Happy St. Paddy's!

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As the old Irish adage goes, “There are only two kinds of people in the world: the Irish and those who wish they were.”

No matter which category you fall into, you’ve probably got some plans to observe St. Patrick’s Day. In fact, National Geographic estimates that over 17 million people worldwide will celebrate this traditional Irish holiday that was actually made popular by Irish-Americans in the 18th century.

If parades, parties and a little bar hopping are on your agenda today, Earth911.com has everything you need for an eco-friendly day of shamrocks and libations.

According to some estimates, over 13 million pints of Guinness alone will be consumed today. Considering recent reports that glass bottles have almost twice the environmental impact as aluminum cans, knowing how you can reduce your St. Paddy’s day impact is a must for a truly “green” holiday.

Also, if you can’t travel all the way to Ireland to kiss the Blarney Stone (which, legend has it, provides those who kiss it with eloquence and charm), get your own “charm” with some cool green drinking tips from Grist.org’s Umbra. Sláinte!

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