AltUse Find ReGreet Cards




How regreet works
regreet works by using labels and mailing supplies that make it easy and chic for you to reuse greeting cards. In addition, our unique journey codes enable you to track your card's journey over time! Read More

Are you starting a card you've received on a regreet journey?
1. First, apply a signature label over the sender's message. (See second photo from top, at left.) Use a sheet of the note paper if you’d like to include a longer message.
2. Next, apply a journey label to the back of the card. (See photo, middle left.)
3. Introduce your friends to regreet by including a hop along kit so they can keep this card on its journey and out of a waste bin. (See photo, bottom left.) The hop along kit includes a greeting label, a sheet of note paper and an envelope.



Did you receive a card and a hop along kit?
1. Apply the signature label in the hop along kit over what the sender wrote and add your own message. (See second photo from top, at left.)
2. Use the sheet of the note paper if you’d like to include a longer message.
3. Send the card onto the next recipient in the envelope.
4. Congratulations, you’ve just regreeted! To make sure this card continues on its journey and stays out of a landfill, order additional supplies (or encourage your recipient to do so!).



Don’t forget to track your card!
Each journey label contains a journey code that will track your card's path. You’ll be able to check in and see where it goes!

AltUse Find - How To Safely Dispose of Unused Medications


Don't dispose of your old medicine by flushing it down the toilet. That harms our water supply. And, don't just throw it away in the trash either. People may come across them and try to ingest them. Rather, take them out and mesh them in with mashable waste like kitty litter, coffee grounds or other mashables. That keeps them out of the water and other people's hands. Read More
Proper drug disposal is an emerging environmental issue. As with any household waste, the disposal method chosen can have a direct effect on safety and the health of the environment. Most strive to be responsible. What are your options? Learn how to safely dispose of your unwanted medications.
Here's Why:
  1. Should You Flush Them Down The Toilet?

    I know we all have done it. Experts say however, this method may have potential harmful effects on the environment. Disposal via the toilet takes your drugs into the local sewage system. Modern water treatment plants are not fully designed to deal with medication disposal. The long-term health risks posed by consumption of even minute quantities of these medications in drinking water and the full extent of environmental damage remains unknown.
  2. Should You Pour Them Down The Sink?

    This is no better than flushing them down the toilet. They still end up in the same place. It's even worse if your home uses a septic system. Experts say drugs can leach into the local water table, eventually coming out somewhere, like a nearby lake or stream, or even worse out onto your own property, where pets, livestock or wildlife could be at risk.
  3. Should You Throw Them Into The Trash?

    Safety experts strongly discourage throwing them into the trash where children or pets can find them. Your trash will eventually make it to a local landfill, where your medications could still have the potential to leach out. Many municipal or local trash services now have local household waste facilities where you can safely drop off your medications for incineration. Call your local trash service for options in your area.
  4. Should You Return Them To Your Pharmacy?

    This is a good option if your pharmacy will do it, however, pharmacies are not required to take back your unused medications. Some pharmacies and drugstore chains do sponsor regular "clean out your medicine cabinet" drives where customers can return old, expired or unused medications, supplements and other over-the-counter products. Call your local drugstore or pharmacy for options in your area.
  5. Should You Return Them To Your Doctor?

    This is another good option, however, just like pharmacists, not all physicians or doctor offices will do it. Some may hesitate. Some may not be fully prepared to safely handle the process. Call ahead to see if your doctor can offer safer medication disposal methods.
Tips:
  1. Consider all your options for safer, environmentally-friendly disposal of your unused medications.
  2. When you explore safer options expect to hear "Why don't you just flush them down the toilet?" Just because this method is still common practice does not make it the most responsible or safest practice.
    The FDA advises that certain painkillers (e.g, OxyContin, Morphine, Percocet) be flushed down the toilet instead of thrown in the trash.
  3. Keep in mind, proper medication disposal is still an emerging environmental issue. Even experts and officials differ greatly on what should be done about the problem.
  4. Your disposal options can and will vary greatly by your area. You will find a wide variety of answers to this problem.
  5. If you must dispose of your unused medications in the trash, which is still better and safer than the sewer, you may want to place a little water into solid medications or solidify liquid medicines with a little kitty litter, sawdust or flour. This may help keep your medications from being taken accidentally by a child or pet.

