Five ways to go greener this St. Patrick’s Day
With green on everbody’s mind for St. Patrick’s Day, this fun holiday of shamrocks and festive shades of emerald-dyed foods is a great opportunity to embrace not just the color – but the concept – of green.
You might already be accustomed to reusable bags at the grocery store, or turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth (go, you!). This St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve rounded up five more ways to go green that you can incorporate into your everyday routine:
1. Wake up with a 5-minute shower.
There’s nothing like a hot shower to invigorate the senses, but aim for five minutes. Reducing even one minute of showering time can save almost a thousand gallons of water a year – not to mention lower your water bill significantly. A simple, inexpensive sand timer placed prominently in your shower can help you stay on track.
2. Enjoy a home-grown breakfast.
Not everyone can raise chickens for farm-fresh eggs in their backyard, but it is easier than you think to grow produce such as cherry tomatoes and chili peppers to add to your morning omelette or breakfast burrito. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you might be surprised to find that you can cultivate a bounty of fruits and vegetables that are organic, budget-friendly and delicious. No outdoor space? Try windowsill gardening – many vegetables such as green onions, lettuce, tomatoes and spinach can be grown successfully indoors. And don’t forget to plant a few fresh herbs – because there’s nothing like mint leaves with iced tea or homemade pesto with fresh basil for dinner!
3. Get dressed in pre-loved attire.
Play your part in reducing consumerism by shopping at Goodwill, Salvation Army and other thrift shops. You can often find name-brand, quality secondhand clothes (sometimes even unworn, with their original tags!) at greatly reduced prices. Adding even one used item in your daily wardrobe helps improve your eco footprint.
4. Green your commute.
By using public transit, you’ll save gas (and your sanity) – and maybe even make some new friends along the way. Or consider carpooling, biking, walking or maybe a combination of these to help reduce your carbon emissions. If working from home is an option, telecommuting even once a week can make a significant impact – and there’s no shorter commute to your desk!
5. Share your green influence – but do it gently.
No one wants to be reprimanded for their non-green actions, but by modeling your eco-minded behaviors you can serve as an inspiration for friends and family to follow suit. And teaching your children early on to love their planet Earth through simple actions like these will translate into lifelong habits!
While donning your green attire this St. Patrick’s Day, take a moment to re-evaluate your eco-friendly routine to find ways to add more green behaviors like the above to your everyday. Is your household already emerald? Share your tips and ideas with us below. Oh, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!