St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching (March 17, gals!), and though I’m not even a little bit Irish, I always join in on the celebrations. Oh, and I happen to look pretty darn good in green. But as I was thinking about which party store to head to for my shamrock pins and beaded necklaces, another thought came to mind.
Instead of throwing away our greens for green we’ll only wear once this year, why don’t we do a whole lot of good by picking up St. Patty’s Day-worthy items that also make the world a better place? Here are 12 great ways to prep for the luckiest day of the year, guilt free.
1. FEED Nature Bag ($45, feedprojects.com).
Carry your alcoholic beverages water bottles in style with this adorable tote, which was created from organic cotton, of course. Plus, proceeds will buy 25 meals for those affected by natural disasters. Who said saving the world couldn’t be stylish?
2. Women’s Love Surf T-shirt ($40, jedidiahusa.com).
Hit the town in this festive, trendy tee and help homeless kids at the same time. Proceeds from the sale of this shirt will go to StandUp For Kids, a non-profit dedicated to serving homeless teens and at-risk youth.
3. Rain Tee Logo Tee ($38, raintees.com).
Sometimes, we all need a little nudge down the road to eco-friendliness. With this t-shirt, you’ll not only be fully decked out for that St. Patty’s Day party, but you’ll also remind fellow guests to be kind to the earth. Made using fair labor practices and absolutely no animal products, you’ll be a beacon of (green) light for your BFFs.
4. Clean Up Soap ($8, cleanupsoap.com).
As a former child soldier from Cambodia, Aki Ra has dedicated his time to helping young survivors of landmine explosions through the Cambodia Landmine Museum, which he created. Parsons grad Hideaki Matsui designed the soaps, with the idea that as the soap washes away, these life-destroying landmines fade as well. Part of the proceeds from each bar will aid organizations like Aki Ra’s. Do you need another reason to get clean?
5. Plant a Vegetable Garden ($30, oxfamamericaunwrapped.com).
Even if you were born without a green thumb, you can still give the gift of a garden to families in need. For only $30, you can help feed families by providing them with resources to grow fruits and veggies. Now that’s the true spirit of St. Patrick’s Day!
6. Buxom Stay-There Eye Shadow ($17, sephora.com).
If you’re a Sephora fan, you’ve probably realized that their shadows could last through even the longest holiday bash. Now, you can slather the green onto your peepers while aiding Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit that provides assistance dogs to disabled people.
7. Teens Turning Green Depth Sea Foam Facial Cleanser ($7, wholefoodsmarket.com).
It’s easier than ever to add some green to your daily beauty routine. Created without using harmful parabens, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances, this invigorating cleanser will help your face stay fresh through St. Patty’s Day carousing and beyond!
8. ‘Connections’ by Oliver Flores Hoodie ($44, commonthreadz.org).
Beat the chill with this ultra-cozy hoodie. For each tee or hoodie you purchase off the site, an orphan or child in need will receive a school uniform –and you’ll even get your name added to a “thank you” wall in Africa!
9. Kiva Loan ($25, kiva.org).
With our help, the working poor can obtain funding to better their lives. When you make a small loan to Kiva, microfinance institutions will receive all of the monies to lend to poor borrowers. Whether you want to fund a woman running a business selling Irish potatoes or help a man buy and install air conditioners, there are more than 2,000 loans to choose from. We only wish we could aid ‘em all!
10. Mint Metallic Linen Women’s Classics ($48, toms.com).
It’s simple: pick up a pair of TOMS and a needy child will receive a brand new pair of shoes. Besides being a minty green treat, these kicks are only available online for a limited time. So grab yours before they’re all sold out!
11. pureDKNY Verbena ($65/ 1.7 oz., sephora.com).
You’ll smell citrusy-fresh even while barhopping. Calming verbena and floral notes combine with amber, sea moss, and vetiver for a scent that is refreshing but not overpowering. Best of all, the bottle is created from recyclable glass and its box was fashioned from sustainably harvested paper. We’ll take one, stat!
12. Protect Our Earth Glasses: Set of 4 ($40, uncommongoods.com).
Throwing a party? Then these recycled glasses are must-haves! Not only are they totally festive, but they were created from bottles that were about to fill our overflowing landfills even more. Etched onto the glasses is the phrase “Protect Our Earth” in four different languages. Forget about having one St. Patty’s Day crush –we already have four!