In honor of St. Patrick’s Day and all things green, we compiled a list of how to be more sustainable while celebrating.
- Forgo the plastic green garb. Bars across the country will be handing out beaded necklaces, shamrock buttons and light-up headbands to get everyone in the mood to celebrate. Cut back on these plastics in favor of your old green t-shirt, a green scarf or a new-to-you accessory from your local resale shop.
- Bike to the bar. There are so many reasons to ditch the car this St. Patrick’s Day. Not only is it better for the environment (reduces greenhouse-gas emissions), biking is great exercise between bar hopping and will keep you local. While choosing a bike over a car eliminates drinking and driving, beware of BUI (biking under the influence), which is a real thing and is against the law in about half the country.
- Buy local for dinner. Corned beef and cabbage is a common menu for St. Patrick’s Day. If you have the option to choose locally-sourced ingredients, it’s best to do so. These will likely be fresh and more flavorful. But don’t be afraid to stray from traditions and choose a menu that might further support sustainable initiatives. Try this St. Patrick’s Soup, and don’t forget dessert!
- Drink sustainably (and responsibly). Micro breweries are everywhere, so it shouldn’t be difficult to find a local supplier near you. Not only will you have an array of new beer options, but you’ll be supporting the local economy. If you do choose to go to a bar to celebrate, instead of the brewery, choose a beer that is made by a brewer that practices sustainable initiatives. Here’s a list of a few.
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