AltUse Find - Energy Saving: 13 Tips to Turn Your Cell Phone Green


Simple Earth Day tricks to help the planet every time you place a call By , About.com Guide Read More

The global effort to be green has culminated over decades from one person taking one step at a time. Together, millions of small steps from millions of people have added up to huge leaps the planet feels positively every day through energy saving and other positive changes. 

Here are 13 simple tips to easily turn your cell phone green.

1. Unplug Your Phone Charger When Unused

Did you know your phone’s charger still draws energy even when it’s not plugged into your phone? Unplug it when it’s not in use.

2. Minimize Your Phone’s Backlight

If your phone’s backlight is illuminated for longer than you need, you’re wasting energy. Reduce it so you’re only using what’s necessary. Your phone’s battery will thank you.

3. Power Off Your Phone Entirely

If you’re in a movie, an airplane or somewhere else you know you can’t be reached, why not power off your phone? Just keeping it on vibrate uses its battery when you don’t need it. Your voicemails and texts will come later.

4. Use GPS Instead of Driving

If your cell phone has the capability, use GPS navigation from your phone for directions to save driving time and gas.

5. Only Replace Your Phone When Necessary

Don’t buy a new phone until you need it. Recycle your old phone when you do.

6. Use Your Phone’s Alarm Clock

Chances are your phone has an alarm clock. Unplug and retire your traditional alarm clock at home and use your cell phone for this function instead.

7. Use Your Phone’s Backlight at Night

By your bed at night, use your phone’s backlight as your flashlight instead of a traditional night-light.

8. Only Charge Your Phone When Necessary

Many people are accustomed to charging their cell phones every night whether or not the battery has been depleted. To be less wasteful, don’t charge your phone until the battery really needs it.

9. Read News on Your Phone

If your phone can, save paper by reading your news and magazine content from your cell phone.

10. Save Paper With Your Phone

Your phone can be used as a digital notepad of sorts. Instead of using paper, make cell phone lists by texting or emailing yourself. 

11. Charge Your Phone With Alternative Methods

To charge your phone without using an electrical outlet, did you know you can buy a solar-powered charger for your phone instead? Here’s one that’s reviewed well by CNET.

12. Request Alternative Energy at Home

If you don’t want a solar cell phone charger, you can call your electricity provider and request to use energy at home from alternative methods such as solar or wind power.

13. Consider Carbon Offsetting

If you don’t want to do that, you can offset your cell phone’s energy usage with carbon offsetting. This means you’re using electricity in its typical way and then you’re paying another company to use sustainable resources, plant trees, etc. even when you can’t directly. GreenEnergyChoice.com is one example. 

AltUse Find - Mamapalooza



Becoming Mothers of Unlimited Possibilities

Mamapalooza, Inc. is: 

Dedicated to serving, promoting, celebrating, encouraging, inspiring and awakening ALL mothers through Media, Commerce, Connection and Performing Fine Arts. Read More
 
Our mission is to enlighten and empower all women to claim their voice by:

•    Establishing a new art form that speaks to the unique and collective perspective of women who are mothers, while sharing this with the world.
•    Creating sustainable programming & opportunities through ongoing events, merchandising, and media presentations.
•    Acting as a resource and lifestyle guide for mothers seeking support in mainstream and alternative settings.
•    Supporting the choices mothers have made, while educating and empowering them in order to support these choices.

MOM-ORGANIZED, & FAMILY-FRIENDLY

Mamapalooza is:

Mothers, musicians, authors, comics, dancers, filmmakers, designers, craftswomen, educators, merchants and community leaders coming together in a collaborative effort to highlight the challenges of motherhood in an ever-evolving personal, social, cultural, sexual and political landscape.

Mamapalooza, Inc:  Recognizes and honors the growing awareness of moms; their personal stories, their power as both consumers and constituents, and their continuing need and desire to creatively express themselves while building Mom-based businesses that sustain them.

We recognize that art is a tool for social change. Mamapalooza encourages women to use their medium to build self esteem, break down stereotypes, create unity, encourage diversity, inspire individuality, and empower future generations.  
 
We recognize that art elevates the spirit in times of hardship and transition, lending joy to everyday life. Our creations celebrate our humanity, define our experiences, and serve as healers and peacemakers. 
 
We recognize the vital importance to laying a new foundation for women who are mothers, and the impact this has on future generations. Mamapalooza is strongly committed to our youth, and is committed to changing the perception that children are a liability in the professional and performing arts world – they are often inspiration and foundation for our creative and commercial endeavors.

