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SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production

Darcy Neate's picture

Reducing my consumption

A pretty simple one. I just want to reduce the amount of finite materials I consume in my day to day life. I make sure to do the basic ones like always carrying my water bottle around, I use a keep cup and I have a bamboo cutlery set that I carry around so I don't have to use single use plastic ones when I buy food at uni or the shops. As well as this I make sure to only get online versions of my textbooks. I am trying more and more to sell or donate things that I no longer need or use rather than just letting them collect dust, this way maybe someone else can use it rather than buying something new. I also just started working at a homeware salvage warehouse where we salvage materials and furniture from houses that are being demolished to give them new homes to reduce the amount of waste. I hope to get to a point where I don't need any single use plastic other than maybe food packaging in my day to day life but this is something I will have to work on over a while as it requires research and lifestyle changes to be able to make such a dramatic change.


Huong Tu's picture

It starts at home

My commitment to sustainability will start in my own home, in particular, my own garden. Over the past year, I've spent lots of time at home and realised that the seemingly minuscule actions we take each day really do amount to something. Last year in 2020, it was the first time global carbon emissions fell for the first time in decades, and whilst it did take a global pandemic for this to happen, it also made me acknowledge all the ways I could make a commitment to sustainability whilst at home. I spent countless hours during quarantine tending to my garden and was finally able to reap the rewards. The process of growing food in my own home, eliminating the costs and emissions involved with transport, packaging and harvesting showed me that sustainability is a highly rewarding and fruitful process. This year, I'd like to grow more fruit and vegetables at home and improve not only my impact on the environment as I consume more consciously but also improve my health and wellbeing in the process.


Georgia Kirkpatrick's picture

responsible consumption

To avoid having to use plastic bags when going shopping (groceries, clothes, markets, etc.) I will make sure I always have reusable bags in my car so that way I always have a sustainable option to use instead of increasing the amount of plastic bags used. Also, when I go to university, in order to reduce waste I will bring my food in containers so that I don't have to use little plastic ziploc bags.


John Graves's picture

Reduce & Recycle Plastics

Until recently I was unaware that soft plastics could be recycled by simply taking them and depositing them at many supermarkets. I had only recalled from primary school that these things couldn't be recycled in the recycling bin. To reduce the waste of these plastics going to land fill, I will be collecting these bags after reusing them and taking them to the recycling bins at supermarkets. I will also be using reusable containers rather than glad wrap coverings to reduce the consumption of plastic as well. I aim to be recycling all the soft plastic waste weekly and encouraging my family members to do the same.


John Graves's picture

sustainable Packaging

I often find that at university I will purchase food that comes in cardboard or plastic packaging. Vendors such as wholefoods have proactively encouraged use of your own Tupperware. I will continue to make best use of this practice and attempt to do so from other food stores in addition to pre-preparing meals at home to reduce environmental impact as well.


Nayana Vikhale's picture

Mindful consumption

Today, the 7.8 billion people on earth are using more of its resources than they can provide. Hence, we need to limit our consumption. We should reduce the number of things that we consume. But then, we ought to reuse what already exists in the world. I have decided to buy limited clothes and 80% of them from a second-hand shop in that context. Second-hand shopping lowers the impact of the things we consume as we're reusing things that have already been produced, and we are diverting them from landfills. Research by WRAP found that extending the average life of clothes by just three months per item, from 2 years and 2 months to 2 years and 5 months, would lead to a 5–10% reduction in each carbon, water, and waste footprint. It keeps clothes out of the landfill and prevents the production of new clothing items.


Jessica Sheppard's picture

Cheap, healthy recipes

Many young people, especially students do not have a lot of money for food and may resort to cheap, easy, nutrient poor food. I want to create a platform where people can share recipes to promote healthy eating, especially for university students. The aim is to share recipe's that are nutritional, easy to make, tasty and low cost. Many students do not have a lot of spare time to cook, may not know how to cook or do not have high food budgets. I believe students nutrition plays a role in their success and many students struggle to eat healthy while balancing university, work, and other commitments. The meat industry also has a large impact on the environment and meat products are expensive, so I plan to focus primarily on vegetarian meals. I will also focus on maintaining a diversity of recipes from different cultures. This is to be inclusive of all people's taste's but to also encourage people to explore foods from different cultures and embrace diversity. The plan is to create a website and/or social media page where recipes are uploaded along with things like approximate cost AUD, nutritional information, and instructions that are easy to follow. I also plan to include information on the basics of cooking such as food safety and preparation to help other students learn how to cook safely.


Annabelle Ng's picture

Menstrual cups for Malaysia

Malaysia produces approximately 2.4 billion pieces of sanitary waste a year. This is equivalent to 2,400 tonnes or 480 garbage trucks full of sanitary pads. To counter this, my first step to reducing waste in landfills is to use reusable menstrual cups from this day onwards. I believe this is a small step to creating a big movement in the right direction.


Samantha Cook's picture


At my house, i will be introducing a food scrap bin to divert food scraps from the general rubbish bins. This will be in addition to the compost bin for green scraps and will divert up to half of the households rubbish from landfill (according to the city of Glen Eira's findings, 2016-17)


Tiffany Lam's picture

Recycle & UPcycle

Single use plastic has always been a prevalent issue in today's society. Not only is it harmful for the environment through piling up in landfills, polluting our seas, harming wildlife and much more, but it also promotes throwaway culture. We often prioritize convenience without a second though for the long-term impacts of our actions. I believe this is an issue that could be significantly reduced if everyone made an effort to reduce unnecessary plastic use. And so I pledge to stop using single use plastic and carry my own reusable cutlery and my own reusable bags while shopping, in doing I will also pledge to promote awareness of not using single use plastics to those I meet and through social media. Another smaller action I pledge to take is to hand out tote bags I have upcycled from recycled materials to those around me in an effort to help other join me on this journey to reduce harmful plastic usage.



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