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How to Have an Eco Green St. Patrick's Day

Written by: Clay Miller

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St. Patrick's Day is the day when the beloved patron saint of Ireland is celebrated. It is usually recognized on March 17 and is celebrated throughout the world by those of Irish descent and increasingly those who are non-Irish. The day's theme is anything and everything that has to do with Ireland, specifically the color green. Whether it be clothing, food, decorations or even beer.

If you want to celebrate this great holiday and still be eco-friendly you can do that too. You don't have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and also you don't have to own a green belt in Ecology to have an eco-friendly St. Patrick's Day. Below is a list of simple things anyone can do to be green on St. Patrick's day.

  • make your own green decorations from recycled paper; shamrocks, leprechauns, pots of gold, etc.
  • if you go with the Irish staple of corned beef and cabbage, look into organically grown beef
  • wear a green hat made from recycled paper or left over fabric
  • wear an organic and/or 100% cotton shirt
  • for vegetarians there is always Irish vegetable stew

  • green beer on St. Patrick's Day buy locally produced beer and add a little food coloring; it's as simple as that (some say to use blue food coloring instead of green for a deeper green color)

  • weather permitting, plant something; a tree or bushes or anything green to spruce up your landscape
  • buy houseplants or arrange the ones you already have where your guests can see them; green up your place while getting more oxygen
  • have a great time whatever you do

You can make the greenest day of the year even more green. Have a great St. Patrick's Day and keep Irish eyes smiling.


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