What Is Monero?

Monero is an open-source cryptocurrency project with better security and privacy than most virtual currencies. It’s designed to give everyone the power to control their finances without government and financial agency oversight. The cryptographical techniques adopted ensures that a spy has zero knowledge of your transactions.

Who created Monero?

Monero is largely a community project with no single individual behind it. Over 240 specialists, consisting of developers and marketers came together and breathed life into it. However, around 30 developers are known. Anyone can contribute to this network by either   donating  their skills or capital.

Monero doesn’t have a base in any country. Therefore, it could prove hard to shut it down or restrict it from operating in a certain country. However, you shouldn’t be so sure about this as China and South Korea have already proved that any cryptocurrency can be disbanded from operating in certain jurisdictions. China officially banned ICOs from running a couple of months ago.

Monero Security Features

Without a doubt, Monero Blockchain is one of the safest places to transact from. Ethereum and Bitcoin Blockchains are transparent so that anyone can validate the authenticity of a transaction. This means anyone with superb computing skills and resources can easily decode users’ real-world identity. This is extremely revolting as it goes against the main principle behind decentralized projects-obfuscating user’s details.

Monero’s cryptographical techniques mystify the user’s data making it impossible for data sniffers to get anything. The two main security protocols employed are ring signatures and stealth addresses. The former mixes up all the addresses on the network thus making it difficult for an external observer to link a single address to a certain account.

The latter refers to a condition where an address is used for a single transaction only. There can be no single address for two or more transfers. Used addresses are untraceable, and new ones are created during the next deal. In short, all the details relating to the sender, receiver and amount transferred are not open to scrutiny. However, this network is not entirely “shut” as individuals can choose who can see their transactions.

Pros of Monero

• Private, secure, and untraceable

• Scalable with no blockchain limits

• Strong and capable team

• Widely adopted

• Has a plan to incentivize miners to maintain the blockchain even when the supply runs out

• Selectively transparent-you choose who to see your transactions

Cons of Monero

• Has minute levels of centralization

• Not yet widely adopted

The future of Monero

Decentralized technologies are receiving plenty of hype at the moment, and this simply means wide recognition. As the technology gets widely adopted and governments trying to pin user’s down, investors are going to demand for more private-oriented cryptos, and this might just put Monero right at the top spot for picking. This Currency is certainly worth giving a shot.

16 Green Ways to Recycle Old Memory Foam Mattress Toppers

Most memory foam mattress toppers have a lifespan of only 5 years. After that the foam loses the ability to regain shape and gradually start to sag. A lot of people change mattress topper after this period, that means there is quite a bit of waste out there. Instead of increasing your carbon foot prints what can you do something more eco-friendly? The most opted option is to recycle the foam as it can be 100% recycled. Some manufactures also take used toppers, so that’s another way.

But instead of just throwing them away I have some unique ideas that will convert your old memory foam mattress topper into something completely new and eco-friendly.

1. Stuffing for toys

Why not? They make an excellent stuffing material for toys. Cut them into small pieces and use them to stuff toys for your kids. Also you can make toys out of them and even sell on eBay or Etsy!

2. Bean bags

A bean bag can be made more comfortable by filling half of it with pieces of memory foam. Or you can sew a new bag and fill it completely with foam pieces, this will give quite a decoration for your living room.

3.   Donate 

 Donate  them to the homeless or shelter homes. Many of them do not have enough beds to accommodate homeless people,  donating  to them would be a good thing you do for the society.

4. Car seat pads

You can cut the foam and use it as padding for car seats. They can also be wrapped in fabric or leather and used as head support.

5. Wheel chair pads

Resize and give them to a person on wheel chair. They can be used as padding and help the person sit more comfortably.

6. Halloween costume

Your old memory foam topper can come handy during Halloween. A lot of costumes require bulges and this is an excellent choice for that.

7. Cushions for hardwood chairs

Not comfortable sitting on your hardwood chair? Make some cushions out of your ‘to be disposed’ topper.

8. Stuffing for pillows

They can be used to make pillows for your kids and pets. Cut them into small pieces and stuff them inside the pillow.

9. Dishwashing sponges

We use hundreds of sponges a year. Why not cut your topper into square pieces and use them as dishwashing sponges. That is a lot better than just throwing them away.

10. Sell on Craigslist

OK, this is not a DIY project. But definitely I have seen people selling and buying old mattress toppers on Craigslist, may be for their own DIY projects.

11. Floor cushions

Cut them into large square pieces and cover them with decorative fabrics. They will make great floor cushions.

12. Pet bed

I wonder why people often forget this. This is an excellent idea to reuse your old topper. Cut it and make a bed for your lovely pet. Cover it with a waterproof cover, the foam doesn’t go well with pee.

13. Headboard

It is an excellent material to be used as padding for a headboard. If you were longing for a headboard for your bed then this is the right time to get one.

14. Use as an outdoor day bed

Use it on a day bed in your garden or patio.

15. Packing, moving material

They can be used to keep things intact while packing and moving. Vacuum storage bags are a good way to keep them stored till needed.

16. Gardening knee cushion

Gardening is an excellent hobby but all that sowing and weeding can be a little tough on your knees. Your old topper will be an excellent choice to make a home-made knee cushion.

What’s the Big Deal With Defining Social Enterprise?

