Believe it or not, you can make St. Patty’s Day even greener than it already is. Here are a few simple suggestions. Instead of corned beef from a corporation that uses beef from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), where animals are crowded together and pumped full of antibiotics, look for a local, organic, and sustainable source. My favorite local, organic grocery store, Just Local Foods, has some homemade, organic corned beef made from locally and humanely raised beef. I can’t wait to get mine. Also, include locally grown potatoes and other ingredients for your St. Pat’s celebration. Next, let’s talk beer. We are lucky here in Wisconsin. We have some excellent locally produced beers. In Eau Claire we even have our own microbrewery at Northwoods Brewpub. New Glarus beer, also available at Just Local Foods, even has an organic beer. I also want to discourage you from buying a bunch of disposable decorations and accessories. Think about how many hats, banners, and pins end up in the trash the day after the big St. Patrick’s Day celebration. If you can’t resist buying kitchy accessories or decorations make sure to save and reuse them next year. See if you can find locally made pins or hats or make something yourself. You could take an old white t-shirt and tie-dye it green or use an iron-on. This would be a perfect weekend to find a fun project to do with your kids or some friends.
A Truly Green St. Patrick’s Day March 13, 2010