Celebrate Green Newsletter - Jan 27, 2009

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January 'o9
~ The Celebrate Change Edition ~

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Happy New Year!

(It comes with a gift from us)

Okay, so it's January.

The truth is, time got away from us.

The whirlwind of Green Halloween didn't end with the beginning of November and needless to say, it's still going! 

But here's the good news: our New Year's pledge is to keep you in the loop with the latest and greatest tips, tricks, updates and ideas. And we've got new ways to do so through our website, Celebrate Green! as well as our new blog.

Be sure to visit us there for everything you need to know (and a few things you just might want to know), on greening up all of your holidays and special occasions.

To sweeten the deal, we have a very special gift for you: Right now, Green Halloween's newsletter subscribers can receive one copy of our book, Celebrate Green! at 40% off the list price.

Want more? When you purchase your copy you'll receive a cool ChicoBag at no additional cost.

And here's the icing on the already sweet cake: 

Our book is printed on 100% post-consumer waste recycled, FSC certified paper and a percentage of the profits go to Treeswing and Healthy Child, Healthy World

Interested? Click here.


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We've done the math (it's true, we did math!) and the results are in:
Green Halloween 2008 was a smash hit.

The first word that comes to mind is: WOW.

The second word is THANK YOU.

(Okay, that's two words, but who's counting?)

Green Halloween 2008 was amazing, thanks to you.

From coast-to-cost parents, neighborhoods, schools, organizations, businesses and even entire cities, came together to give Halloween a healthier, more sustainable makeover.

Because of your passion, your support, your openness to share your ideas and your willingness to try something new, Green Halloween was even bigger and better than we could ever imagine. (Did we already mention that we think you rock?)

It's hard to calculate just how many people took part in year two, but here are a few stats we think will excite you:

  • 14,500 - The number of unique visitors on Green Halloween's website in the week before Halloween.
  • 37, 500 -  The number of unique visitors  welcomed on Green Halloween's site during the official Green Halloween period from 9/1/08 - 11/15/08.
  • 100 + - The estimated number of websites and blogs that featured the Green Halloween initiative. Sites included Home & Garden Television (HGTV.com), Disney's Ideal Bite, A Fresh Squeeze, Cool Mom Picks, Planet Green, Big Green Purse, EcoStilleto and Daily Candy. (If you wrote or blogged about Green Halloween, you've been elevated to saint status).

And the press was excited about us too. From an article in KIWI magazine to a cover story in the Seattle Times Sunday magazine to a mention on Access Hollywood to an interview on Martha Stewart radio - we were able to mainstream our initiative in a big, big way.

(For a list of all of our press, click here.)

Thank you for what you did to green your Halloween - whatever it was, know you made a difference.

Your Mother (Earth) would be proud.


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Want more green change to chew on?

Come visit us on KIWI magazine's website and HGTV.com where we're now featured bloggers.

In the spring we'll also begin answering all of your deepest and dark-greenest questions in a new "Ask Lynn and Corey" column on HGTV.com.

In recent months our articles have also appeared on The CW Network's Seattle's site, on Mothering.com, Savvy Source and more.

We appeared as contributors in the winter edition of Positively Green magazine  and have been invited to contribute to a new e-zine called Sexy Green, launching Valentine's Day, 2009.

We're excited to share this news with you and look forward to keeping you up-to-date on our year 'round blog at www.CelebrateGreen.NET.

(If you have news or products that you'd like us to know and write about, send us an e-mail with the details.)

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Green Halloween is a program of The Green Year, LLC, founded by Lynn and Corey, the mother-daughter team working to change the world, one celebration at a time. For more, visit www.CelebrateGreen.NET


Share the good, green love and see our top 3 tips for celebrating an eco V-Day, below...

Change is in the wind

Change is clearly the word de jour and this is no less the case with Green Halloween.

Here are a few of the changes we're working on for the upcoming Halloween season:

  • In 2009, Treeswing will revert to being Green Halloween's beneficiary. This means that profits raised will be contributed to them in support of their innovative programs to keep children healthy.
  • We'll be doing a website overhaul with a new homepage and improved features to get you the information you're looking for as quickly and as easily as possible.
  • Sponsors will be featured throughout the site in addition to on the sponsors page.
  • Video clips will allow you to connect with us in whole new ways.

Want to be a part of the change? Send us your feedback on how we can improve the site, our initiative, this newsletter or anything else.

We want YOU.

Our doors are now open to Green Halloween's 2009 sponsors.

And we hope you'll play a part!

If your like-minded company, organization or family wishes to support our work (okay, play) to give Halloween and all holidays a great, green makeover, we'd love to hear from you. 

Here is what one of our past partners had to say about their experience with us:

"When Recycline heard about Green Halloween, we knew we had to get involved. What a wonderfully fresh spin in a tried and true tradition! Green Halloween offers exactly what our Preserve products seek to give consumers, a simple, fun way to lead a greener life."

C.A. Webb, marketing director
Recycline, Inc.: maker of Preserve brand products  

Be a part of the change. Contact Corey for details on becoming a 2009 Green Halloween sponsor.
(And soon, you'll see your logo featured below:)
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Eco-Valentine's Day Tip #1

Eco-Valentine's Day Tip #2 Eco-Valentine's Day Tip #3

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Chocolate is the quintessential V-Day gift.

Not only does it taste divine, it makes you feel divine. Why? The naturally occurring chemicals in chocolate interact with your brain in the same way that sex does. Thank you, endorphins!

So bring on the chocolate - just make sure that it is triple certified (okay, that's not so sexy a term, but believe us, it's important): Fair Trade, organic and shade grown.

We love Sjaak's and Seattle-based, Theo Chocolates 


Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, unless she's eco-savvy.

Eco-savvy Girl knows that diamonds are mined (a very un-green process) sometimes by less than scrupulous folks who use the stones to fund (and fuel) un-ethical things like civil wars and terrorism. Not cool at all.

So if you're looking to adorn your loved one with 'bling - make sure it's of the sort Mother (Earth) would approve of.

We love GreenKarat's lab-grown gems, Smart Glass's colorful and sleek recycled-bottle jewelry, Mark Edge's hip, edgy eco vintage line and ethically sourced jewelry from Global Exchange.


Women (and some progressive men), expect flowers on Valentine's Day, but there's nothing rosy about pesticide residue on the nose of your love, or in the water and soil of the Earth that sustains you.

If you don't have a green thumb (or live in North Dakota and can't dig your greenhouse out of the snow), buy certified organic or VeraFlora certified for a little peace of heart.

Choosing locally grown will earn you mega bonus points. You'll see, it's super sexy.

We love Seattle's TerraBella Flowers and Organic Style  

(Want to read the rest of this article? Click here for the real deal, originally appearing on KSTW.com.)

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