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Top 10 Ways to Celebrate a Green Valentines’ Day

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Valentines’ Day is right around the corner and you may be wondering how best to celebrate this holiday ‘o love while keeping your mother (Earth) in mind.

Fear not, fellow greenies, loving your sweetheart and your planet can go hand-in-hand when you think outside the conventional V-Day box.

Here are a few pointers:

Cards – Traditional Valentine’s Day cards are made from virgin trees. Now that’s not spreading the love. Instead, choose cards made from 100% recycled or tree-free stock, or make your own from similar materials. Want to create something truly unique? See below for inspiration.

Gifts – Top gifts for Valentine’s Day include chocolate, jewelry, flowers and lingerie. You don’t have to go the conventional route just because you want to stick to tradition. Look for gifts that are made sustainably and ethically and remember that sometimes the greatest gifts are free and don’t require wrapping.

Activities – Just about any game or activity can be tweaked for Valentine’s Day. To green it up, use reused, reusable and recycled materials or find activities that don’t require “stuff” at all. Or, put a little sexy fun into the idea of “reducing” by cooking dinner with your sweetheart sans clothes and, in lieu of a card, use body paints to illustrate your love for your partner. A body poem will definitely earn bonus points.

Our top ten picks:

We made this whimsical “card” out of an old pair of scratched reading glasses. (The glasses slide into the recycled paper “case.”) We’ve also made cards out of mint tins, lids, boxes and more. What do you usually throw away that might be re-purposed? Your love will love your creativity and effort.

Go sexy and sustainable with lingerie made from bamboo, organic cotton or other soft, eco-fabulous materials. Check out Cosabella, Urban Fox and Sweet Skins. If you happen to live in Europe (or your sweetheart does), you’ll both go ga-ga over G=9.8 and Green Knickers.

Why do we love chocolate? Let us count the reasons… the luscious taste, the aphrodisiac affect, the health benefit. But the conventional chocolate industry has some dirty little secrets you can learn more about here. Look for organic, Fair Trade, and bird-friendly options available in all shapes, flavors and price ranges. (For a limited time when you purchase a copy of our book, Celebrate Green! you can add a box of Sjaak’s organic, Fair Trade chocolate at no cost except for shipping! Click here for details.)

Ah, roses. The quintessential symbol of blooming love. To keep your symbol green this year, look for organic or VeraFlora Certified and Fair Trade options. Choosing an eco-bouquet is a gift to the Earth and to the farmers who grow and prepare the flowers because conventional flowers, such as roses, may be doused with up to 1,000 times more chemicals than conventionally grown food. Look for florists selling locally grown flowers or contact Organic Bouquet

If you’re thinking of giving the gift of glam, consider artisan made jewelry that is hip and eco-friendly. We love Smart Glass (in photo) made from re-purposed glass and Green Karat’s responsibly indulgent jewelry made from recycled metals and gems.

Pamper your partner and the planet with sustainable luxuries for the body. Vintage Body Spa makes organic and Fair Trade confections for the skin, so eco-yummy you’ll want to eat it. We especially love their line of chocolate body polish (pictured) and shea butter lotion.

When giving the gift of wine, look for locally produced organic or biodynamic wine with sustainable real cork stoppers. We’re fans of Cooper Hill and Badger Mountain. Where to buy? Check your local grocery or even big box store or better yet buy direct from a winery near you. (Here’s an idea, how about taking your sweetheart on a V-Day tour.)

Celebrate your love this V-Day with a gift basket filled with ethically sourced, all natural, organic and chemical-free romantic goodies such as Good Clean Love’s oils and body butters, Earth Erotic’s phthalate-free “toys,” a 100% beeswax candle from Big Dipper Wax Works, and a DIY booklet filled with coupons redeemable for a massage, a movie, a love letter, and a dinner for two.

No matter what gift you’re giving, if you’d normally consider wrapping it, don’t. Instead, make your gifts fashionably fun by dressing them up in fabrics such as the one pictured above by Bobo, or make your own from fabric remnants or silk or cotton scarves. Or do away with wrapping all together and hide your gift/ gifts (adults love a good treasure hunt, too!) or wrap your gift in what your love really wants – you.

Several studies have shown that philanthropy creates a chemical reaction in the brain similar to food, drugs and sex. So, if you want to create that warm-a-heart glow this V-day it could be as simple as making a charitable contribution or donating your time to a worthy cause (something you can do along side your love). Consider non-profits that are in line with your partner’s values and passions. Go to Just Give for ideas on where to start.

Want more ideas on how to celebrate green this Valentine’s Day and beyond? Visit Lynn & Corey at www.CelebrateGreen.NET

Green Halloween® is a nationwide non-profit initiative started by mother-daughter team Corey Colwell-Lipson and Lynn Colwell. In 2010, Green Halloween became a program of EcoMom® Alliance and has events in cities across the U.S.

