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Climate Justice: Fighting to solve the climate crisis and racial inequality

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Climate Justice: Fighting to solve the climate crisis and racial inequality

Black History Month       October is Black History Month in the UK. (It is February in the US.) It was first launched in London in the 1980s, with the aim the local community challenging racism and educating themselves and others about the British history that was not taught in schools, and to recognise the contributions that many generations of people of African and Caribbean backgrounds have made to the UK.[i]  With this is mind, I didn’t want to let October pass without acknowledging Black History Month. And as The Contented Company is focussed on the environment and how...

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3 Quick Tips on Transitioning to Non-Dairy Milk

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3 Quick Tips on Transitioning to Non-Dairy Milk

1. Try lots of different milks I've settled on oat milk as I find the consistency (and taste) most similar to dairy milk. But others love Soy, Almond, sweetened, unsweetened. Have a play around to find what you taste buds like.🥛 2. Transition your (and your family's) tastebuds slowly. It DOES taste different. What I did was start by using 3:1 parts dairy to non dairy milk - in my coffee, on my cereal, in béchamel sauces, and slowly change the ratio. I'm now at 100% non-dairy most of the time, or at least 1:3 dairy:non-dairy. With this increase of...

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Life After Lockdown: Will The Environment Be Better Off?

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Life After Lockdown: Will The Environment Be Better Off?

Covid 19 - Humans 0 : Environment 1 Alongside the devastation of the Covid 19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns – sickness, death, loss, isolation, anxiety, depression and economic uncertainty, we have all seen the good news stories of environment recovery. Crystal clear waters in Venice. Turtles hatching from their eggs in peace and successfully making it into the sea in enormous numbers in India, Brazil, Florida and many other places.  Dramatic photos of clean air in places which have only known smog for decades have been circulating the internet.  Delhi The Himalays   Los Angeles And closer to home, Goats...

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Reducing My Family's Carbon Footprint: Our Carbon ‘Foodprint’

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Reducing My Family's Carbon Footprint: Our Carbon ‘Foodprint’

As you are probably aware, I am looking at ways for our family to reduce our carbon footprint. The first area I looked at was our upcoming car change and whether we could improve our carbon footprint in that area. But another area we are also looking at in tandem with this, is changing our diet to help reduce our carbon footprint.   The impact of food on our family’s carbon footprint Depending on which study you look at, the production of food and drink makes up around 15-25% of the total greenhouse gas emissions for the UK – that’s...

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Reducing My Family's Carbon Footprint: Our Car - EV vs PHEV: Assessing the Carbon Cost

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Reducing My Family's Carbon Footprint: Our Car - EV vs PHEV: Assessing the Carbon Cost

As you know, we are in the process of working out what the best car is for our family, and for the planet. We need to make sure that the car works for how we use it, but also helps our family reduce our carbon footprint so that we can help contribute to tackling climate change.

We currently have a hybrid car, but our lease is coming to an end at the end of the year and we want to make the most environmentally friendly decision as to what to get next, especially as ideally we want to keep this car for as long as possible (ten or more years…?) The main decision to make is: full electric car (EV) or plug-in hybrid (PHEV)?

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