Most everyone knows it’s important to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day to avoid getting pinched. But could this pinching thing be a helpful reminder that we can always be a little more green? Would a spritely mischievous leprechaun running around handing out quick pinches be such a bad thing if it meant helping the planet? We could call it an eco-nudge, pointing us in a greener direction.
To ensure you don’t get eco-nudged for your St. Paddy’s Day party, use our tips to make it a green(er) celebration.
1) Digital save-the-date notices are a must.
Whether you text, email, post or tweet the details of your Irish celebration, be sure to avoid paper for this step.
2) Party prep the green way.
Use green cleaners and non-toxic cleaning products to freshen up your kitchen.
3) Remind guests to use green transportation.
Walking, biking, carpooling, taking public transportation or even sliding down a rainbow reduces the amount of driving emissions released in the air.
4) Decorate the natural way.
Avoid purchasing plastic décor. Instead, go for decorations made from metal or cloth that you can reuse at next year’s shamrock shindig. Or go on a greenery hunt in your backyard for leaves, pine cones, moss and stones to create centerpieces that look like they came from the Emerald Isle.
5) Kiss me, I’m waste-free.
No leprechaun ever left a pot of gold sitting in a landfill, so go for reusable plates, flatware and glassware. Disposable tableware definitely deserves a pinch!
6) Toast “sláinte” with local brew.
Fun fact: Sláinte is a drinking toast in Ireland. Your party might be a good excuse to check out local and craft breweries (using public transportation, of course). Buying local is ecologically smart because it reduces packaging waste and food miles.
7) Eat the earth-friendly way.
Going the traditional route with corned beef, cabbage, shepherd’s pie and Irish soda bread? Get rewarded with the luck of the Irish for being planet-friendly by serving organic veggies and grass-fed beef raised locally near you.
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