Whether you carry shamrocks for good luck or wear a green t-shirt to avoid getting pinched, St. Patrick’s Day is a great time to celebrate. If you want to host a truly “green” St. Patrick’s Day, check out some of the eco-friendly ideas below. Not only are they fun, but they’re also Earth-friendly!
Plan a Picnic in the Park with Locally-Sourced Foods
While many people are heading out to their favorite sports bars and pubs for traditional St. Patrick’s Day fare (and, of course, green beer), you can do your part for the environment by making your own meal at home from locally-sourced foods. You might choose to forage for some of your ingredients, but you can also visit a local farm market or even use foods you’ve grown yourself. When you’ve completed your meal, head out to the park to enjoy it among all the greenery that Mother Nature has to offer.
Commit to Reducing Your Plastic Use
Many people understand the need to reduce plastic waste, and most even agree that the plastic problem is quite severe. However, those same people mistakenly believe that their choices have little to no impact in the grand scheme of things. This couldn’t be further from the truth. St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect time to commit to a few simple changes that really do make a difference, such as carrying reusable shopping bags to the grocery store or buying biodegradable bamboo toothbrushes for your family. Even the simplest gestures can go a long way, especially when millions of people make that same small choice.
Plan a Green Potluck
If you want to spend the holiday with your family and friends, encourage everyone to get on board with “going green” by hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Potluck. Ask each person who will attend to bring one plastic-free dish they prepared themselves along with their own reusable cups, utensils, and dishes. If you succeed in making the event a zero-waste occasion, you can motivate those in attendance to carry on these simple changes long after the holiday is over. It’s also a great way to prove that even a few people can make a huge difference in the amount of trash being produced around the world.
Do Some Crafting with the Kids
March is also National Craft Month, so it’s a great time to plan some eco-friendly and green crafts with your kids. Not only are they fun, but they also help teach the importance of taking care of the environment. Some ideas include teaching your kids to crochet a shamrock, painting a terracotta pot to look like a leprechaun’s hat, or even making soy-based green candles that you can use all year long. There’s no shortage of exciting, Earth-friendly crafts you can do, and if you choose the right projects, you can make something that your family will use for years to come.
St. Patrick’s Day is a time to celebrate, but it’s important to remember to take care of Mother Nature at the same time. These ideas are all fantastic choices for celebrating a truly “green” St. Patrick’s Day, and they will also encourage your family, friends, and children to make more eco-conscious choices.