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Contented Company, Contented Earth: Ethical, Sustainable & Climate Friendly Small Business

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Contented Company, Contented Earth: Ethical, Sustainable & Climate Friendly Small Business

Ethical and Sustainable Living as ethically and sustainably as possible has always been one of my core values. So when I started The Contented Company (and Contented Earth especially), I wanted those values to be at the core of the business too.  Whilst no-one can ever be perfect, making the best possible choice available at every decision is something I don’t take lightly – from choosing which products we stock, to how we handle your order, to how we get it to you, to how we try to have a positive impact on the world as a business. I’d love...

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Climate Activism: without glue, paint or slow-marching

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Climate Activism: without glue, paint or slow-marching

  When you hear the words climate activism, the image that often springs to mind is a protest, often disruptive (though not violent) and with protestors being arrested - and often with members of the general public getting (understandably) frustrated and angry at the disruption caused.        (📷 @just.stopoil)   And although between 64%-75% of us are worried about the climate crisis[i], with this being the definition of climate activism, climate activism remains out of reach.    Some may not agree with the tactics used. Some may not agree with the disruption caused. And many don't want to risk getting...

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Our Flight-Free Family Summer Holiday

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Our Flight-Free Family Summer Holiday

  The distant memory of summer I don't know what the weather's like where you are, but here it's raining steadily and heavily, and our summer holiday seems like a distant memory - especially because we went early on in the school summer break. In terms of going on holiday, over the past few years, as we've come to fully understand the severity of the climate emergency, my husband and I have chosen to fly less and less*. (*side note: I am very much aware that to have the choice and the means to travel for pleasure is an utterly...

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Sometimes I wish I could give up.

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Sometimes I wish I could give up.

  Dear friends, family and followers, Sometimes I wish I could just give up.   And I bet you wish I would too sometimes… ;-)   Give up going on and on (and on) about the climate crisis.   Stop banging on about taking climate action.   Quit posting things on social media that make my friends feel anxious, overwhelmed, panicked, uncomfortable, stressed.   I know I seem always happy, always confident, always positive, but there is part of me that is simply desperate to give up. To just stop. To walk away. To no longer feel the despair, the...

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Seven Simple Ways to Solve the Climate Crisis*

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Seven Simple Ways to Solve the Climate Crisis*

  (* Yes, I know it's a reach, but... if we ALL did these things, then they actually, probably would solve it, just saying... )   The Climate Crisis: it's all TOO much, isn't it?   Sometimes the climate crisis is just too much to face.   Not only the terrifying reality of what we will all face if we do not limit global warming to 1.5'c above industrial levels, but also the question of "what can I do about climate change?"   It feels so complicated.   There seems so MUCH to do. So many options. So many things to change. And so...

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