One of the things that a lot of people don't realize is how wasteful and socially unethical fast fashion is. According to the World Watch Institute it takes approximately 2,700 liters of water just to make one cotton t-shirt, correlating to an amount of drinking water that accommodates one person for 900 days. The cotton industry itself is responsible for 24% of the world's insecticide use and 11% of its pesticides. Not only this, it takes on average 10,000 liters of water to produce just one kilogram of cotton. So it is our responsibility to quit fast fashion and support more sustainable and ethical brands. The likes of Adidas, Nike, Uniqlo, Rip Curl, H&M, Cotton On, Primark, Wish and Urban Outfitters (plus many many more) are associated with at least one of the following disastrous social and environmental impacts: 1. The use of toxic chemicals 2. The severe contamination of water used for washing and drinking 3. The failure to care about animal rights - use of animal products for clothing (leather, fur etc.) 4. The use of child and forced labor 5. The violation of labor rights 6. Poor working conditions and unfair wages - prioritizing profits over individual wellbeing's 7. The authorization of unsafe factories 8. Failure to protect the environment and all natural resources The overproduction and overconsumption of cheap disposable clothing is due to the ever present clothing trends present throughout social media, magazines and online articles. Unfortunately a large sum of people succumb to cheap, new and trendy clothing, and therefore ultimately support the conditions in which these fashion brands uphold. Therefore, as consumers we have the opportunity to care more about the environment, how our clothes are made and the people who made them. We can do this by: 1. Buying less - asking ourselves if we really need this new piece of clothing. 2. Buying higher-quality clothing 3. Buying from ethical and sustainable brands - eg. Patagonia, Kathmandu, Pact, NICO, Etiko 4. Avoiding fashion trends 5. Buying secondhand 6. Re-using, repurposing and up-cycling
Ishwantha Kishore Krishnapillai Raveendranathan
I'll say no to plastic cutleries and boxes at restaurants. I've been a big time advocate at home and even among my other communities to reduce the usage of plastic cutleries/straws/food boxes. It is a very small step yet it is also very significant as every little action counts. This is because, plastic cutleries/straws undergo a 'take-make-waste' lifecycle, which means these products end up in landfill very quickly. Even though this cannot be completely reduced immediately, the first step should be to extend the lifecycle of these products. So, this is my small step towards a bigger goal. Thank you.
I aim to volunteer over the summer for food distribution charities and volunteer organisations. I believe its really important that everyone has access to nutritious and healthy food. I hope that I am able to help fight hunger in Australia by promoting the importance of not wasting food, and damage food waste problem has. 1 million tonnes of food waste is sent to landfill every year in Australia by businesses. By rescuing and redistributing this food to help feed the community, we are able to lessen the impact of food wastage that goes into landfill and also help feed the hungry.
The past couple of years, we have been seeing the effect of increased plastic consumption and the damage it does to our environment. Growing up, this was not something that worried me. I am ashamed to say that I was one of the many who never monitored my plastic consumption behaviour. As I got older, I read and watched the adverse effects plastic brings about to our planet. That's when I decided that I needed to do something and I cannot be this ignorant. I have been conscious of my plastic consumption over the last 3 years. Some of my actions are as follows - opting to use metal straws, bringing my own reusable bag to supermarket, investing in KeepCup, using biodegradable plastic bags for trash bin instead of plastic bags. I know that I have much more to learn and change. I am taking this pledge to be more conscious of my plastic consumption and encourage everyone around me to be more mindful of their plastic consumption.
Miqdad M Wakeel
I am an Honours student studying Biomedical Sciences. Through the years of my study, I have used the public transport to reduce my fossil fuel footprint. This is despite the fact that I can drive to and from the university. According to the United Nations' twitter page, we can cut the carbon dioxide emission in the cities by up to 50% if we switch from cars to buses. I want to play my part and advocate this to my friends, family and relatives. I have implemented this action and plan to maintain this throughout my studies and career. I recommend catching the public transport or using other modes of transport such as bicycles or car pooling so that we could play our role in reducing the emission of greenhouse gases. The use of public transport, bicycles and walks can also have positive impact on our health and wellbeing.
I put one highlight on my personal Instagram account to raise awareness about a sustainable lifestyle. Remember it is not only important to advocate yourself, but other people too! I am not perfectly zero-waste at this point, but I am trying my best.
I keep a container on my kitchen counter to collect food scraps that I will compost at the end of the day.
I went to SKy High Dandenong and kept the map that I got from my visit. I didn't want to throw it away, so I decided to recycle the paper and made a cute envelope from it! I can now put a birthday card for a friend in it.
Are you aware of underprivileged students who have been left behind during this pandemic and are unable to access the internet for online learning? As part of the growing phase, I realize how important education is and could be a life-changing event for most of us to have a better life for ourselves and our families. I am involved in a volunteering and community-based movement through an inspiring camp in Malaysia to support, empower and inspire underprivileged students. Our hope is to provide a positive impact on the lives of today's youth and to bring out the best of them for the nation.
Asifur Rahman Amit
In underdeveloped country the financing and opportunity for entrepreneurship is very hard. The regional areas where the reach of bank is hard to get and people seeks opportunity to transact money in a easy manner. Mobile banking and fintech could be one way to solve this problem. My idea is to make this steps easy and convenient for those people.
I propagated this beautiful plant from a friend's garden and made a beautiful pot by recycling an empty liquid soap container. I had lots of fun getting creative and made this! There are a lot of things you can do to reuse empty containers from food or beauty products! Be creative.
I know from personal experience, that as an individual you can sometimes feel powerless in the face of climate change. However, an impact can be made from such a simple decision as buying pre-loved items over brand new fast fashion. Whilst fast fashion saves money the costs are felt in the harm it inflicts upon the environment and sweatshop workers. I am deciding to move towards slow, ethical and sustainable fashion and only buy from op-shops or if necessary from brands selling sustainably produced items.
With the global pandemic, there was a rise in digital innovation and an increase usage of technology. The one group that are affected by this would be the elderly due to the lack of understanding of technology. Learning should not be restricted to a certain age group. I pledge to include elderly in our community and educate them on the basic digital and financial literacy to gain control over their finances and work. I would learn the right way to educate elderly and others on this and hope to one day extend it to all people regardless of age, gender or race. It would be great to see youths and elderly working alongside and helping each other.