In order to maximize fun and goodwill, read below for 10 surefire ways to make St. Patrick’s Day crazy-green. (And then you can tell those haters pinching you for not wearing green that, in thought and execution, you are totally green all over.)
1. Find your St. Patrick’s Day accessories at thrift stores, on eBay, and other places where used goods are sold.
Why? Because it lessens the effect that manufactured cheap plastic goods have on the environment. Take, for example, those sparkly shamrock headbands you love wearing. When they’re made, tons of chemicals are used to produce the plastic, dye them, decorate them. All of these chemicals get released into the environment and take their toll.
Purchasing used goods is a great way to not only look super cool and Irish, but also use something that already exists and that doesn’t have to be chemically produced for you to use. Ecolife has a great piece on buying used toys that I think is completely applicable to all that St. Patty’s Day gear we love to purchase. Here is their list of reasons why you should buy used:
- Buying used costs much less than buying new.
- Used products require no new resources or energy to create.
- Landfill space is preserved.
- Useful materials and given a second life rather than discarded before their usefulness has been exhausted.
- Buying used usually means buying locally, which reduces the greenhouse gases emitted to get it to your home.
- Second hand toys are inherently fair trade.
- If a toy was made with off-gassing materials like paints and adhesives, they may well have already released all of their volatile organic compounds (VOCs) making them safer for your indoor air quality.
2. Don’t eat meat or animal products this week—or ever.
I was surprised to find out from PETA just how much the meat industry affects our environment. Apparently the industry and its factory farming is attributed with putting the most greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere (more than cars, ships, and planes combined).
According to a United Nations report from 2010, “a global shift toward a vegan diet is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change.” Watch this short, informative video called “Meat Is Not Green” and then feel a little bit greener for knowing how to avoid meals that decrease environmental stability.
3. Make a vegan dessert to share with friends.
Here’s a short list of snacks and tasty desserts that will convey to your friends, “Yeah, I am super Irish.”
- Irish nachos (OK, I can’t speak to the Irish authenticity of these, but they look awesome—like the perfect late night snack after an evening of St. Patrick’s Day festivities.)
- Cock of the north (a dish with colcannon, beer gravy, and soda bread. Mmm.)
- Irish whiskey cake (with a more detailed recipe here)
- Irish soda bread
- Irish cake bombs