1. 6.27.12

    The Art of Upcycling

    Green living includes reducing, reusing, and recycling. Don’t forget the fourth ‘r’: repurposing. Repurposing, also known as upcycling, is a means of taking something old and making it new again by turning it into something else.

    The term was first coined in the book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, by William McDonough and Michael Braungart. The authors claimed upcycling maintains or improves the quality of material.

    Many of us upcycle out of necessity when we need something in a pinch, but can’t seem to find it.  For instance, we wrap gifts in newspaper or turn an old jar into a cup. But as our awareness to take responsibility for the earth heightens, upcycling turns from a trend to a way of life.

    In fact, one company in Phoenix, AZ, started designing and building prefabricated living spaces out of old shipping containers. Upcycle Living isn’t your average pre-fab home manufacture. These trendy, chic living and workspaces are not only green, but also quite spectacular.

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  2. 5.24.12

    A Planet that Laughs Together

    What do you have to Laugh about these days? Check out this excerpt from LesserEvil Life.

    Courtesy of Qamar

    “The first Sunday of every May is World Laughter Day. Created in 1988 by Dr. Madan Kataria, this celebration is intended to evoke global consciousness of friendship and unity through laughter.

    Dr. Kataria popularized the Laughter Yoga Movement and now has over 6,000 Laughter Clubs around the world. The idea behind the Laughter Movement is to release endorphins (feel good hormones) through a good chortle, causing a sense of relaxation and happiness. It brings hope that everyone in the world all tee-hees together, we will achieve world peace.

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  3. 5.24.12

    5 Tips for Traveling with Autistic Children

    As a partner with Autism Speaks, we recognize the challenges of raising children with Special Needs, particularly those with Autism. Here is a brief article from LesserEvil Life that gives some tips to make traveling a little less of an impossible task for those of you supporting Autistic children.

    “Waiting in line at the airport, driving for hours in a car, sitting in restaurants, and sleeping in unfamiliar bed can disrupt any child’s life.

    Courtesy of DMJarvey

    But, for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder traveling can completely unravel them if not prepared. Autistic children thrive on routine, so a break from the day-to-day that many find relaxing may be completely unnerving in their eyes.

    To make your summer travel more enjoyable, we discovered 5 useful tips for vacationing with autistic children.

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