Monday, March 16, 2009

Day 328 of our Green Year: Going Green....For St. Patrick's Day

Tomorrow is a big day. It is St. Patrick's Day, and with my Irish heritage I always look forward to celebrating being Irish. Since this year we are going green, how fitting is it to go green on the green holiday?

While Layla and I are not big beer drinkers, preferring wine, we are going to be celebrating this St. Patrick's Day with something simple and that is sending e-cards from to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. For every e-card we send through, we help to donate money to environmental programs around the world.

However, if you want to go green on St. Patrick's Day beyond just sending e-cards, then there are several ways to do it.

First, if you are going to sample some beer this St. Patrick's Day, try to go with organic beer if you can find it. It is more expensive but most people feel the taste is excellent and superior to that of other beers. However, if you want to go with a traditional Irish beer, but want to give it a green feeling, then you could get some organic food coloring for it.

Second, you can even put up some green LED lights. A string of these, maybe from Christmas, uses very little energy and can be the perfect decoration to your St. Patrick's Day party.

For treats at the St. Patrick's Day party, go for organic crackers and the like. Try and serve up some organic food to your guests to see how they like it. Some may like the taste of the food so much that they will choose to buy some of their own.

Next, if you are giving away party favors, then you can give out seeds for plants, vegetables and especially herbs like basil and cilantro. Then your guests can take those seeds home and plant some items of their own to grow.

St. Patrick's Day can be a lot of fun, and it can be more then just Irish green, when you go environmentally green with your St. Patrick's Day.