St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by many people across the world. There are many things you can do to make this celebration as green as possible. By green, I mean sustainable of course.
- Bike or walk to your St. Patrick’s Day outings
Instead of using a car, reduce your carbon footprint by finding alternative transportation to a St. Patrick’s Day get-together. Walking to the bars or biking to your nearest Irish Pub are a few ideas.
- Drink out of reusable cups
Out of all holidays, St. Patrick’s Day is one that often calls for a lot of beverages. Disposable cups from this day in particular will create a lot of waste. By providing or bringing your own reusable cups, you can reduce waste while still enjoying a few drinks.
- Don’t buy a whole new green wardrobe
On the 17th of March, you run the risk of being pinched if you do not wear green. Some people use this as an excuse to buy a new green shirt every year. These will only be worn once and tossed out after sitting in your dresser for a while. Instead, you can find something green that you wouldn’t mind re-wearing and get better use out of in the future.
- Buy decorations that will last until next year
If you are hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party, find decorations that can be reused either for other occasions or for the following year’s St Patrick’s party. Look for decorations made with sustainable materials, or those that will not deteriorate after one use.
- DIY decorations from recycled materials
One specific St. Patrick’s Day DIY decoration can be made using sprite or other green bottles. The bottom of these bottles can be used to string lights through and emit green light. The will also look slightly like shamrocks.
- Bring a reusable container for your leftovers
When going out for corned beef or Irish stew, bring your own reusable Tupperware from home. This will save the establishment from having to dish out disposable take-out boxes for your leftovers and reduce the waste from your meal.