10 Tips for Greening an Eco-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day

March 11th, 2008

The “green” holiday is becoming anything but green. Back in the “olden days” when I was a kid, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day was simple. You put on some green clothing, perhaps a “Kiss Me I’m Irish” button, and made sure to down some beer that night. If you truly had the Luck of the Irish, you got to watch or march in a fabulous St. Patrick’s Day parade, like the one in New York City where I marched for years.


But like everything else in our consumerist society, we’re being prompted to buy more “stuff” to celebrate properly. I’ve admitted to loving the tacky, tacky side of Christmas, replete with blow-up inflatables and lighting, but decorating for the holidays is a longstanding tradition. Do we really need more inflatables barely three months later? This year, St. Patrick’s Day inflatables have popped up on suburban lawns, biding their time till they end up in our landfills. (Check it out here). And more and more, the retailers are offering special Cheap Plastic Crap for St. Patrick’s Day. Cheap Plastic Crap is bad enough in kid’s goody bags. Do we really want to encourage it on St. Patrick’s Day too?

Here are 10 tips for celebrating a truly green, eco-friendly St. Patrick’s Day. Have fun! Luck o’ the Irish to you!
1. Wear Green

2. March or Watch a St. Patrick’s Day Parade

3. Enjoy Some Irish Spirits

4. Sing Irish Songs

5. Visit an Irish Pub or Restaurant

6. Bake and Decorate Some Green Cookies or Cupcakes

7. Try Some Corned Beef and Cabbage

8. Say No to Cheap Plastic Crap for St. Patty’s Day

9. Say No to St. Patty’s Lawn Decorations

10. Smile and Say Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Have fun!

— Lynn

Copyright 2008 OrganicMania

5 Responses to “10 Tips for Greening an Eco-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day”

  1. Green Home Improvements on March 11, 2008 8:41 am

    I saw this post over at hugg.com (part of tree hugger) and stopped in to read the full version. Good post, I could go on a rant for hours about the crappy products that people buy, throw away and then buy the same junk again.

    Yeah, it’s a huge problem. I just found a great video recommended by LaMarguerite (http://marguerite.wordpress.com) about how all these petroleum-based plastic products never degrade, and end up as miniscule parts in the ocean, which the fish ingest. Check it out: http://www.algalita.org/pelagic_plastic_mov.html Thanks for stopping by! — Lynn

  2. Marinel on March 11, 2008 3:09 pm


    It was a pleasure meeting you at the PRSA meeting last week with Geoff Livingston.

    Wonderful post on St. Patty’s! A couple of my friends plan to go to Chicago this weekend to see the river turn green and enjoy the holiday (http://www.greenchicagoriver.com/index.html). I’ll be sure to send them these eco-friendly tips!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Marinel! — Lynn

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  4. eco-friendly products on February 22, 2009 12:25 pm

    I hope drinking beer at the pub is eco-friendly. Thanks.

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