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SDG 8: Economic growth and employment

Isabella Vecchio's picture

NO FAST FASHION 2021

Australia is the second largest consumer of new textiles after the US and 85% of this ends up at the tip every year. Not only is the fashion industry incredibly wasteful, it is very frequently unethical. Workers are underpaid and commonly children. Working usually 7 days a week, the average day in most manufactory countries is 14-16 hours. On top of that, the working conditions are unsafe leading to over 1000 deaths in the last 10 years. While the perils of fast-fashion are known to most people, the industry still thrives. This upcoming year, i pledge to purchase from zero fast fashion stores. I will buy second-hand and if I must purchase new clothes they will be from transparent, ethical and sustainable brands. My aim with this step is to slow down my wardrobe and fight for the planet and garment workers.

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Dharmoon Bhawani's picture

Zero hunger, zero drought

Drought are recurrent in nature, and often rural communities are affected on a massive scale. This picture tells the story, when rainfall returns it bring smile to the lips of Tharparkar people, and such are the fruits of happiness, if zero hunger prevails and zero droughts are reported by sound public sector policies around the world. (PictureCredit Karonjhar photography , 2020)

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Dhananga Karunanayake's picture

Let's reuse!

I have started to use my own cloth bags (made out of my old clothes) for grocery shopping and it is not your average shopping bag.

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Maria Gabriela Queiroz da Silva's picture

OUT OF PAPER

Every semester (even terms) we consume a lot papers to support our study's needs. These paper can be in the shape of block notes, notebooks, post-its, stick notes, paperwork used in the tutorials and lectures and even readings printing. After each semester, year or after the graduation we just through it at the bin, hopping that the government can recycle for us. However, we can just guarantee the end of all these papers if we know the destiny we are giving to them. That's why I am keen to start to delivery my papers to recycle companies by myself. Also, I am keen to create a campaign ( If Monash does so) that incentives all the students and staffs to delivery their paper stuffs in collection spots through the campuses and Monash could transfer them to a recycling partner. If we wanna change the world, we must start in our yard!. However if this initiative be successful, Monash Uni can even to expand it to schools, encouraging secondary students to do the same. I am totally keen to take this idea 'out the paper'!

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Aimee Clark's picture

NUTRITIOUS FOOD

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.

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Ravisha Wellappuli's picture

Responsible consumption

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.

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Tara Coates's picture

'FRIDGE SURPRISE' MEALS

I will use up all the food in my fridge and pantry before buying more, instead of compulsively ordering uber eats or getting more groceries unnecessarily. This will lead to a reduction in my carbon footprint and overall energy consumption. To aid this, I will do a weekly shop at the markets on Sundays, where I can stock up for the week via a local and sustainable means.

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Aayushi Shah's picture

COMMIT TO SUSTAINABLE FASHION

My goal is to choose clothes that are either second hand, locally made, or made with natural fibers. The fast fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world, and the fibres used in creating most of these clothes release microfibers into our waterways. I would like to choose pre-loved clothing, clothing that is ethical and can prove it's production, or locally made to support the local economy!

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Aayushi Shah's picture

COMMIT TO SUSTAINABLE FASHION

My goal is to choose clothes that are either second hand, locally made, or made with natural fibers. The fast fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world, and the fibres used in creating most of these clothes release microfibers into our waterways. I would like to choose pre-loved clothing, clothing that is ethical and can prove it's production, or locally made to support the local economy!

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Sivakami Valliappan's picture

Encourage recycling!

Sort out recyclable wastes and encourage kids to do so. Let them know the importance of this act and when refund is available for certain products like aluminium cans, then encourage them to volunteer and collect such products and use the raised funds to use for a good cause or contribute to charity. Also if interested: Get involved and join the grassroots movement here: http://victoria.greens.org.au/10c

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Nicholas Barker | 11/01/2020 - 14:08

It's more than just the material costs here, too. If you're avoiding propping up unsustainable industries and practices, there is a 'green capitalist' benefit here too on a "voting with your dollar" level. This isn't necessarily enough, or even close to it, but it is good on an individual level-- if nothing else for your conscience. :)

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