Being TRULY Green on St. Patrick’s Day

Although it’s the first thing that often comes to mind, St Patrick’s day isn’t all about drinking green beer. To make your St. Patrick’s Day even greener than it already is, we’ve come up with a few eco-friendly activities that are best suited for environmentalists living a green lifestyle on St. Patrick’s Day.

1. Eat Green – Bright Green Dishes

It may be the easiest way to brighten your day with the color green, but try to find some green foods to eat. Look beyond a traditional salad, and think outside the box. Mint leaves on top of a bowl of homemade organic ice cream could be a great St. Patrick’s Day treat for the kids (and be much healthier than a Shamrock Shake)!

2. Get outside and plant something green

It may not be quite warm enough to get the shovels in the ground yet, but it’s starting to look and feel a lot like spring here. It might be a good time to take stock of what you plan to do in your yard this year, and if it’s too cold to get outside, look at some greenery online and choose what plants and trees you want to invest in this year.

3. If you’re going somewhere, use green transportation

This tip goes double-true if you’re partaking in any green beer festivities, but if the weather allows it you should leave the car keys at home and join the St. Patty’s Day parade on foot. A second-best alternative for green transportation on St. Patrick’s Day is public transportation. Whether you’re riding the subway or the bus, fewer drivers on the road means fewer carbon emissions.

4. Wear green clothes made with organic cotton

Although most people don their favourite shade of green clothes for St. Patrick’s Day, be even greener and one up them with some organic cotton duds. Many retailers are now offering organic lines of clothing to appeal to their green customers, so don’t be shy to ask if you find yourself at the mall tomorrow.

5. Drink Green Organic Beer

Lastly, because it can’t be avoided on St. Patrick’s Day, drink some green beer. While most people will throw some food colouring in their beverages (although avoid the artificial stuff), take it a step further and order something organic.

If you’re going to indulge in the green beer today, find a local brewery near you that sources natural ingredients, and make this year’s St. Patrick’s Day green beer extra green.

Can’t find one? Order it! Here is a great organic Belgian beer ~ yummy!!


Melanie is the owner of Melanie Melugin Photography, LLC based out of North Dallas. She is a natural light outdoor lifestyle photographer that has a wide variety of clients ranging from newborn and children to celebrity and weddings.  She travels the country capturing lifestyle portraiture and was recently featured on for her newborn photography.

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    Janet W. says:

    I’m not a big drinker, so I don’t really get into St. Patrick’s Day. But it’s fun looking at pictures of those who enjoy the day!

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    Sandy VanHoey says:

    Love the get out and plant something green…we need to do that anywhere at home so what a great time to do it.

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    Daily Woman (Lacey) says:

    So many great things to do on St Patrick’s Day. Love the idea of planting something green.

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    courtney b says:

    always drink green beer! (except this year cause i’m preggers!)

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