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SDG 14: Sustainable oceans

Claire Brace's picture

No more disposables!

While I am already an avid user of my Keep Cup and re-usable water bottle at uni, I would like to take this commitment one step further. Waste is such a huge problem in Australia (especially with all the take-away coffee lovers in Melbourne!) and I'm not sure that just recycling what we can is enough. So I am saying no to disposable food and drink containers, and no to plastic bags! I will only use my reusable Keep Cup, drink bottle, lunch box, and shopping bags :) Here's to approaching zero waste!

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Costanza Rivarossa | 08/21/2017 - 16:37

I wish I had a garden, i only have a little balcony =(. However, I do have biodegradable rubbish bags that I use for the food scraps, and where I live there is a local compost garden! Also, I work at a shop where we sell compost bins that allow the air flow and therefore reduce the bed smells in the kitchen, if you want to check it out let me know I'll give you details!

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Ruby McMinn's picture

vego for life

Last year in the Take One Step Program, I committed to Vegtember, a month of being vegetarian, and since then I decided to only eat fish for a while, but learnt about how depleted our oceans have become so since the start of this year I have committed to not eating meat! It is still a challenge for me who loves meat and seafood, yet the thought of eating it anymore only makes me think of the huge impact the meat industry has on the land, oceans and climate which is much more important than 5 minutes of satisfaction for myself!

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Phillipa Schliebs's picture

Banish soft plastics

I am ready to cut plastics out of my life, starting with soft plastics. I already recycle soft and hard plastics, but I know that not using it in the first place is a far better option. I will need to be a more conscious shopper and take the time to go to farmers markets and wholesale grocers. I'll also need to be prepared to pay a bit more for quality items that.

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simone pianko's picture

pescatarian to vegetarian

I am currently a pescatarian and would like to cut down on my fish intake to eventually be a vegetarian.

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Sharlene Chandra's picture

reducing food consumption

The Western diet tends to be a diet of over-consumption! The World is producing enough food and food wastage in Australia is high but millions of people in the world are starving. I aim to reduce my food wastage by only buying and consuming what is necessary. It is important to now waste any food. I also aim to buy products where there is little packaging and products that are not destroying the environment (such as palm oil). I know this step is not for everyone but i have made the decision to go vegetarian as it is more sustainable than commercial farming! If going vegetarian is not for you- at least try to reduce food wastage by eating only what you need!

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Ruby McMinn's picture

Vegtember!

It's day twenty of Vegtember, and I have decide to stop eating meat this month, and hopefully be able continue into the future as a result of the impact agriculture has had on our environment and its contribution to global warming. The way humans are currently eating is not sustainable for our planet and increasing population.

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David Robertson | 09/20/2016 - 10:02

Nice Step! How do you plan to adjust your diet - I have tried to reduce my meat consumption and I actually had to learn to cook a lot better...

Ruby McMinn | 10/04/2016 - 22:10

Eating a pescetarian diet for a couple of weeks helped me transition first, and as a meat lover it was very hard at first but having two vegetarian room mates really helped me stay on track and once you learn some vegetarian recipes you realise how much more colourful and flavoursome they are than meat based dishes!

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Georgina Knight's picture

Be a conscious consumer

Be conscious of what you're eating, where your food comes from and how it's impacting the environment.

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David Robertson | 09/20/2016 - 10:00

I find this can be really tricky to adhere to - have you been able to find out much about your food's history? It can be very complex...

Georgina Knight | 09/23/2016 - 16:51

It can be really tricky! You need to factor in shipping and travel contributions, especially for internationally imported foods! But shopping local and organic always helps, not only helps the environment but the community too!

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Evelyn Franes's picture

nude food challenge

Whenever possible, stop purchasing and taking pre-packaged food to uni/work, and opt for food in reusable containers instead.

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David Robertson | 09/20/2016 - 10:07

Great to see your progress - have you been able to keep the habit up?

Evelyn Franes | 10/02/2016 - 18:57

Hi David, I have! I've been meal planning at home so that I don't feel the need to purchase pre-packaged food throughout the day, I highly recommend it!

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Eleanor Jackson's picture

No Plastic bags or bottles

Try as I might, I can't believe I still take plastic bottles at functions or plastic bags at shopping. Time to stop on the plastic!

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Mulat Abera Mulat's picture

No more Plastic

Let it be recycling, planting trees I will ensure that I contribute more to conserve, less to landfill. I will strive to ensure that there will be enough resources for evergrowing new generations. I have been given the privilege to consume without any struggle. The future generation should also be given the same opportunity.

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