St. Patrick's Day is approaching and it's another holiday, which produces a lot of single-use plastic. When these types of holidays come about we need to think about how to reduce our waste and get creative with decoration ideas, clothing, food and gifts. So for this St. Patrick's Day don't just dress green but think green! 1. Choose existing green clothing from your wardrobe or buy second-hand, rather than purchasing cheap once-off costumes/hats. (If you need to buy new keep them in a box/bag for next year clearly marked). 2. Use compostable things like leaves, shamrocks, or wildflowers to decorate your home, or pin on your clothing. 3. Get creative with arts and crafts. Old cardboard and paint can go a long way. Design your very own badge or hat. If you have kids, they will love this and will want to do this for every special occasion. 4. Buy local, organic, seasonal and sustainable produce where possible. Have a green, white and gold dinner with seasonal veggies like cabbage, carrots and cauliflower. Check out Stop Food Waste for more info.
Things to Check Out 1. International Women's Day on the 8th of March. Gender Equality is SDG 5 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and today marks the changes we have made in society towards a more progressive community. It also highlights the continuing efforts we need to make to constantly improve the quality of life for all women across the globe. Get involved this International Women's Day and support local events being held across the country, see below. 2. Global Recycling Day on the 18th of March. This is a great reminder to refuse, reuse & reduce before you recycle. When recycling is it important to make sure the waste is clean, dry and loose before popping it in the recycling bin. Check out Global Recycling Day and My Waste for more information. 3. World Water Day is happening on the 22nd of March. This is to highlight how water and climate change are inextricably linked. In Ireland, we are very privileged to be living in a country with free access to clean water and the odd hosepipe ban in the summer. However, most countries are not this lucky and climate change has made it even more difficult for these countries. Water scarcity affects more than 40% of people, an alarming figure that is projected to rise as temperatures do. Although 2.1 billion people have improved water sanitation since 1990, dwindling drinking water supplies are affecting every continent. By 2050, it is projected that at least one in four people will suffer recurring water shortages. Having access to clean water and sanitation is the 6th UN SDG. If you'd like to help you can directly donate to Water Aid or else you can check out the different ways you can get involved on their website. 3. We are always keeping an eye and ear out on all the latest media broadcasts relating to sustainability and climate action. Here are some of the things we have been reading, watching and listening to recently:
Upcoming Events In March
1. The Future of Global Developments is a free event on the 5th of March focusing on the UN's SDG's. This is something we would highly recommend. You can register here. 2. The ECO Art event is one for the creatives. This is all about how artists, photographers and more can become more eco-friendly when producing their works. Event details here. 3. The Future In Food Ireland is quite a costly event, however, for those in the food industry this will be well worth the spend. Tickets available here. 4. International Women's Day is on the 8th of March and there are several events happening across the country. Here are some of our favourites and they're all free! Celebrate IWD, I Am Remarkable Women, Techmakers 5. Kickstart your gardening this spring at the Gardening Workshop help in the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin. This isn't one to miss if you want to grow more of your own fruit and veg. Tickets available here.
If you would like to learn more about how you or your work can become more sustainable, we would be delighted to help you on your green journey. Contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone on +353(0)86 082 0087.