Day fun by celebrating with sustainability in mind.

What began as an Irish celebration in the 17th century has become an internationally recognized holiday focusing on Irish traditions and the color green. However, like most commercial holidays, current St. Patrick’s Day festivities are often not so eco-friendly. For example, single-use items such as decorations or clothes take resources and energy to make and quickly end up in a landfill.

Take a fresh look at how you enjoy the day, save some money and time, and improve your well-being while you are at it!


Here are ways to bring more green into our world this St. Pat's!

• Reuse decorations from previous years. If buying new, buy with future re-usability in mind.

• You can also purchase second-hand decorations or make homemade decorations using items in your home. Be creative!

• For theme parties, try to find green clothes second-hand or rent costumes.

• When traveling to festivities, use green transportation such as bikes, buses, and trains.

• Celebrate in a truly green way by planting something green. Consider making this an annual tradition.

• Go easy on the green beer because certain food and drink dyes are synthesized from coal or petroleum and can negatively affect human health. Drinking green beer is not an Irish tradition.

• Skip the corned beef. As you may know, cows are inefficient to raise. As a result, forests are being cut down to make room for more farmland to support them. These changes in land usage release greenhouse gases and contribute to global warming.

• Go big on eating green with naturally green-colored dishes based around mint, pistachios, lime, zucchini, green beans, broccoli, snap peas, or avocados. Check out this website for some tasty options to consider.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Earth Hero team! Luck o’ the Irish to ya!

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