The fast-paced world we live in today can easily tempt us with convenient unhealthy food options for busy people on the go. Appealing advertising and cheap prices often persuade people, especially students, into thinking that they are not as unhealthy as they seem. I pledge to reduce my purchasing of processed foods and focus on healthy fruits and vegetables as well as reducing my meat consumption. This positive change in diet will not only benefit my health and wellbeing but my overall impact on the environment. I will try to purchase from local stores and markets as much as possible to support their economic growth. I will aim to educate myself on healthy food options and ways to communicate what I have learnt to others.
Living in a world of high carbon emissions, fast fashion and accumulating waste can be exhausting! I pledge to start making a bigger impact on my lifestyle by adopting carbon reducing techniques. I will utilise public transport more as an alternative to driving my car as it is a lot more accessible than we think and can be seen as another social opportunity when catching the bus/train with friends. I plan to not purchase any new items (clothes, books, homewares etc) that are not essential this year to reduce the popularisation of fast fashion and encourage a 'swap culture' where I share items with friends. If I do have to make a purchase, I will chose to invest in items that will last longer despite being more expensive as they are more environmentally friendly alternatives. These small changes will ensure I can become a responsible consumer in this fast-paced world.
Despite being well aware of the impacts of single use plastic, I often find myself in situations using these items due to convenience and simply being stuck in old ways. Living in a household with three other people who share the task of grocery runs and preparing meals, it can be difficult to have a unified approach in plastic usage. I pledge to consciously reduce the use of excessive plastic individually and as a household by refusing to use plastic bags when purchasing items and bringing reusable bags with me. I will endeavour to use reusable containers when storing food and stop using zip lock bags and cling wrap. I will invest in a reusable straw, cutlery, drink bottle and keep cup and get into a routine of bringing them in my bag everywhere I go. I believe these small, inexpensive changes to my lifestyle will create a big impact by reducing the amount of single use plastic polluting our environment and going to landfill.
I gave up coffee because coffee beans require a lot of water to grow and the coffee beans are processed using a lot water which is called the 'wet process'. Also, coffee pods are very unhealthy to the environment since they're made out of plastic and aluminium. As a substitute, I started drinking organic. Since it's organic there's less harm in the disposal process and no chemicals are used.
I try to consume products that are made in Australia simply because they have less carbon footprints because their supply chains are shorter. This also encourages production in Australia boosting the local economy.
My mum and I have recently invested in a worm farm and compost bin, to recycle our family's food scraps and other organic wastes that turn into natural fertiliser products for our veggie garden. I pledge to continue collecting my family's scraps for this purpose, to achieve food waste sustainability.
I have started collecting coffee cups off the street and that my family uses so that they can be recycled through the Simply Cups initiative at 7/11 stores. I have also started consuming all my take-away coffees in a Keep Cup.
I have started collected all soft-plastic packaging my family uses and have been taking them to Coles REDcycle recycling bins to recycle them. To reduce my overall plastic consumption, I have also started to wrap my foods in Beeswax wraps.
I have heard a lot about recycling and I regularly recycle, but I realised I might be doing it wrong! For my one step, I want to be clearer about what I can and can't recycle in my council. I am going to read the specific guidelines and resources created by my council. My early actions will save someone else a lot of time later on, and there is always more I can learn about this topic. Educating yourself inspires others to learn too.
Instead of using the dryer after washing my clothes, I can use my clothes horse to let the clothes air dry. By having an indoor clothes horse, I do not need to worry if it rains as my clothes will be okay :) For the next 2 weeks, I don't plan on using the dryer at all.
The world today involves excess consumption of almost everything except that which is good for us. In this day and age when you want something you get it within a short period of time and you end up wanting more. We can no longer live like this. The populations are growing and manufacturing is expanding to match the increased demand. An increase in consumption and manufacturing has reflected in the increase of Green House Emissions and the rapid advance of Global Warming. My pledge is to reduce the amount of meats I consume, especially red meats, and also packaged food which contribute to the waste in our ecosystems. The food industry is responsible for a quarter of the greenhouse gas emissions and of these, red meats produce the most such as beef, lamb and mutton and pork.
There is no doubt that recycling is a critical step to achieve a sustainable circular economy. However, we tend to focus only on this practice, ignoring the importance of reducing our consumption levels. It is for this reason that I commit myself to reduce the number of unsustainable products I use on a regular basis by replacing them with non-disposable items. This includes stopping using disposable cutlery, plastic bottles, plastic bags, plastic containers, etc.
Hello, as an International Business student I have learned the influence consumer dollars have on corporations and their decision-making. With this in mind my one step is to make the transition to sustainably sourced goods rather than those not. Hopefully with enough people buying sustainably sourced goods over alternatives, this can make the demand for ethical sourcing more prominent to key business leaders.
I pledge to reduce my household (of 7 people strong) consumption of unsustainable products and to properly dispose of household waste. I plan to do this through: (1) Reducing purchases of products with plastic packaging (I have been bulk buying dry food using reusable storage containers, buying fresh produce with reusable bags and using keep cups and drink bottles to eliminate single-use plastic waste) (2) Minimising meat and diary consumption - eating plant based (less plastic packaging wasted on a higher vegetable diet and healthier) (3) Buying second hand clothes to reduce fast fashion consumption (4) Reusing and repurposing resources that would otherwise be discard (I have learnt to sow to fix or repurpose old clothes and have been reusing old milk cartoons and egg cartoons for planting vegetables) (5) Compost old scraps, recycle and utilise RedCycle when necessary to reduce landfill waste (6) Grow my own produce (especially produce that is difficult to buy with plastic free packing) Through implementing these steps my family has already seen the impact it has made on our weekly landfill waste! We are excited to continue to reduce our household rubbish and live a more sustainable lifestyle! I hope to reduce our landfill rubbish by half by the end of this year. This image is of my most recent bulk foods shopping haul where I filled my repurposed containers with olive oil, shampoo, conditioner, oats, rice, peanut butter, flour and, cocoa and the blue bottle is homemade almond milk!