It’s no secret. When it comes to defining social enterprise, things can get confusing quickly.

For starters, are we talking about a mega non-profit that’s been around for 100 years, like Goodwill? Or a new tech start-up selling a life-altering soccer ball that can generate energy for an entire rural village? What about the coffee shop on the corner that only sources fairly traded, pesticide-free coffee beans and   donates  profits to local charities?

The answer is: Yes, Yes, and Yes – a social enterprise can be all of the above.

Two Necessary Pieces to the Puzzle

There’s been a lot of back and forth recently on the definition of a social enterprise. And rightly so. For example, if both non-profit organizations and for-profit businesses can be called social enterprise, does that mean any venture with social value qualifies? (No.) And wouldn’t that undervalue what social change is all about and render the term meaningless? (Yes.)

The truth is, there are two pieces to the puzzle that must be in place for the label to fit.

Piece #1: There is a social and/or environmental mission at the core of what the organization or business does. Social impact is prioritized as much as economic return – in fact, solving social problems is the reason for that organization’s existence. That’s the “WHY” of the business.

Piece #2: A service or product is sold for a profit to sustain the work and further the social mission. That’s the “HOW” of the business.

That tricky word “social” – and the dangers of social washing

Maybe now you can start to see what the big deal is all about. Having a firm yet flexible definition makes it clear just what social enterprise is and leaves space for an astounding variety of them to grow.

The use of the word “social” contributes to some of the confusion. Imagine a non-profit that offers vocational training for the disabled – but relies solely on donations and grants to do so. That non-profit is definitely serving a social mission. But it is not a social enterprise because there is no service or product sold at a price to sustain their efforts.

And what about traditional businesses like Target  donating  5 percent of profits to environmental or educational initiatives? Again, we’re all for seeing corporations acknowledge their social and environmental impact. But Target exists to be a profitable big box retailer. It wants to sell clothes, toys, and fun stuff from the dollar bins – not for social impact, but to maximize return for shareholders.

And that brings us to the “WHO.”

Choosing the right business model for your social enterprise

Defining social enterprise brings clarity about who it actually benefits. The “Who” of social enterprise usually shows up in one of the following ways:

  • Hiring practices – intentionally hiring people related to the social mission you’re on.
  • Conscious sourcing – remember that local corner coffee shop? It captures the who by making sure its beans were harvested by farmers with fair labor conditions and compensation.
  • The actual product or service – think back to that soccer ball. It’s meant to benefit families who need ready and reliable light to read, cook and play by.
  • Profit-sharing – the profits from that product or service are shared with organizations, communities, and people you care about.

What’s exciting is that these aspects refine the definition but leave a lot of room for the ways a social enterprise can organize and operate.

Towards a mission-driven economy

The truth is we care about defining social enterprise because we believe it’s about more than changing one organization. It’s about marrying what’s best in social and environmental causes with what’s best in business.

Supporting social enterprises is part of changing from a marketplace with only financial values at its core to a market that creates social, environmental, and economic benefit for all.

That means social enterprise is not just business as usual. (And that’s a big deal!)

Bedroom Closet Organization

If you are like a lot of people, your bedroom closet has become a black hole of possessions that seem to multiply exponentially as time goes on. Inaccessible, unorganized closets cause stress and lost time locating the right clothes, shoes and accessories to wear each day. But what if your closet could be transformed into a convenient, pleasant storage space that saves you time and headaches? Luckily it can, with the right attitude, some time and the inspiration to once and for all let go of clothes that no longer fit and that hockey stick from ninth grade.

The best way to begin the journey to accessibility is to remove everything from your closet. Everything! Seeing your empty closet space will help you rethink your previous “organization” scheme and comprehend the space you have to work with. Starting with a clean slate will also inspire you not to stop organizing until the task is complete.

The next step is to go through every single item you removed from the closet and categorize. Designate a bin or box for each of these categories: items to toss, items to   donate , items to sell and items to keep. Now comes the hard part, being honest with yourself about the functionality of your belongings and parting ways with the useless ones.

Clothes, shoes, and other items that would no longer be useful to anyone should go directly into the box for items to toss. Clothes that are falling apart, have holes or excessive stains are good candidates for throwing away. But do not toss anything simply because you are tired of it, it is ugly or it is no longer in style. Any clothes in wearable condition can be  donated  to Goodwill or another credible foundation.  Donating  to Goodwill will help those less fortunate and is likely to be tax deductible for you.

Some of your clothes are probably in good enough condition to sell at a consignment store. Sweaters, suits and dresses in good condition are probably the best candidates for consignment, but many types of clothing items can likely be consigned for extra cash. You may opt to bring all of your unusable clothing to a consignment store for an assessment, sell what you can and  donate  the excess.

Finally, be conscientious about the items you keep. Keeping clothes that you do not wear wastes valuable storage space that should be designated for your functional wardrobe. Only keep clothes and shoes that fit, that are in good condition and that you still wear. Keeping unworn clothes for nostalgia or because they were expensive does not benefit anyone. If you have not worn or used an item in a year or more, it is likely taking up valuable real estate that should be reserved for items you need to access regularly.

While purging a closet and reorganizing can seem like a monstrous task, taking one step at a time to organize the right way will pay off greatly in saved time and headaches in the long run.