3 Eco Valentine’s Day Card Ideas

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

(These ideas were featured today on Northwest Cable News)

Eek! It’s Valentine’s Day card time! What are you sending to school?

Packs of pre-made cards are typically made from virgin trees. With schools across the country celebrating this day ‘o love & friendship, imagine how trees are needed to supply all the cards!

100% Post-consumer waste cards can be hard to come by, so here are a few fun, green ideas to consider as an alternative.

Seed embedded card

Wool felted hearts

Sole Mate “card”

Catch more of Lynn & Corey’s eco-Valentine ideas on

Green Halloween® is a nationwide non-profit initiative started by mother-daughter team Corey Colwell-Lipson and Lynn Colwell. In 2010, Green Halloween became a program of EcoMom® Alliance and has events in cities across the U.S.

5 Fun Ways to celebrate a Green Halloween {and WIN!}

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Thanks so much to the following companies for inspiring healthy and sustainable Halloween traditions by spreading the good, green fun.

1. Green Halloween ChicoBag trick-or-treat bag design contest – For kids up to age 13. Winning design is featured on the 2011 ChicoBag reusable trick-or-treat bag. Prizes include gifts from cool eco-product partners, cash for your school and more. 10% of bag’s sales supports the Green Halloween initiative.

2. HolidayLEDs Green Halloween Pledge – Pledge to take a step towards greening Halloween this year, and you can win $150 in energy-saving decorative holiday LED lighting, just in time for the holidays.

3. YeahTips Green Halloween contestText-to-give $5 to support Green Halloween and enter to win an iPod Shuffle, a $25 Amazing gift certificate, a Green Halloween goody bag and/or a copy of the book, Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family by Green Halloween co-founders, Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson.

4. MiniMonos Green Halloween costume competition -  Design an awesome upcycled Halloween get-up and win points to play in this online virtual world for “Green Kids.”

5. Inhabitots Green Halloween Costume Contest – Create an EEK-O-fabulous costume for your tot and you could win eek-o-fabulous Halloween gear.

Make Your Own {Healthy} Halloween Face Paints (VIDEO)

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Last year, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics released a report stating that 10 of 10 face paints tested contained lead (a powerful neurotoxin) and other heavy metals. These findings fuel mounting concerns over the safety of numerous chemical fragrances, artificial colors, preservatives and other ingredients in body products (for children and adults).

But kids wear face paint, they don’t eat it, right?

Wrong. What’s applied to the skin is absorbed into the body. Think of body products (face paint, included) as skin food.

So what’s a parent to do?

Make you own, as we did today with New Day Northwests host, Margaret Larson. It’s super easy (and FUN!) and can be made with ingredients you likely already own and trust.

(Not sure if you do trust the products you own like diaper rash cream, or lotion, the base ingredient in our face paint recipe? Be sure to check out

Not the DIY type?

Purchase mineral-based makeup from or

Segment links:

Non-toxic nail polish:

Safe Face Paints (pre-made):

All-natural food coloring:

Non-toxic diaper rash cream:

Get the {eco} Look: Corey’s dress from Issaquah-based sustainable-designer, Lizzie Parker. Lynn’s artisan-designed, reclaimed felt necklace from


Green Halloween® is a nationwide non-profit initiative started by mother-daughter team Corey Colwell-Lipson and Lynn Colwell. In 2010, Green Halloween became a program of EcoMom® Alliance and has events in cities across the U.S.

Night, night Green Halloween blog. See you in the fall!

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

keep As you might have determined from our lack of recent blog posts, now that Halloween is over (we’re sorry, it’s true), we’ve been busy with other things.

But not just any other things.

Green things.

Celebrate Green! things, to be exact.

You see, as much as we love Green Halloween, we also love Green Christmas, Green Hanukkah, Green Kwanzaa and even Green New Year’s. We love Green Valentine’s Day, Green St. Patty’s and Green Easter, Passover, and Mother’s Day, too. We’re into greening birthdays and weddings and even office parties. But it’s hard to blog about eco office parties on a site called Green Halloween.

So, as we do every year at this time, we head on over to (and to fulfill our dream of greening up the world during ALL seasons and holidays.We’re not two-faced, we’re just multi-passionate.

And fear not, Green Halloween fans, we’ll be back. Come late summer we’ll reach out to you here, once again. But in the meantime, we don’t have to part ways! We can stay connected at

Of course, we can also stay in touch via Twitter, Facebook or plain old regular e-mail. Whatever floats your boat. Just know that come Halloween 2010, we’ll be back. Bigger than ever.

We can’t wait to see you then…

Happy holidays, from our family to yours!

Corey & Lynn