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My White Privilege: How do I move forward? How do I help? How do I do better?

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My White Privilege: How do I move forward? How do I help? How do I do better?

Whilst the struggles against slavery, oppression, bigotry, prejudice and racism has lasted centuries for Black people, my understanding of my own White Privilege has only started fully developing in the past few years - since Brexit and the US 2016 election. The seeds were sown when I went to university in New York, was voted as a Senator for my building and undertook diversity and leadership training. However, my understanding has intensified and deepened over the past couple of weeks. As my understanding of my privilege as a White person has improved, I have struggled with how best to move forward...

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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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Plastic Free Packaging from The Contented Company

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Plastic Free Packaging from The Contented Company

Sending you your eco-friendly items totally plastic free is one of our core values at The Contented Company. Whilst no-one can ever be perfect, making the best possible choice available at every decision. And this is what we do, from the moment your order arrives with us, to when it is on its way. 1. Order received It would be great to go totally paperless, but to ensure that each order contains the correct products, I'm afraid I still need to print packing slips. However, the paper we use is (almost always) recycled, recyclable (of course) and un-bleached. And each...

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6 Reasons to Green Clean

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6 Reasons to Green Clean

You will have seen us talking lots about Green Cleaning online, but what are the reasons to be green cleaning your home? At the highest level, the primary reason to green clean your home is health: both for you and your family, and the environment. An added benefit to green cleaning your home, is that after a little bit of up-front cost, very rapidly it becomes cheaper. We think about pollution at an environmental level, but how many of us have actually questioned the pollution level INSIDE our house, where we can spend up to 90% of our time? And...

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#tbt One from the Archive: Second Time Mum

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#tbt One from the Archive: Second Time Mum

(First published on The Contented Calf Website on Wednesday 28th November 2012.)  Last night I sat in semi darkness, holding a sleeping 7MO in my arms. She’d fallen asleep during her final evening feed. Having only managed a not so grand total 45 minutes sleep at nursery (four pesky top teeth seem to be pushing their way down all at the same time – ouch!), she was a tired little bundle. Although she was completely sparko and had long stopped actually feeding, I just gave myself a few minutes more to enjoy the moment. There’s nothing more glorious than holding...

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