5 Easy Ways to Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day

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If you don't wear green on St. Patrick's Day, there's a good chance that you'll get pinched. Similarly (and more importantly), if you don't practice any green living habits, that deserves a pinch too -- only because it's so simple to do. If you're not doing any of the below, start immediately -- and then buy yourself a green beer or two for a job well done.

1. Unplug any electronic devices

Unplug any electronics that aren't currently in use -- so when you go to work, make sure your laptop, iPad and hairdryer aren't plugged in. Leaving them plugged in (even if they're turned off) wastes tons of energy and makes your electric bill increase. Compare this months and next month's bills to see the difference.

2. Make sure your detergent is concentrated

If your laundry detergent's label doesn't say "concentrated," swap it out for one that does. Concentrated detergents have less water in it, therefore it's lighter to ship -- which makes the environment happy.

3. Make your recyclables pretty

There's a better chance that you'll recycle your cardboard, plastics and glass if the presentation is attractive, right? When you separate your recyclables into each of their bins, make sure that each item is properly washed and broken down, leaving less room for bad smells and spills.

4. Support your local farmers

Besides saying no to wasted energy from importing, buying your fruits, veggies and other food items from farmer's markets or stands just taste better. And if you don't have a garden, it's always easier to pretend that you picked those fresh bell peppers yourself.

5. Donate your old cell phone

There's usually an old Zack Morris-esque phone or two hiding in your desk that you wanted to keep on hand for an emergency -- but the truly outdated ones wouldn't be of much temporary help anymore. Clear up some desk space, recycle and do a good deed all at once by donating your flip phone to CellPhonesforSoldiers.com.

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