10 March 2013

For St. Patrick's Day, Cheers to the Drinking of the Green

St. Patrick's Day is the one day of the year when it's socially acceptable to walk around with teeth so green-tinted that you look like you've been hitting the aloe vera gel. And while St. Pat's Day beer is green a là The Incredible Hulk, it's also green a là composting and smart cars—at least much more so than some of the stuff that you could be drinking.

Like, for instance, milk. Opt for a glass of green suds instead of food-colored cow's milk with breakfast, and you'll simultaneously get the party started and save the planet. How does pre-gaming help the Earth? Animal agriculture is responsible for such a huge percentage of greenhouse-gas emissions that the United Nations concluded that a worldwide shift toward a vegan diet is necessary to combat climate change. The dairy industry also requires massive amounts of land, water, and energy for a comparatively small yield—a very inefficient use of natural resources.

And you can make your beer really green by opting for eco-friendly brewers such as Sierra Nevada or by choosing drafts over bottles and cans, which eliminates packaging waste. Ever been to a bar that offered milk on tap? Didn't think so.

If you're hosting the festivities, serving your guests some kelly-hued adult beverages in frosty PETA mugs printed with animal-friendly messages will keep beer cold and hearts warm.

Helping the planet just by drinking green beer? Someone pinch me.

Written by PETA 

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