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SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production

Nicholas Alexopoulos's picture

stop fast fashion purchases

One of the things that a lot of people don't realize is how wasteful and socially unethical fast fashion is. According to the World Watch Institute it takes approximately 2,700 liters of water just to make one cotton t-shirt, correlating to an amount of drinking water that accommodates one person for 900 days. The cotton industry itself is responsible for 24% of the world's insecticide use and 11% of its pesticides. Not only this, it takes on average 10,000 liters of water to produce just one kilogram of cotton. So it is our responsibility to quit fast fashion and support more sustainable and ethical brands. The likes of Adidas, Nike, Uniqlo, Rip Curl, H&M, Cotton On, Primark, Wish and Urban Outfitters (plus many many more) are associated with at least one of the following disastrous social and environmental impacts: 1. The use of toxic chemicals 2. The severe contamination of water used for washing and drinking 3. The failure to care about animal rights - use of animal products for clothing (leather, fur etc.) 4. The use of child and forced labor 5. The violation of labor rights 6. Poor working conditions and unfair wages - prioritizing profits over individual wellbeing's 7. The authorization of unsafe factories 8. Failure to protect the environment and all natural resources The overproduction and overconsumption of cheap disposable clothing is due to the ever present clothing trends present throughout social media, magazines and online articles. Unfortunately a large sum of people succumb to cheap, new and trendy clothing, and therefore ultimately support the conditions in which these fashion brands uphold. Therefore, as consumers we have the opportunity to care more about the environment, how our clothes are made and the people who made them. We can do this by: 1. Buying less - asking ourselves if we really need this new piece of clothing. 2. Buying higher-quality clothing 3. Buying from ethical and sustainable brands - eg. Patagonia, Kathmandu, Pact, NICO, Etiko 4. Avoiding fashion trends 5. Buying secondhand 6. Re-using, repurposing and up-cycling

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Ishwantha Kishore Krishnapillai Raveendranathan's picture

Say no to plastic cutleries/straws/food boxes

I'll say no to plastic cutleries and boxes at restaurants. I've been a big time advocate at home and even among my other communities to reduce the usage of plastic cutleries/straws/food boxes. It is a very small step yet it is also very significant as every little action counts. This is because, plastic cutleries/straws undergo a 'take-make-waste' lifecycle, which means these products end up in landfill very quickly. Even though this cannot be completely reduced immediately, the first step should be to extend the lifecycle of these products. So, this is my small step towards a bigger goal. Thank you.

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Reshveny Sanmugam's picture

reduce plastic waste

The past couple of years, we have been seeing the effect of increased plastic consumption and the damage it does to our environment. Growing up, this was not something that worried me. I am ashamed to say that I was one of the many who never monitored my plastic consumption behaviour. As I got older, I read and watched the adverse effects plastic brings about to our planet. That's when I decided that I needed to do something and I cannot be this ignorant. I have been conscious of my plastic consumption over the last 3 years. Some of my actions are as follows - opting to use metal straws, bringing my own reusable bag to supermarket, investing in KeepCup, using biodegradable plastic bags for trash bin instead of plastic bags. I know that I have much more to learn and change. I am taking this pledge to be more conscious of my plastic consumption and encourage everyone around me to be more mindful of their plastic consumption.

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Miqdad M Wakeel's picture

Reduce fossil fuel footprint

I am an Honours student studying Biomedical Sciences. Through the years of my study, I have used the public transport to reduce my fossil fuel footprint. This is despite the fact that I can drive to and from the university. According to the United Nations' twitter page, we can cut the carbon dioxide emission in the cities by up to 50% if we switch from cars to buses. I want to play my part and advocate this to my friends, family and relatives. I have implemented this action and plan to maintain this throughout my studies and career. I recommend catching the public transport or using other modes of transport such as bicycles or car pooling so that we could play our role in reducing the emission of greenhouse gases. The use of public transport, bicycles and walks can also have positive impact on our health and wellbeing.

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Shinta Nourma's picture

SUSTAINABILITY ADVOCACY

I put one highlight on my personal Instagram account to raise awareness about a sustainable lifestyle. Remember it is not only important to advocate yourself, but other people too! I am not perfectly zero-waste at this point, but I am trying my best.

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Shinta Nourma's picture

COMPOSTING COOKING SCRAPS

I keep a container on my kitchen counter to collect food scraps that I will compost at the end of the day.

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Shinta Nourma's picture

RECYCLE: ENVELOPE FROM A TOUR MAP

I went to SKy High Dandenong and kept the map that I got from my visit. I didn't want to throw it away, so I decided to recycle the paper and made a cute envelope from it! I can now put a birthday card for a friend in it.

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Violet LI's picture

Detailed waste sorting

Hazardous, Household Food, Recyclable..... Adhere to more detailed garbage classification, low-carbon life can effectively alleviate climate change

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Shinta Nourma's picture

RECYCLE: FLOWER POT FROM LIQUID SOAP CONTAINER

I propagated this beautiful plant from a friend's garden and made a beautiful pot by recycling an empty liquid soap container. I had lots of fun getting creative and made this! There are a lot of things you can do to reuse empty containers from food or beauty products! Be creative.

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Ella Schulze-Willey's picture

Slow Down Fast Fashion!

I know from personal experience, that as an individual you can sometimes feel powerless in the face of climate change. However, an impact can be made from such a simple decision as buying pre-loved items over brand new fast fashion. Whilst fast fashion saves money the costs are felt in the harm it inflicts upon the environment and sweatshop workers. I am deciding to move towards slow, ethical and sustainable fashion and only buy from op-shops or if necessary from brands selling sustainably produced items.

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