What better time to go green than on St. Patrick's Day? Whether you're enjoying the festivities by going out or celebrating at home, we have some simple green tricks to save energy and money.
Suit up for the big day
Get your green gear at secondhand stores or DIY. It's pretty easy to find "Kiss Me. I'm Irish." and other St. Patrick's Day themed t-shirts at local thrift stores or yard sales. Anytime you second-hand shop, you're saving clothes from the waste stream, which is good for the planet and for your wallet. You can also craft a creative green-themed get-up just sifting through your closet. Then, use the same outfit year after year so you don’t have to worry about what to wear next time.
If you're tired of rocking the same St. Paddy's outfit, host a costume swap meet. Invite your friends to bring all their old holiday clothing and accessories to a swap party. It may not be new, but it will be new to you. And best of all, it's free!
Set the scene
If you're staying in, decorate with greenery instead of disposable paper décor from the party store. Potted shamrocks are fun, festive and make great houseplants year-round. If you do decide to use premade decorations, save what you can for next year and recycle the rest when the party's over.
Get there the green way
If you're going to be celebrating with some holiday-themed libations, never drink and drive. Make a plan to have a designated driver, take a cab or check out ride sharing options, such as Uber or Lyft. Bike sharing programs are a great way to get around a city and avoid automobile pollution. However, in many cities, it is just as illegal to ride a bicycle while intoxicated as it is to drive a car intoxicated. Have fun out there but most importantly, get home safely.
Clean and green
If you attend one of the many St. Patrick's Day parades happening around the country, do your part to keep the streets clean and dispose of your trash or recyclables appropriately. At home, the morning after can be rough, but don't miss this opportunity to recycle. Recycling the discarded bottles and cans from your St. Paddy's Day revelry saves energy and raw materials.