"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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Unclog Your Drain the Green Way

We do our best to eat organic, never litter, and to clean our house in an environmentally friendly way. But when it comes to a frustrating (and disgusting) clogged drain, our green values sometimes go out the window. (Or maybe we should say “down the drain.”)

It’s easy to reach for the surefire technique of dousing the clog with Drano. But there is a better way.  And it won’t poison our waterways or risk infecting our own water supply like those toxic hardware store-bought brands will.

The recipe:

You probably have it right in your own kitchen: baking soda. Funnel about a half a cup of baking soda into the drain, then follow it up with a few cups of boiling water.

Let the baking soda work its magic for a bit. If it doesn’t work, you can add a vinegar “chaser.” Pour about a half a cup of vinegar down the drain and promptly cover the drain tightly.

The chemical reaction that ensues should cause a good strong fizzing that will undo whatever is clogging your drain.

Follow it up with a good flush of boiling water.