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SDG 15: Protect ecosystems, forests and biodiversity loss

Sewah Helen Mok's picture

BEING A CONSCIOUS CONSUMER

It’s so easy to just say yes to a little bit of convenience here and there, even if it means it’s creating damage to our environment. I’m a huge sucker for a good milk tea and anything to avoid cooking at home. From single-used plastic straws to takeaway food that is so unnecessarily over-packaged, the issue is on the inefficiency of resources and the whole waste issue. I want to be a more conscious consumer and make sure what I am purchasing accounts for my impact. Can I reduce the waste I’m producing by maybe avoiding having the choice in the first place? My pledge: (1.) I want to stop using single-use plastics (2.) Continue meal-preparing at the start of the week or eat at the restaurant to avoid take-away (3.) Collect and recycle soft-plastics (3.) Keep learning about how my lifestyle choices makes an impact

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Charlie Deng's picture

Solar Powered Robot

Many people may not aware that Australia burns a staggering amount of fossil fuel on grass cutting every year. Each lawn mower emits the same amount of greenhouse gases of 40 cars. We all love our lawns, but it is about time for us to consider clean energy lawn mowers. While solar panels are becoming more assessable and AI robotics technologies are maturing. I pledge to apply my engineering and business knowledge to develop a solar powered autonomous grass cutting robot, along with my student-run robotics team. Supporting sustainability through innovation.

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Arihant Jain's picture

Break Up with plastic bags

I will always carry a couple of tote bags in my backpack so that I don't have to take a new plastic bag when purchasing groceries.

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Joseph Lew's picture

Hydrate the world

As an avid gardener, I've noticed that I use a huge amount of water weekly. I've decided to minimise my water usage by collecting and recycling rainwater & old water from my pets for horticultural use.

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Emma Tkalcevic's picture

End plastic cutlery

This year I will take a step to never use plastic cutlery (and hopefully never again). This one small thing can easily be achieved by keeping a piece of cutlery in your back, and asking for no plastic when using your food. It will also influence my friends around me when they see me using my own cutlery, and I cant talk to them about it too.

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Sakshi Chawla's picture

brag the bag!

By carrying a reusable bag with me at all times, I aim to ensure that all my groceries are purchased without any need for plastic bags.

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Isabelle Nguyen's picture

fashion more slowly

I pledge to stop buying from fast fashion retailers. The textile/fashion industry is the second largest polluting industry in the world. I pledge to buy second hand and when buying new, to always think carefully about my purchases (if I don't think I will wear it more than 30 times, I won't be buying it!)

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Fan Fan's picture

protect Koala habitat

I would like to read more books about how to protect koalas

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Changnong Tan | 03/04/2019 - 22:32

I do the same!

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Arnhie San Juan's picture

Bye Bye single use Plastics

I vow to not buy products that are wrapped in single use plastics and spread the word to my networks. With current products , I will replace to reusable ones. e.g. Bamboo toothbrushes instead of plastic ones.

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Kate Jeans's picture

Becoming an informed consumer

Many of us don't think about the process products undergo from production to consumption. While we generally have good intentions and don’t deliberately buy unethically, individuals tend to be constrained by convenience, habit of picking our favourite brands and lacking the motivation or time to inform ourselves. I want to use my power as a consumer to ensure I am informed about the choices I am making. To narrow this down I will focus on two areas. Firstly, I will ensure the makeup and hair products I buy are cruelty free. Secondly, I will focus on researching and becoming aware of products that include unsustainable palm oil, and reframe from buying these products. Palm oil is the largest source of vegetable oil, with its expansion causing extreme deforestation in Borneo and Sumatra, endangering animals such as the Orangutang, as well as contributing to climate change.

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