"There is more to life than increasing its speed." -- Mohandas Gandhi
"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need forComplicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the Philosophy is kindness." --- Dalai Lama
"This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet." ---Rumi
"All that we are is a result of all that we have thought" ---Bhudda
"If every household in the US replaced one bottle of shower cleaner containing chlorine bleach with a hydrogen-peroxide-based shower cleaner we could prevent 1 million pounds of chlorine from entering our environment."
"If every household in the US replaced just one box of 48 oz petroleum-based powder laundry detergent with a vegetable-based product we could save 96,000 barrels of oil."
"Not by harming life does one become noble.One is termed noble for being gentle to all living things." ---Dhammapada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
"If every household in the US replaced just one box of 85-sheet virgin-fiber facial tissue with recycled ones, we could save 280,000 trees."
"He who knows that all things are his mind, That all with which he meets are friendly, Is ever joyful." ---Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa
"If every household in the US replaced just one 25 oz bottle of petroleum-based dishwashing liquid with a plant-based product, we could save 81,000 barrels of oil."
"In whom there dwells no self-deception and no pride, Who is desireless, whose wrath is put away, whose self hath cool become --He is Brahmin." ---Udana
"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." ---- His Holiness the Dalai Lama
"In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of the decisions on the next seven generations." ---Great Law of the Iroquois
"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." ---- Dalai Lama
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world" ---Mahatma Gandhi

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Looking Ahead to the New Year

This is the time of year when we leave the chaos of the holidays behind and start to think about how we can simplify and improve our lives for the year ahead. What better resolutions to make than ones that benefit our health, our home, and the planet?  With that in mind, here are five ideas for ways you can pledge to make positive choices in the year ahead:

  1. Choose products with less ingredients. This goes for food (ideally avoiding processed foods), cosmetics/bodycare products, and cleaning products. Replace at least some of your cleaning products with good old-fashioned vinegar and water. Avoid bleach when you can.
  2. Throw out your Teflon pans! Teflon, for so long a popular nonstick option, is now known to emit toxic fumes when scratched and heated. Consider cast iron instead.
  3. Trade in your mattress and bedding for organic options. If you can’t quite afford a whole new mattress just yet, consider buying an organic cotton mattress topper and organic cotton sheets.
  4. Use filtered tap water instead of bottled. Less plastic waste, less chance of contaminants.
  5. Think about what you’re stocking your kitchen with. Eating local, sustainable, organic foods whenever possible is better for your body and the community you live in. Localfoodswheel.com sells a handy tool to help you figure out what’s local and seasonal in your area.

Happy new years from all of us at Greenforce!

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