The Mission Continues:

MAMAPALOOZA’s mission is to change the way modern mothers think about themselves. By giving voice to the daily struggles, joys and triumphs women face as mothers, we are providing a platform for women to discover (and re-discover) their creative selves. Mothers as beautiful and talented, vibrant and sexy, setting new standards for their children from this point on…MAMAPALOOZA believes it is time for the world to celebrate mothers in a new way.

MAMAPALOOZA is a movement, a community and a resource, which supports women by encouraging them to get creative and give something back to themselves. We are saying that by choosing motherhood you do not need to give up your creative endeavors! On the contrary, by choosing motherhood we have unlimited new material with which to express ourselves, helping to validate our experiences as mothers.


Why has MAMAPALOOZA exploded to 4 countries and multiple stages in just 7 years? Mothers need a source of connection and inspiration. Motherhood can be isolating. It has long been accepted that with the territory of motherhood comes self-sacrifice and self-depletion. If left unchecked many times this can even leave women in a state of depression. Washington Post journalist Tracy Thompson, (author of The Ghost in the House: Motherhood, Raising Children, and Struggling with Depression) has this to say:
                                                                                 
‘Depression affects you to your core – your self-image, your confidence, your sense of being a valuable person …Plus, you can’t take care of anybody else for long if you’re not taking care of yourself…’ (MUBAR Blog Book Tour, Aug. 7, 2006)

Mothers are drawn to MAMAPALOOZA to replenish themselves. MAMAPALOOZA supports women who need to get out of the house or away from the office and up on the stage, whether it’s for the very first time or picking up a profession left off since pre-baby days.

The lost potential from low self-esteem is a terrible waste. MAMAPALOOZA believes that with affecting the self-esteem of Moms throughout the world we will also positively affect the lives of our daughters.

Mamapalooza Founder Joy Rose on Mamapalooza: “If the world view of Moms changes to incorporate concepts of artistic, gorgeous, vivacious, intelligent, sexual beings living out their passion collectively, then we’ve done a good job."

 

AltUse Find - About Lego


Lego (trademarked in capitals as LEGO) is a line of construction toys manufactured by the Lego Group, a privately held company based in Billund, Denmark. The company's flagship product, Lego consists of colorful interlocking plastic bricks and an accompanying array of gears, minifigures and various other parts. Lego bricks can be assembled and connected in many ways, to construct such objects as vehicles, buildings, and even working robots. Anything constructed can then be taken apart again, and the pieces used to make other objects. The toys were originally designed in the 1930s in Europe and have achieved an international appeal, with an extensive subculture that supports Lego movies, games, competitions, and four Lego-themed amusement parks. Read More

The Lego Group began in the workshop of Ole Kirk Christiansen, a carpenter from Billund, Denmark, who began making wooden toys in 1932. In 1934 his company came to be called Lego. It expanded to producing plastic toys in 1940. In 1949 Lego began producing the now famous interlocking bricks, calling them "Automatic Binding Bricks". These bricks were based largely on the design of Kiddicraft Self-Locking Bricks, which were released in the United Kingdom in 1947. Lego modified the design of the Kiddicraft brick after examining a sample given to it by the British supplier of an injection-moulding machine that the company had purchased. The bricks, manufactured from cellulose acetate, were a development of traditional stackable wooden blocks that locked together by means of several round studs on top and a hollow rectangular bottom. The blocks snapped together, but not so tightly that they required extraordinary effort to be separated.
The company name Lego was coined by Christiansen from the Danish phrase leg godt, which means "play well". The name could also be interpreted as "I put together" and "I assemble" in Latin, though this would be a somewhat forced application of the general sense "I collect; I gather; I learn"; the word is most used in the derived sense "I read".
The Lego Group's motto is kun det bedste er godt nok which means 'only the best is good enough'. This motto was created by Ole Kirk to encourage his employees never to skimp on quality, a value he believed in strongly. The motto is still used within the company today.
The use of plastic for toy manufacture was not highly regarded by retailers and consumers of the time. Many of the Lego Group's shipments were returned after poor sales; it was thought that plastic toys could never replace wooden ones.
By 1954 Christiansen's son Godtfred Kirk Christiansen had become the junior managing director of the Lego Group. It was his conversation with an overseas buyer that struck the idea of a toy system. Godtfred saw the immense potential in Lego bricks to become a system for creative play but the bricks still had some problems from a technical standpoint: their locking ability was limited and they were not very versatile. In 1958 the modern brick design was developed but it took another five years to find the right material for it. The modern Lego brick was patented on January 28, 1958; bricks from that year are still compatible with current bricks.

