"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... Continue reading »
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Plants: Nature’s Air Purifiers

Houseplants are a great way to improve the air quality in your home, especially if you live in an urban area where fresh air is a luxury. As the winter months settle in, houseplants will keep your home’s atmosphere healthy… and your spirits are buoyed by the green, too. Different houseplants are known for different purifying properties: If... Continue reading »
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Car Air Fresheners That Don’t Smell Like the 70s

If your car is starting to smell a little funky from the summer sweat, there’s a subtle, natural way to clear the air that doesn’t involve hanging tacky, artificial-smelling Christmas tree air fresheners from your rearview. And you can choose your own flavor from a range of essential oils. Materials A few same-sized squares of a breathable... Continue reading »

A Natural Way to Disinfect Surfaces (That Still Works!)

Even those of us who prefer to use natural, non-toxic products still occasionally reach for the “real stuff” when we are serious about cleaning. Case in point: when going after germs. No one likes getting sick. But the truth is, there are natural alternatives to the chemical-based cleaning products that we grew up with and constantly see... Continue reading »

Toxin-Free Flea Remedies

With the advent of spring and the longer days upon us, we’re apt to be spending more time outside, and so are our pets.Welcome to flea and tick season. Even if your cats and dogs don’t go outside, they are at risk of picking up fleas from visitors to your house. And once infested, fleas are an insidious nightmare to get rid of. You can go the... Continue reading »
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Scrubbing Your Oven Without Toxins

Many of us are committed to using environmentally friendly cleaning products 99% of the time… but when it comes to the really nasty chores, we revert to traditional toxic products because we believe they are stronger. Take cleaning the oven. It’s dirty work, and it can seem impossible to get the thing truly clean without resorting to nasty... Continue reading »
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