My 'Take One Step' for this year is to try not to buy any new consumer items including clothes, household objects, books or other 'want' things in an effort to reduce my consumer footprint. This means shopping more at op shops and buying second hand. Cheers!
Hello everyone. This is my very first post on #takeonestep platform and I’m on my way to go back to my hometown. As I travel around Japan, I would like to have Zero Waste Travel Challenge by using my reusable products. The situation of plastic wastes in Australia and Japan is quite different. The regulation to charge using plastic bags at grocery stores or convenience stores had postponed by government while lightweight plastic bags in supermarkets is banned in Victoria from 1st of November, 2019. I hope this action and step that I take can build awareness of using reusable products among my family, friends and so on. I will surely enjoy my holiday in Japan in sustainable way.
Me and my teammates are currently creating an app helping drivers book and secure the on-street parking spot in advance and settle the payment online. Not only ParkCar Chill helps driver decrease money loss by setting the parking fine alert system, but also contribute to a smarter city by potentially lowering the traffic jam and pollution. And finally, we can help government to save more human cost by hiring less ticket officer.
After studying a bachelor in marine environmental science I became aware of numerous anthropogenic impacts on the marine ecosystem. One of the current issues is plastic pollution entering into waterways and then into the ocean. For one of our projects, a group of us came up with the concept of PLASTINO. The main aim of this concept was to: 1. Reduce our own personal plastic intake 2. Help others do the same via education 3. Promote better recycling practices
Australian Red-Tailed Black cockatoo is one of the species are going to extinct. In the result of there habitat. In Victoria, every year thousands of trees and especially Gum tree's are used by us to wipe our butts with regular toilet papers. Whereas recycled toilet papers are from 100% post-consumer waste (textbooks and office papers). Recycled toilet papers keep trees in the ground to absorb emissions created from other daily human activities and they protect soil from erosion and they keep our air clean. To help this little guy and the rest of his mate's change your toilet papers into a recycled toilet paper to save his home and make a healthier environment.
Over this past month I have committed to taking 2 days a week to go farmer’s market shopping for my grandparents and their elderly friends. They were previously customers of Coles Online as they are in poor health. My thought behind this initiative was that by taking the time to buy fresh and local for people who couldn’t would therefore increase the amount of local produce bought and subsequently decreasing the consequences which come from the convenience of store bought produce. Buying locally reduces transportation emissions and ingredients are more fresh so when bought directly there is less waste.
I pledge to create and nurture my own veggie patch in my backyard. My aim is to produce nutritious vegetables and vegetable products for my family. I’ll extend this to the local community through vegetable swapping, and by making a share of the produce available to those vulnerable to undernutrition through food drives and contributing to a community kitchen. I will also aim to encourage other Monash students to live more sustainably by raising awareness not only on the value of being more sustainable but also on exactly what kind of actions a person can make to achieve this on both a personal and communal scale. Along with making this personal change and helping others to start their own sustainability journey I also intend to make it more accessible for students to continue growing their influence on sustainability with Monash University.
My first step would be installing a organic disposal at the Uni Residences. To collect food waste from students, which will be composed and mulch and soli that directly into the 'Monash PermaCulture' space. The idea is to reuse and reutilise student's food waste, through to strengthen land for better organics products.
I am committed to ensuring that the Monash University student community is united in working towards the goals. On campus, we have many student groups doing amazing work in the areas of inclusion, environmental protection and social justice yet many of these activities do not make use of the universal language of the SDGs. Through implementing the language that was agreed upon by member nations at the UN, progress is not only discernible and cohesive but it also contributes to a sense of global solidarity towards a sustainable future. I pledge to educate and encourage groups working in these areas to use the framework of the goals and be guided by the targets in each domain to form and strengthen connections with groups and academics on campus. I believe that this is possible through my work as an SDG Coordinator at Monash University in 2019 and hope to be able to both qualify and quantify these changes by the end of the year by uniting current sustainability movements to make use of the international language of the goals.
edward von moger
Throwing fruit and veg scraps away is fine because it will decompose right? WRONG! Food scraps thrown into landfill breakdown at such a slow rate they release enormous amounts of methane, which is roughly 20 times more damaging to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. My one step will be to start composting my scraps, feed my pet worms and keep the earth happy!
1. Reduce the purchase of plastic goods. 2. Reuse cloth/paper/plastic. 3. To buy only recyclable items.
I'd like to start taking a keep cup to uni, I always forget and before long, it's week 12! I read that Australians use 1 million disposable coffee cups each year. That's about 2,700,000 plastic-coated coffee cups thrown out every day! I am passionate about lowering this statistic, and 'if you want to make the world a better place, [you] gotta look at yourself and make a change'.
Recycling is fantastically popular but further than this, you can also take your soft plastics to the supermarket to recyle. I am also collecting food waste in a compost bucket to take to the community gardens composting bin. (photo: 3 weeks worth of soft plastic - reducing my consumption of foods in packaging and trying to source local and from bulk food stores)