Today’s post is a guest post from Nathalie Heyden. Nathalie Heyden is a student at the University of Waterloo, who is currently completing a co-op placement here with our team. Nathalie has been writing about sustainability, waste & recycling, compost & so much more. We invite you to read along and follow her on this exciting journey with our team. For more from Nathalie, read her recent posts about popular topics like: Decluttering & the Marie Kondo Phenomenon, Grocery Shopping With Waste In Mind, and Waste Diversion & Coffee Chains. Be sure to stay tuned for more as she completes the rest of her semester here at MASS Environmental Services Inc.
With St. Patty’s Day around the corner, we are ready to rock our shamrock sunglasses and get the green-beer flowing! With green beer in mind (maybe even in hand), this is a great opportunity to remind everyone to rethink their wasteful traditions this year. Every year, heaps of discarded decorations, adornments and empty cans and bottles litter the streets and venues post-Patty celebrations. Instead of depending on the municipality and volunteer groups to clean up our mess, let’s do our part this year and commit to zero-waste festivities!
Here are some simple waste-free ideas for this lucky day:
- Skip the green stringed beads (not to be confused with green beans). These necklaces are extremely wasteful, as many will break and end up littered throughout the streets or are simply tossed after a single use. Instead, try wearing a green shirt or a green scarf!
- If you are adamant on sporting your green beads and shamrock shades, buy your attire from a thrift store! Just be sure to avoid the section of new items that second-hand stores like to bring-in for various holidays.
- Buy green garments that you can wear again. No, I don’t mean hanging your t-shirt up until St Patty’s rolls around next year.
- Ditch the green disposable dishware and cutlery. Instead, try to buy green snacks and use reusable dishes.
- Buy your party snacks in bulk. Load up on chips and candies at the bulk food store using your reusable containers, and serve your guests packaging-free delicious treats!
- Last but not least, make use of Ontario’s bottle-return program. When the day is done, bring back all of your empties to your local Beer Store.
Wishing everyone a safe and happy waste-free St Patty’s this weekend!