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SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Meghan O'Brien's picture


Growing up with four sisters, our bathroom was a plastic breeding ground! This month, I pledge to transform my bathroom into a plastic-free santuary using the six R's principle. REDUCE: I will aim to reduce my make-up use and only select vegan friendly options with degradable packaging! Tumeric root and beetroot also provide fun, natural make-up alternatives! Also, I will only buy recycled toilet paper and soap that comes without plastic packaging (who gives a crap is a great brand) REUSE: Menstrual cups are an easy, hygeinic alternative to tampons and pads! REPURPOSE: This month, I will repurpose the multitude of bi-carb soda boxes, coconut oil, essential lemongrass oil and jars at my mothers, to make my own toothpaste and deodarant. RECYCLE: I will refill my empty shampoo, conditioner and cleaning product bottles at my local wholefoods with high quality environmentally friendly products! REPLACE: I will swap my toothbrush, floss, and beloved q-tips for compostable bamboo alternatives. REMOVE: This month, I will ditch the razor and embrace my natural, womanly state! What a wonderful way to celebrate femininity and challenge the social structures that try to divide and taint the way we view our whole selves. Plastic pollution is a growing consequence of a post-modern world, embedded in habitual consumption. Individual action is the first step towards a better world, where people and nature are not at odds, but in a self-sustaining cycle that maintains quality over quantity!


HJ Chan's picture

Coffee cup recycle

Promote and supporting community for ensuring coffee cups been better processed and recycled for sustainbility


Gurwinder Dhalla's picture

MOO Hungry

I,ll try not to let waste food dump in the fields so as to reduce green house gas emission. Dumping waste food is the biggest concern of now as approximately 20% of food bought for consumption is wasted i.e., 1 bag of grocery out of 5 bags purchased. Dumped waste food produces methane and other harmful gases which effects the environment. Also every 1 person out of 100 in Australia are living homeless and don't have money to buy food for three times a day. Raising this issue to globalization may help save us, our family, our friends, our loved ones and most of all important our global home OUR EARTH!



yu chen | 02/23/2019 - 13:36

Yep, we should try our best to take our own drink bottle to everywhere.


Tanya Milnes's picture

Consumption with a purpose

I will commit to considering the true environmental and social costs of consumption choices. This may be through simple steps, such as always remembering a reusable coffee cup, bag or drink bottle; to moving towards packaging free products; supporting social businesses, and educating myself on supply chains and businesses values and impact.


Jack Walkinshaw's picture

A Coffee Cup To Remember

Establish a voluntary accreditation where coffee shops at Monash University sign up to be apart of Monash Sustainable Coffee Cup Movement. Whereby 10c of each purchased coffee goes towards research and sourcing of a coffee cup that is biodegradable and recyclable.


Quentin Patrouillard's picture

The REDcycle Program

My first step starting June was joining the REDcycle Program from Coles which i learnt through WOM. At my house, we are 4 students and somehow accumulate around 20 plastic bags a week (4personx5bags). This over a long period adds up to a lot of waste which Coles can collect and recycle it! Massive competitive advantage they have obtained! My contribution and new habit of bringing 80 plastic bags a month back to Coles, can also have impact on others as many have asked me why i was carrying such big bags filled with other bags giving me an responsibility of also increasing awareness.


Hui Dong's picture

Kill the textbooks

Stopping using the paper packs of textbooks. Instead choosing to use the cheaper, lighter and undamaged e-textbook during the study and daily life.


Vivien Yii's picture


It is important to me that I stop supporting unethical industries (such as fossil fuels and tobacco) with my superannuation and bank accounts. I will research my best options, divest my funds, and then make sure to discuss my decisions with my friends and family to encourage them to make the switch too.



Rana House | 03/23/2018 - 02:20



Ritu Bhagat's picture

start a scholarship fund

With being privileged to have access to so many resources, I want to connect with people, and start a scholarship fund which enables students to get higher education or even start a sustainable movement within their home country. I hope I can act as the link and make a difference even in one person's life.


Jasmine Nguyen's picture

Support organic farmers

I buy organic whenever I can because organic food is better for the environment in terms of it being produced with no pesticides.



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