Have an Eco-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day
Posted on Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 at 7:00 am
Green is the first color that comes to mind when people think of St. Patrick’s Day. People wear green clothing to celebrate. The word green can also mean eco-friendly. Here are some ways that you can have an eco-friendly St. Patrick’s Day.
Consider serving locally produced beers at your St. Patrick’s Day party. Buy the cabbage for your corned beef and cabbage dinner from a local Farmers’ Market. Buying from local businesses can help reduce the environmental impact that happens when products are shipped great distances in trucks.
Skip the Meat
Many traditional Irish foods include meat. That’s true for corned beef and cabbage and shepherds pie. The raising and processing of meat takes a toll on the environment.
It is possible to skip the meat and use seitan or tofu in its place. Another option is to make a delicious Irish vegetable stew with local vegetables. Or, at the very least, buy local and/or organically grown beef.
Pick up the Trash
It is fun to watch the St. Patrick’s Day parade. What isn’t so fun is the trash that people leave behind after the parade is over. Make sure you find a trash can for your garbage (and a recycle bin for whatever can be recycled).
Those of you who want to can take things a step further can pick up the trash you find as you are leaving the parade. Bring a garbage bag with you to collect it in. Toss everything into a trash bin before you head home. You will help make your neighborhood a cleaner, greener, place for everyone!
Plant some Green
We typically tend to think about planting trees on Arbor Day. Some people, however, choose to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by planting some “green” (in addition to wearing it). Trees absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the air. If the weather is warm enough where you live, and you have a good amount of space in your backyard, consider planting a tree.
Don’t have a backyard? You can improve the air quality in your home by adding some plants. In addition to providing oxygen (and absorbing carbon dioxide) the plants can make nice decorations.
Did you have a St. Patrick’s Day party at your home? After the party is over, collect up all the empty cans and bottles and take them to a recycling center. Recycling prevents cans and bottles from ending up in a landfill and enables the materials in them to be re-used.