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10 Ways to Go Green on St. Patrick’s Day

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10 Ways to Go Green on St. Patrick’s Day

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.”

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Ecorazzi has been providing the latest in green gossip since August 2006. The environment is serious stuff. The same goes for animal rights and humanitarian issues. But that doesn't mean that it needs to be complex and boring! Ecorazzi takes the latest in celebrity gossip and entertainment news and filters out all of the fluff. What's left are fun and interesting stories that you want to hear about, without the guilt.

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9:34PM PDT on Mar 16, 2014

The Irish are meat lovers

10:50AM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

Thank you, I'll at least keep the silverware/cups in mind for other holidays.

1:34AM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

This is a really good post. Thanks for the suggestions.

I didn't celebrate this year but I will next year and I'll refer back to this.

2:01PM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

Thanks

11:21PM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

Thanks!

5:11AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

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11:58AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

thanks.

7:43AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

thanks.

7:14AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

whatever

3:07AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

Thanks

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