Two Eco-Friendly Ways to Go Green This St. Patrick's Day
It is that time of year to bring out the collection of green t-shirts, socks, and shamrock-themed party favors. Even in the midst of these interesting times, St. Patrick's Day can be celebrated in many ways. With the right community and spirit, the traditions of Saint Patrick’s Day can persist. Celebrate this year with us by going green! Not with green clothes, but by adopting more eco-friendly, green habits. Here are two ways that you can go Green this St. Patrick’s Day!
Recycle Plastic, Aluminum, Paper and Glass Products.
Recycling is one of the simplest, but most effective ways to go Green. Recycling is such a simple act that can have a major impact on our society. According to Penn Waste, for each ton of plastic recycled we can save the equivalent of the amount of water used by one person in a year, or the energy used by two people in one year. The United States produces so much plastic that it is enough to shrink-wrap Texas! Since there is so much plastic being produced, it is crucial that we do everything we possibly can to recycle materials like plastic. One way to establish a recycling habit is by investing in a recycler bag or a designated recycling trash can. This will not only help you establish a habit of recycling, but you will be part of the overarching solution which will lead to conserving energy and preserving our communities for future generations.
Air Drying your Clothes
Instead of drying your clothes in a household dryer, air drying your clothes can reduce the carbon footprint of your household by conserving energy with this simple habit. Household dryers are one of the highest energy consuming appliances in any given household. According to Green America, a household could reduce their carbon footprint by 2,400 pounds a year just by air drying their clothes! Of course, drying your clothes outside will speed up the process if there is sunshine. However if you live in an area where there isn’t much sunshine, you can still adopt this great habit of air drying your clothes by drying them indoors with indoor air dryers.
Perhaps you aren’t completely sold on air drying your clothes. Maybe you like the way your clothes feel soft and warm after drying them. If you still want to be green, but still appreciate the luxury of a household dryer, why not challenge yourself to air dry half of your clothes. You never know, the habit may grow on you!
Does this inspire you to go Green this St Patrick’s Day? Let us know in the comments!