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SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production

Torbjorn Bjork's picture

reduce my consumption of palm oil

The world's most used vegetable oil is the main reason for the rainforest disappearing in Indonesia and Malaysia. For us, the problems with palm oil are not so visible in everyday life, but the use of palm oil has severe consequences for humans, animals, rainforests and the climate. Most of the palm oil comes from Southeast Asia, and to meet the enormous global demand for palm oil, Indonesia plans to double the production of palm oil to 40 million tonnes annually by 2020. As a consequence of this biologists fear that orangutans will become extinct in Southeast Asia in less than 10 years due to deforestation. In other words, it is necessary to reduce demand, and it is here we as consumers can play an essential role as around 50% of packaged supermarket products in Australia contain palm oil. Hence, I pledge to use less palm oil (preferably none) by using the Palm Oil Barcode Scanner App made by Palm Oil Investigations. With it, you can easily find out which foods contain palm oil and how much.

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Leanne Nguyen's picture

Cutting out meat from my diet

Meat consumption has a multitude of detrimental effects on our planet. Not only do ungulates such as cows and sheep contribute to land degradation, livestock farming also contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts. I am pledging to cut out meat from my diet, and transition to a more environmentally-friendly plant-based way of life.

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Jessica Garcia's picture

compost in sll

Establish a compost bin in the Science Learning Lounge at 25 Rainforest Walk and empty it in the permaculture garden every evening! This can reduce waste going to landfill.

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Jessica Garcia's picture

walk > drive to grocery store

To reduce the amount of petrol I consume, I will only walk to collect groceries. This can reduce pollutant emissions and improve my fitness!

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Amelia Vague's picture

No more straws!

I'm vowing to never use plastic straws, and to actively encourage others, including organisations, to do the same! Although they're so small, the sheer mass of these tiny pieces of plastic means that they accumulate and take around 200 years to decompose. So my step is purchasing a reusable straw and spreading the word about the impacts that straws have.

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Michelle Nguyen's picture

Conscious use of plastic

Consciously reducing the use of excessive plastic by voluntarily choosing to either omit plastic packaging where possible. For example, when given the option to either choose individual fruits not packaged in plastic bags for convenience or a bagged portion of prepacked fruit, I will actively choose the individual fruits. The prepacked fruit, while perfect for convenient portioning uses excess plastic that will only end up being disposed of after being opened.

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Anam Khan's picture

Reduce while you can

Reducing the use of plastic wherever possible. Do we really need plastic straws or cutlery when substitutes are so easy to find?

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Cassandra Tremblay's picture

Reduce food waste

After a failed attempt at growing an avocado plant from the pit of a store-bought avocado a few months ago, I pledge to try to regrow herbs from some offshoots I cut from a market-bought bunch of coriander ~~~the coriander is currently in a couple inches of water on a sunny windowsill and when roots develop (and hopefully the weather is warmer) I'll pot the stems in some soil and move them outdoors. So keen to have an ever-growing supply of fresh coriander! In doing so, i'll be reducing my carbon footprint (no food miles involved in going outside to cut some fresh coriander) and also eliminating any plastic waste that store-bought herbs are most often unnecessarily packaged in.

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Cassandra Tremblay's picture

SAY NO TO BOTTLED WATER

This week I bought myself a stainless steel water bottle so I no longer will purchase any single-use plastic water bottles (most of which end up in the world's oceans!!! not to mention the petrol used in their production and distribution) I decided to make a simple macrame-style carry strap out of rope so I can carry it with me even when I don't take a bag big enough to fit the bottle inside :))) here's to fighting SUPs and no longer buying bottled water!

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Cassandra Tremblay's picture

Buy LOCAL, Bulk, Plastic-FreE

In the past coupe months I have tried my hand at buying local produce not wrapped in unnecessary plastic and buying in bulk wherever possible. I now will make the pledge to only buy from local produce markets and or bulk food stores and commit to plastic-free shopping for the rest of this year ~~wish me luck!

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