Corey Colwell-Lipson and her mother Lynn Colwell have spent the past two years greening Halloween. Now they’re ready for other holidays. That’s where their new book comes in. The book is called “Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family.”
“Basically it’s an overview of how we can celebrate the same way we’ve always done in terms of traditions, but how we can do it in a way that’s healthier for us and the earth,” Colwell says.
As greening guidelines, the women suggest using the three Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle, and the three Gs: good for people, good for the planet and good for communities.
The book offers “hundreds of suggestions” for greening an assortment of holidays, including birthdays, Christmas, Diwalli and Kwanzaa.
Instead of paper plates, the women suggest compostable or non-disposable dishes. Instead of wrapping paper, they suggest reusable cloth or hiding gifts for children to discover.
“Celebrate Green!” was just released Oct. 1, but the mother-daughter pair have already sold hundreds of copies off their Web site. But they care about more than the number of books sold.
“We’re less concerned about the numbers of books we’re selling than getting the word out about our mission and our passion,” Colwell says.
That mission is to increase the healthiness of and reduce the waste produced by holiday celebrations. The women also want to work themselves out of a job.
“Our vision at some point in the near future is for people to weave these ideas into the fabric of their traditions,” Colwell-Lipson says. “That Americans will say, ‘Of course we take the health of our children and the health of our planet into our decisions.’ We hope in the near future we won’t need an initiative called Celebrate Green.”