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SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production

Claire Brace's picture

Reduce Food Waste

After taking on a research project last semester on the extent and impact of food waste in Australia I have become very conscious of how much food goes to waste in my household. Before this I hadn't even thought about how much methane is created by sending food to landfill, and the devastating effect of these additional GHGs on our climate and ecosystems. So I am committing to reducing my household's food waste through more conscious shopping and cooking, and the use of our newly completed worm farms (a little semester break DYI!) to turn any remaining waste into liquid fertiliser for the garden :)

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Claire Brace's picture

No more disposables!

While I am already an avid user of my Keep Cup and re-usable water bottle at uni, I would like to take this commitment one step further. Waste is such a huge problem in Australia (especially with all the take-away coffee lovers in Melbourne!) and I'm not sure that just recycling what we can is enough. So I am saying no to disposable food and drink containers, and no to plastic bags! I will only use my reusable Keep Cup, drink bottle, lunch box, and shopping bags :) Here's to approaching zero waste!

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Costanza Rivarossa | 08/21/2017 - 16:37

I wish I had a garden, i only have a little balcony =(. However, I do have biodegradable rubbish bags that I use for the food scraps, and where I live there is a local compost garden! Also, I work at a shop where we sell compost bins that allow the air flow and therefore reduce the bed smells in the kitchen, if you want to check it out let me know I'll give you details!

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Ruby McMinn's picture

vego for life

Last year in the Take One Step Program, I committed to Vegtember, a month of being vegetarian, and since then I decided to only eat fish for a while, but learnt about how depleted our oceans have become so since the start of this year I have committed to not eating meat! It is still a challenge for me who loves meat and seafood, yet the thought of eating it anymore only makes me think of the huge impact the meat industry has on the land, oceans and climate which is much more important than 5 minutes of satisfaction for myself!

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Ruby McMinn's picture

PTV Is amazing!

I have become so conscious of the environmental impacts of all of my actions, growing up in the country I am so used to driving my car everywhere but and this year I have decided to sell my little car, I haven't used it for the last 3 months and it is a VW which are notoriously bad for the environment! PTV is now my new best friend and I have been able to get everywhere, although life may take some more planning, the small effort it takes for me will be better for the planet

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Conor Knight's picture

Eat more locally sourced food

As a force of habit and convenience, I buy all of my food from the local supermarket (Coles). I would therefore like to increase the food I buy locally, primarily by purchasing from the local market.

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Phillipa Schliebs | 06/22/2017 - 10:56

There are a bunch of great Farmers Markets in Adelaide if you are prepared to travel to get there. I love the Torrens Island Market in Port Adelaide which only sells seasonal fruit and veg grown from local farms in and around Adelaide. It’s open from early on a Sunday and includes a fish market where you can purchase fresh seafood direct from the boat! http://www.weekendnotes.com/top-farmers-markets-south-australia/

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Phillipa Schliebs's picture

No more new clothes

I'm not going to buy any NEW clothes for the rest of the year. Over-consumption of clothing is a terrible problem in Australia and I've been a culprit of buying something new just because I can.

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Phillipa Schliebs's picture

Banish soft plastics

I am ready to cut plastics out of my life, starting with soft plastics. I already recycle soft and hard plastics, but I know that not using it in the first place is a far better option. I will need to be a more conscious shopper and take the time to go to farmers markets and wholesale grocers. I'll also need to be prepared to pay a bit more for quality items that.

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Madeleine Tierney's picture

Stop Buying New clothes

I am going to aim to stop buying fashion clothing that I just do not need. I am terrible at self control when it comes to buying things and over consumption is incredibly wasteful. As you can see I clearly have enough to clothe me and keep me warm or cool. No more wasteful purchases! Including random stationary items and jewelery.

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REUSABLES!

I will ONLY use a REUSABLE coffee cup, water bottle and shopping bag

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Paperless office

I won't print papers for meetings, not use a pen and paper to take notes. Instead I'll use Google drive and Google docs to create and share documents.

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