Lego pieces of all varieties are a part of a universal system. Despite variation in the design and purpose of individual pieces over the years, each remains compatible in some way with existing pieces. Lego bricks from 1958 still interlock with those made in 2010, and Lego sets for young children are compatible with those made for teenagers.
Bricks, beams, axles, gears, mini figures, and all other parts in the Lego system are manufactured to an exacting degree of precision. When snapped together, pieces must have just the right amount of strength and flexibility mixed together to stick together. They must stay together until pulled apart. They cannot be too easy to pull apart, or the resulting constructions would be unstable; they also cannot be too difficult to pull apart, since the disassembly of one creation in order to build another is part of the Lego appeal. In order for pieces to have just the right "clutch power", Lego elements are manufactured within a tolerance of 2 ┬Ám.[1]
Primary concept and development work takes place at the Billund headquarters, where the company employs approximately 120 designers. The company also has smaller design offices in the UK, Spain, Germany, and Japan, which are tasked with developing products aimed specifically at these markets. The average development period for a new product is around twelve months, in three stages. The first stage is to identify market trends and developments, including contact by the designers directly with the market; some are stationed in toy shops close to holiday periods, while others interview children. The second stage is the design and development of the product based upon the results of the first stage. As of September 2008 the design teams use 3D modeling software such as Rhinoceros 3D to generate CAD drawings from initial design sketches. The designs are then prototyped using an in-housestereolithography machine. These are presented to the entire project team for comment and for testing by parents and children during the "validation" process. Designs may then be altered in accordance with the results from the focus groups. Virtual models of completed Lego products are built concurrently with the writing of the user instructions. Completed CAD models are also used in the wider organization, such as for marketing and packaging. Also the naming of the bricks such as 2x3 or 4x4 was made by intelligent children who tried describing the materials they used to create such a "invention".

Since 1963, Lego pieces have been manufactured from a strong, resilient plastic known as acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS).[1] As of September 2008, the engineers use the NX CAD/CAM/CAE PLM software suite to model the elements. The software allows the parts to be optimized by way of mold flow and stress analysis. Prototype molds are sometimes built before the design is committed to mass production. The ABS plastic is heated to 232 °C (450 °F) until at a dough-like consistency. It is then injected into the molds at pressures between 25 and 150 tons, and takes approximately 15 seconds to cool. The molds are permitted a tolerance of up to two thousandths of a millimeter (2×10−6 m), to ensure the bricks remain connected.[2] Human inspectors check the output of the molds, to eliminate significant variations in color or thickness. Worn-out molds are encased in the foundations of buildings to prevent them from falling into competitors' hands.[citation needed]According to the Lego Group, about eighteen bricks out of every million fail to meet the standard required.[1] Lego factories recycle all but about 1 percent of their plastic waste from the manufacturing process every year. If the plastic can't be re-used in Lego bricks, it's processed and sold to industries that can make use of it.[3][4]
Manufacturing of Lego bricks occurs at a number of locations around the world. Molding is done at one of two plants in Denmark and Czech Republic. Brick decorations and packaging is done at plants in Denmark, the United StatesMexico and theCzech Republic. The Lego company estimates that in the course of five decades it has sold some 400 billion Lego blocks.[5] Annual production of Lego bricks averages approximately 20 billion (2×1010) per year, or about 600 pieces per second: if all the Lego bricks ever produced were to be divided equally among a world population of six billion, each person would have 62 Lego bricks.[1]
In 2007, Lego Group announced a restructuring of the current production setup including the outsourcing of some of the production work to Flextronics, a Singaporean electronics company.[6] Lego Group plans to close the production facility in Enfield, Connecticut and outsource this work to the Flextronics factory in Mexico.[6][7] Flextronics will also oversee the factory in Kladno, Czech Republic. The Czech facilities would also be expanded due to the planned closing of the Swiss factory in Baar, which mostly manufactured TECHNIC parts.[7] On February 19, 2008, Lego announced that the Lego Group would instead take over operations of the Kladno factory from March 1, 2008.[8] On July 1, 2008, Lego announced their intent to take over plants in Mexico and Hungary and "phase out the existing outsourcing agreement with Flextronics during 2009.

