For over 1,000 years, the Irish are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day every year on March 17, the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. But, this day is everything but sad as there is plenty of dancing, drinking and a lot of feasts.
1. St Patrick’s Day Traditions
Not to go far back, perhaps the most well-known legend of St. Patrick is that he explained the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) using the three leaves of a native Irish clover, the shamrock. Even Chicago paints its river green on this day since 1962, when city pollution-control workers used dyes to trace illegal sewage discharges and realized that the green dye might provide a unique way to celebrate the holiday, Today, only 40 pounds of dye are used to minimize environmental damage,, so the river turns green for only several hours. But, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, Japan’s Cosmo Clock 21,Canada’s Niagara Falls and many other landmarks across the globe go, or at least went green, on this day.
Today, people of all backgrounds and across the globe celebrate St. Patty’s Day, especially throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated around the world by wearing green, eating Irish soda bread, corned beef and cabbage and champ.
2. Going Green for St Patrick’s Day
This St. Patrick’s Day, let’s go green by making our lifestyles greener which will also saves us some green. From treating yourself with an energy-friendly device to adopting energy efficient habits, both will reduce your Reliant Energy utility bill.
Going green concept is learning and practicing an environmentally-mindful lifestyle that contributes towards protecting the environment and preserving natural resources, habitats, and biodiversity. A healthier environment makes us healthier as it results in clean air and less exposure to toxins that cause illnesses and even terminal diseases.
Here are a few simple home solutions tips and tricks to make your lifestyle greener.
Make reusable towels and dishcloths
Make your own reusable wipes from old dishcloths. Roll them together, mix up a cleaning solution and place it all inside an old metal coffee canister. Use cloth instead of paper to clean your house by repurposing old towels and t-shirts.
You will save up to 10 gallons of water per day by making DIY water-efficient toilet. All you have to do is put a few rocks in the bottom of a plastic bottle, fill it up with water and place it in the tank of your toilet. The result is that less water is needed to fill the tank and thus less water gets flushed. While you’re at it, fix leaky facets. Collect rainwater and use it to water your garden or houseplants.
Make it a habit to turn off the lights whenever you leave a room. A more efficient way to save energy is to avoid phantom loads altogether as devices that are plugged in consume energy even when they are not in use. With power strips, all it takes is one simple click and it’ll be as if all your devices are unplugged. With a smart power strip, you can even do it from your phone.
Say farewell to plastic
Buy a reusable water bottle. Stop using disposable bags and get a textile one that can be reused over and over again. Use glass jars as leftover containers that don’t harm your health than plastics.
TakeawayLet’s celebrate St Patty’s day by making our lives greener while also enjoying the parade, drinking some green beer, and having a fun day celebrating with loved ones. Don’t forget that nature deserves to be celebrated as well considering how much it gave us. Going green helps make our planet sustainable. A sustainable planet is habitable and only a habitable planet will allow us future generations to keep celebrating this joyous holiday. You don’t have to wear green on March 17th, but don’t forget to live green.