By Jenn (TinyChoices.com) | October 3, 2008
|©2008 Holli Dunn|
Tiny Choices is participating in a Blog Book Tour, in lieu of Lynn and Corey traveling around the country. Think of the carbon footprint savings!
Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are mother and daughter and co-authors of Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family. The book can be purchased at www.CelebrateGreen.NET and on Amazon, A Toy GardenVillage Green Gifts.
Vital statistics (name, age, location, link to website/blog)?
Lynn (on the right): Lynn Colwell, 63, mother of three grown children and Abba (that’s grandma) to four. Website www.CelebrateGreen.NET
Corey (on the left): Corey Colwell-Lipson, 35, Issaquah, WA, wife, mommy to two. www.CelebrateGreen.NET and www.GreenHalloween.org. Founder and director of Green Halloween, co-founder of The Green Year, LLC, co-author of Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family, and licensed marital and family therapist.
How do you reside (apartment or house, roommates)? Are your housing decisions dictated by choice or necessity? Please explain.
Lynn: We live in an area that is still close to country, outside Seattle. We’re in a house on about a half acre. Our decision to purchase this particular house was based in our wanting to live near our children and grandchildren. The housing market when we bought was VERY tight. We lucked out with this house. So I would say this decision was a combination of choice and necessity.
Corey: We live in a house in the downtown area of a small suburb of Seattle. We recently left a house (that was further out of town) for a number of reasons including to be closer to my parents (Lynn), school and everything else. We lost a big, beautiful, wild back yard, but that’s the tradeoff.
How do you travel (transit, car, etc)?Are your travel decisions dictated by choice or necessity? Please explain.
Lynn:I would prefer to live where we could walk or ride our bikes everywhere. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Mostly I travel by car, but am very aware of trying to drive as little as possible. Sometimes I can go an entire week without driving.
Corey: Moving to the new area allows us to be within walking distance of a lot of places we go regularly. We carpool with 4 different families to get to and from school. My husband takes the bus to and from work every day. I think our family travels out of choice and necessity, although reducing our impact on the environment is always at the forefront of our minds.
Tell us about a Tiny Choice you’ve made in your life.
Lynn:I no longer buy any paper picnic type items, plates, cups, flatware. I use what we have or borrow.
Corey: We don’t buy zip lock bags or use plastic storage containers. We rinse out glass jars (from pickles, pasta sauce etc.) and use them instead. It’s amazing how easy it is to find storage alternatives if use what’s already in front of you.
What is the one environmental dilemma you personally struggle the most with?
Lynn:Use of electricity. I love my computer and other gadgets. I have way too many peripherals and haven’t figured out yet how to keep some plugged in and others turned off because the wires are all intertwined. It would probably take a few hours to deal with it. Just been too busy.
Corey: Food packaging. I wish that I could have my own biodynamic farm and grow everything my family needs, without the need for packaging. At the very least, I wish my next door neighbor was a farmer! Even though we frequent the Farmer’s Markets and shop at the co-op, we still buy packaged food: bread, eggs, oat milk, etc. It drives me crazy to have to toss things in the trash after they’ve been used for such a short period of time. I reuse, repurpose and recycle what I can, but some things do end up going to the landfill.
What is one Tiny Choice you can make in that direction?
Lynn:I can turn off the computer every other night when it is not being backed up.
Corey: I can choose not to buy packaged products, or choose to buy those with the least packaging (or with packaging that it recyclable, reusable or compostable).
What is the one environmental Tiny Choice you make that people question (in either a positive educational or a negative hassle way) you the most about?
Lynn:I love giving gifts of donations to causes that the receiver believes in. Last year for Christmas, I gave someone close to me this gift and he blew up at me. He was VERY upset, and thought this was a complete cop out. He wanted me to get him something that I had spent time thinking about and not something that he termed so “easy.” It was a strange response to my way of thinking, and a disappointing one.
Corey: Being a vegetarian. Although recent studies show that giving up meat is better than using a hybrid, some people are not willing to make this leap, which is understandable. I don’t now that anyone has ever given me a hard time about being a vegetarian (at least not since I was a teenager), but a lot of people question me about this choice and are interested in the why’s, how’s, etc.
What is the one environmental Tiny Choice you would like every single person to adopt?
Lynn:Stop buying bottled water.
Do you feel like you make sacrifices for environmentalism? Please explain.
Lynn:Yes, in some ways. Life has become more complicated in the sense that I have to think about my choices instead of just operating on auto pilot, doing what I’ve always done. I don’t just hop into my car so I can walk by the lake. Instead, I walk around my house although it isn’t as nice a setting. (I try to do my lakeside walking only when I have an errand to run that will take me nearby.) But at the same time, the sacrifices I’m making are worthwhile and I feel positive that I’m making them, so I don’t see them as a negative thing. Rather, they are probably helping me to be a better person.
Corey: Not really. I actually feel privileged to be able to be concerned with these issues. Many people in the world spend every waking hour trying to keep their families safe, sheltered, clothed and fed. I’m fortunate enough (right now, at least!) to be able to focus on whatever I want to in life. My choice is the health and wellness of people and our planet, today and in the future. The fact of the matter is that my work is my passion and my passion is my work.
Are you generally: optimistic, pessimistic, neutral about environmentalism and the future?
Lynn:As in most every aspect of my life, I’m a complete, total, cockeyed, annoyingly ridiculous optimist. Even in the face of the worst prospects, I have hope that we will come to our senses in time. I couldn’t continue in life if I didn’t think so.
Corey: In general, I’m an optimist, although I admit that I can definitely get caught up in the doom and gloom of it all. However, one look in my children’s eyes and my optimism is renewed. There is always Hope. It’s not my middle name for nothing!
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