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Pro-Tips for buying a Thank You Teacher gift...

School's (nearly) out for summer and now comes the inevitable searching for gifts for your child's teacher... but STOP! I used to be a teaching assistant in a wonderful primary school, and I've got some insider knowledge from the staffroom for you: your child's teacher does not want another 'best teacher' mug...true fact! They are likely to get around 30 of these each year...with the best will in the world, there is just not enough space! So save your money and the planet's resources by following this pro-tip: All a teacher or teaching assistant really wants is a Thank You card that's been hand-written by your child. That's it! I've still got a drawer-full of all the cards I've been...

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I've deleted my Amazon account and here are some reasons why.

For a long time I haven't been using Amazon and last week I finally deleted my account fully and requested a deletion of my details. And here are some of my reasons why: Amazon's treatment of their workers: Amazon are continually coming under attack regarding their treatment of their workers. The fact that Amazon oppose trade-unions should ring alarm bells as a consumer or an employee. Why would a company fear a trade-union (which is a collection or group that aims to protect worker's rights) unless they do not have their worker's interests at heart? Right?! The BBC did an undercover report at Amazon's delivery depot in Avonmouth U.K. in November 2016 and found that after deductions, including van hire...

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It's Easy Being Green

Contrary to what Kermit says, it actually IS easy being green. Let me show you how. A few years ago I slumped down on my sofa after having a rubbish day at work (before I worked totally for myself), and I needed cheering up. So I put on a nature programme. But NO! This nature programme was horror-filled! It was investigating deaths in an albatross colony, looking at the little decomposed carcasses of albatross chicks and discovering that masses of household plastic was the cause. It was horrifying. They lined it all up and I was disgusted to see household things that I used every day had been fed to the chicks: toothbrushes, printer cartridges, golf balls. It was at...

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Eco-Friendly Way's To Thank Your Child's Teacher This Year

The end of the school year brings with it a whole range of emotions, not to mention a range of gifts for the teachers and teaching assistants. But do we ever stop to think about the environmental cost of those gifts? I used to be a teaching assistant in a primary school. When I was starting to go zero-waste, the end of the school year posed particular problems. Many of the gifts were plastic or plastic-wrapped, and were things I was trying to cut out of my life. But on the flip side they were also a heart-felt, so I respectfully took them and usually donated them to the charity shops. But when I started Embers and Ink, it got...

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