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SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production

Elysee Lee's picture

Sustainable clothing

Shop second hand as much as possible. When buying new, buy from sustainable and ethical (not greenwashed!) brands.


Dechen Tenzing's picture

The Art of sustainability

I love art, and I am keenly aware of the need to get the world on a path towards sustainability. I intend to hold an online art exhibition atleast by the end of the year. I have some ideas...will be exploring more in the summer break! The point being..we need to show and help everyone understand the unsustainability of life as "usual". In fact our lifestyles are highly unusual from even 40 years ago! Where did we go wrong, how can we wake up everyone from the state of what I would call a zombiefied existence of consumption? How do we "educate, agitate and organise" people in engaging and a relevant manner? Those are the thoughts that constantly drive me. [Photo by James Garman on Unsplash]


Christian Lim's picture


People are often ignorant of how much we rely on the life and resources of the natural world to sustain our lifestyles. And even worse is how people overlook the long term impacts of their negligent actions on the world. If I wish to inspire others or hold them accountable, I must work on my actions first. For this, I will pick up trash I see when I go on walks as well as selecting more ethically and fairly sourced products to ensure no people or creatures are unnecessarily harmed or put at risk.


Yerusalem Azage's picture


Coffee is a daily fixture in a majority of our lives. Especially living in Melbourne, cafes and brunch spots are an almost daily visit. The use of paper coffee cups means that there is more waste and it has detrimental effects on the environment due to the fact that it is usually unable to be recycled properly due to the plastic and liquid inside. By ensuring that the excessive reliance on paper coffee cups is dealt with, we are able to fight pollution and the excess production of CO2.


Kathleen Turnbull's picture

No new clothes 2021

Fast fashion contributes 8% of the world's carbon emissions, uses 10-20% of the world's pesticides, perpetuates gender inequality and labour rights abuses, and largely ends up in landfill. I am currently learning to sew, so that in 2021, I can go all year without making a new clothing purchase.


Inna Wilson's picture


To align with Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns, I will be using a menstrual cup every cycle leaving the single use tampons and pads behind. My goal is to not use a single disposable hygiene product for a year. This cup is washable and lasts 10 years! Given that women make up half of our population and on average require 7 tampons per cycle per month, switching to this alternative promotes reuse and significantly reduces landfill!


Maxine Yap's picture

life360:Towards zero waste

This year, I pledge to make the change from energy providers that don't supply clean energy, to an energy company like Amber or Powershop, which does. I'm hoping that this will reduce my carbon footprint at least at home. Furthermore, will also be conscious of the products that I buy, and if it comes in plastic, and there is an alternative, I will say no. The redcycle program is something I am already a part of, and I want to spread the word and make sure everyone is aware of it, and that they too can make a difference just by bringing in those plastics back to Coles or Woolies. I also have already pledged to make the change to bar shampoos instead of bottles, to reduce the plastic on that front. Lastly, I want to support more businesses which help the environment, where they plant trees, or remove plastic for each product sold.


Phoebe Williams's picture

Reduce sharehouse comsumption

With the current pandemic meaning more time spent at home, I have become increasingly aware of the overconsumptive behaviours that myself and my friends engage in. In our share house of four there is an excess of food wastes, rubbish and goods. This has caused me to reflect on our actions and encourage myself and friends to do better together. This has included introducing a compost/food waste bin which will be used for our food scraps. I have also encouraged group meals 1-2 times a week so that we can get through our food together and ensure that there is less waste. In addition, we have begun collaborating when doing our shoppping to ensure that we are buying in bulk what we all use - this directly reduces plastic/wrapping waste. Furthermore, I have been actively trying to educate myself, and others on the impacts that our consumption is having and how small changes can be very beneficial. I aim to introduce more sustainable food wraps and containers. As well as ensuring we are educated on the recycling practices and procedures.


Claudia Shen's picture

Composting food scraps

All organic kitchen scraps are going in the compost bin! With the increased cooking done at home, I noticed that there has been more and more food scraps going into the rubbish bin rather than to be composted to be used for our garden. I hope to promote the benefits of composting for growing your own delicious veggies and fruits in your backyard and supporting our local ecosystem!


Jade Guitera's picture

Shopping local

Recently, I have made the shift to vegetarianism to help reduce the carbon footprint of my food. However, it is often the food miles of what we put in our plate that contribute the most to carbon emissions. Melbourne is full of fresh fruit and vegetable markets as well as local bakeries. Finding and shopping at a local markets - especially if they are accessible by foot, bicycle or other non-polluting means of transport - will not only help to reduce food miles but also encourage me to eat more healthily, buy fruit and veg that are in season, and reduce packaging involved with industrial food processing. Though less convenient than driving to my usual supermarket for a grocery run, shopping locally can make a big environmental difference if we all adopt it as a habit and, who knows, could also bind us closer as neighbourhoods and communities!



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