Last year we brought you 5 Ways to Throw a Green St. Patrick’s Day Party, but this year’s tips are even better!
Check out the dangers of coloring your beer green (and how to do it safely), whether aluminum or glass containers are more eco-friendly, and much more.
Due to a conflict with the Roman Catholic Church’s "holy week" coming up next week, St Patrick’s Day has been moved to the 15th, instead of the 17th, but that won’t stop us from having some great parties, now will it?
How to Have a Safe, Fun, & Green St Patrick’s Day Party
We’re Party Animals: Check out our previous ideas for a great St Patrick’s Day party, like green led lights, organic beer, and more.
- Also check out Planet Green’s guide to Raising a Greener Glass this St Patrick’s Day In it they explore (from several interesting angles) which container is greener, aluminum or glass?
Drink Responsibly:Slate.com also has an Eco-Guide to Responsible Drinking. At the end of that post, they suggest considering going the keg route. I think that’s a great idea!
- If large, bulky kegs aren’t really possible, why not get a mini keg tap for those more manageable 5 liter mini kegs. This one from Avanti handles all mini kegs, including Heineken ones.
- Personally, I much prefer my beer on tap than from a bottle anyway. Mmm, frosty mugs…
Use SAFE, non-toxic, natural food coloring: Many of us will feel compelled to buy some cheap, ill-tasting beer to color green. Planet Green warns us to think about what makes that beer green saying, "Some of these chemicals used in food coloring are believed to be linked to anxiety, migraine headaches, childhood hyperactivity and tumors". Yikes!
- Instead check out some safe, natural green and other food colorings from Nature’s Flavors.
Check out even more ideas: LighterFootsteps.com has some great ways to green your St Patrick’s Day party and iFood.com has some both traditional and novelty Irish food and drink recipes for the occasion. The "Irish flag shots" about 1/3 down the page look very creative, indeed…just be sure to use safe and natural food coloring!
What are some of your favorite ways to green your St. Paddy’s Day?
I think every little step toward living green is an awesome one… but eco-snobbery sucks! My goal is to help newbies learn the most important steps toward living green — individually and collectively. Personally, I strive to have as little impact as possible on Planet Earth while I'm here.