Since it began producing plastic bricks, the Lego Group has released thousands of sets themed around a variety of topics, like the new "Atlantis". Other Examples include town and cityspacerobotspirates, Lego Trains, RacersVikingscastlesBionicledinosaurs, holiday locations, scuba diving and undersea exploration, the wild west, the Arctic, airports and miners.
New elements are often released along with new sets. There are also Lego sets designed to appeal to young girls such as the Belville and Clikits lines which consists of small interlocking parts that are meant to encourage creativity and arts and crafts, much like regular Lego bricks. Belville and Clikit pieces can interlock with regular Lego bricks as decorative elements.
Also the new creation of DesignByMe 3.0, which replaces the Lego Factory name gives people the chance to customize and build their own Lego set, any shape or size. Users can even customize the box that the set comes in.
The one continuity not really touched on by Lego is that of military toys. While there are sets which can be seen to have a military theme, such as Star Wars or the German and Russian soldiers in the Indiana Jones sets, there are no directly military-themed sets in any line. This is following Ole Kirk Christiansen's policy of not wanting to make war seem like child's play.
The Lego range has expanded to encompass accessory motors, gears, lights, sensors, and cameras designed to be used with Lego components. Motors, battery packs, lights and switches are sold under the name Power Functions. The Technics line utilizes newer types of interlocking connections that are still compatible with the older brick type connections. The Technics line can often be motorized with Power Functions.
Bionicle is a line of toys by the Lego Group that is marketed towards those in the 7–16 year-old age range. The line was launched in January 2001 in Europe and June/July 2001 in the United States. The Bionicle idea originated from the earlier toy lines Slizers (also known as Throwbots) and Roboriders. Both of these lines had similar throwing disks and characters based on classical elements. The sets in the Bionicle line have increased in size and flexibility through the years.
The Lego group's Duplo product, introduced in 1969, is a range of simple blocks which measure twice the width, height and depth of standard Lego blocks, and are aimed at younger children.
One of the largest Lego sets ever commercially produced is a minifig-scaled edition of the Star Wars Millennium Falcon. Designed by Jens Kronvold Fredericksen, it was released in 2007 and has 5,195 pieces.[10] It was surpassed by a 5,922-piece model of the Taj Mahal.
Lego Official website.
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AltUse Find - Environmental Benefits of a Rain Water Garden



In today’s modern times, at times we often fail to realize that we are slowly contributing to the depleting situation of our environment. Even the simplest things that we fail to recognize can have a huge impact on the environment over a long period of time. This is only one of the reasons that we must think of innovative ways in order to save ourenvironment from further damage. One way of helping out is simply building a rain water gardenright beside your homes.
It is important to have a sound environment especially in our time when the cities have been filled with concrete walls, buildings, trash and establishments. Moreover, due to these elements, the cities experience more and more pollution as the days go by. More importantly, the waste coming from cities goes through the drainage systems and goes directly to natural lakes and rivers. Such things only make matters worse and if necessary actions are not met, we can say goodbye to the future of our environment.
What is worse is when storms or heavy rains come to the cities and they absolutely do not hold the capacity to hinder the natural effects of these calamities. Oftentimes, the rainfall from these incidents is what drives the waste to be brought to the natural reservoirs of the cities. One way to prevent such things from happening is building a rain water garden right at your homes.
Basically, a rain water garden makes use of the natural rainfall as its source for water. Since it uses the remnants of the rain, you are sure that it is totally safe to the environment. Moreover, you are not only building beautiful scenery for your house but you are also decreasing the chances of the negative effects of excessive rain in the environment.
With a rain water garden present in your homes, the rainfall that naturally goes through the drainage can even be used for nurturing the plants in your garden. Instead of becoming completely useless and harmful, the rain water then becomes an agent in making the environment much healthier. Usually a rain water garden consists of plants that can naturally be planted in the soil even right beside or in front of your house. You do not need any artificial fertilizers or chemicals in order for these plants to grow.
The rain water garden is built in an area where the rainfall coming from your rooftop falls naturally during rain. When rain occurs, the natural thing that happens is that the rainfall accumulates on your roof and gradually falls to its sides. If you have a drainage system on your roof then the water can pass through it and follow the course of gravity after. Since you rainwater garden is built under the spot where the rain falls, the rain can easily go through the concave area that you have created and to the plants that surround it. With soil that is much softer than the usual type, then it would become much easier for it to absorb the water and therefore give it to the plants that it nourishes.
Having a rain water garden is indeed a wonderful idea in helping sustain the environment. You do not need to perform anything artificial; you only need to let nature run its course in the simplest possible way that you can help.