On March 17th, the United States celebrates St. Patrick's Day. The day is supposed to celebrate the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, but it has turned into a day to wear green and get drunk. It is really a great day to feast on vegan food and drinks with friends and family. Take two minutes to watch "Meat's Not Green." Here are five tips to green your St. Patrick's Day.
1. Watch a Documentary with Someone
Hanging out with friends and family while watching a documentary can be both fun and rewarding. If you are vegan or want to be vegan find some non-vegan friends and family, get together to watch one of these documentaries. If you are concerned about health, watch Forks Over Knives. Watch if you're concerned about the environment. If you love animals then watch Earthlings. If you liked one then watch another. Just don't forget the popcorn.
2. Cook a Vegan Meal
To be really green it is best to grow your own fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Even if you have really small space herbs can be grown on a window sill. Fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, beans, snap peas, and strawberries can be grown in a planter. Delicious vegan food can break the prejudice about what vegans eat. There is a social bias that vegans don't have a variety of foods from which to choose. Check out the St. Patrick's Day recipes from Oh She Glows. Don't forget to save your vegetable scraps to make delicious vegetable stock. Also, don't throw away the food scraps because they are perfect to compost for your garden.
3. Use a Canvas or Recycled Shopping Bag
When you go to the store, make sure to bring your own shopping bag. Most stores give a discount and on the West Coast, they actually charge for bags. You can get the Our Hen House bag for $20.
4. Wear Organic Cotton T-Shirts
Standard cotton uses a third of a pound of pesticides per acre. By buying organic cotton by Grape Cat, you can help keep those poisons out of the environment. To save water, only wash your clothes when it is really necessary. When you do need to wash them, make sure to have a full load because this will save time, water, and energy. Turn them inside out to protect the print and keep them from fading. Also, make sure to use an eco-friendly detergent that will not poison our waterways. After you wash your clothes you can air dry them to keep your energy costs down. Please donate or use Freecycle to get rid of the clothes that you don't wear.
When looking to replace a handbag or wallet have a plan. You can make a list of the color, size, and features you want. This will make sure it fits your needs. Alchemy Goods has a great selection of backpacks, purses, and wallets made almost completely of recycled bicycle or truck inner tubes. Malia Designs uses recycled cement bags for their purses and wallets.