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SDG 13: Climate action

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Luke Russo's picture

STUDY Waste!

The conversation around responsible consumption usually revolves around food waste and the associated single-use plastic products that are generated from this sector. While this is a very large issue, there is little talk about the plastic/paper waste that is generated in office/study situations. Every year over 140 million pens are sold in Australia and contribute to approximately 700 tonnes of plastic waste across the nation. In addition to pens, waste paper and used batteries are generated significantly in the office/study sectors. To reduce my own generation of landfill waste I pledge to: 1 - keep a box at home where I can keep used pens and batteries. Once full I can take this box to Officeworks and make sure the waste is recycled instead of put into landfill. 2 - I will go through my used note-paper and note-books to remove any empty or half-used pages and make them into a pile of quick notes paper. This will eliminate the need for sticky notes as well as make sure I am using all my paper fully. 3 - I pledge that when I need new notebooks I will only buy ones that are made from 100% recycled paper. 4 - I will continue to recycle all my waste paper

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Mengxue Wang's picture

Digital payment, Less Waste

Every year in U.S., around 686 million pounds of waste receipts are produced, which will generate 12 billion pounds of carbon dioxide and lose 3 million trees. However, in most cases, many people don't really need those receipts. For instance, when people are purchasing just a cup of coffee. The main function of receipts is to record financial translocation. With the development of technology, we can also achieve this function by using digital receipts. In China, there are 2 main digital payment methods, Wechat and Alipay. People can top up their virtual purses in these apps and use unique QR code to pay. The financial transfer is recorded by digital receipts. There is no paper waste produced through the whole process. If more and more people get used to digital payment and digital receipts, less waste and energy loss will build a better environment. As a result, in the future, I will persist in using digital payment and reduce waste produced while shopping.

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Rebecca Rough's picture

Conscious recycling

While I have taken steps to reduce my plastic consumption by buying in bulk at the supermarket and making plastic-free choices where possible (eg. shampoo bars instead of plastic bottles), I am unfortunately less considered in my choices around recycling plastics and other products I use! And I’m not alone in this – recent estimates suggest that somewhere between 3 and 30% of recycling in Australia is contaminated. (1) This contamination is commonly with soft plastics (ie. plastic bags), as well as food or organic items. Importantly, all contamination has a negative impact in the recycling process in terms of the labour and equipment required to sort through co-mingled recycling, and lowering the value of recycled products. My pledge is to educate myself on products that can and can’t be recycled using Sustainability Victoria’s online resource (https://www.recycling.vic.gov.au/can-i-recycle-this) and to read more about recycling initiatives promoted by companies like 7/11 (https://www.7eleven.com.au/get-to-know-us/cup-rescue.html). A behaviour I pledge to implement is spending 15 minutes a week sorting through my family’s recycling and ensuring things put in our bin are recyclable. I will research alternate methods to recycle those products that aren’t recyclable in the co-mingled bin. See below for an image of some small things I have found in my family’s recycling bin and choices I have made to ensure they are properly recycled/disposed of! 1. https://www.behaviourworksaustralia.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Recycling-contamination_Rapid-review_FULL-REPORT.pdf

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Hao Nguyen's picture

SWTICHING TO DIGITAL document

Paper is an essential part of the world. It is used in many areas: education, business, commercial, etc. We have relied on it for most of our life and one common use of paper is writing and printing. The process of manufacturing paper releases nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and carbon dioxide into the air, contributing to pollution such as acid rain and greenhouse gases. We can reduce these detrimental effects by switching to electronic documents and changing the way we use paper. By ensuring that less paper is being produced, we are able to combat pollution and reduce our carbon footprint on the planet.

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Mia Dewar's picture

The journey of paper

For the next semester, I pledge to reuse or recycle 80% of paper at least once before putting it in the recycling bin. As students, we use a large amount of paper. From worksheets to working sheets, it piles up rapidly. In Australia, on average each person consumes more than 200kg of paper annually and 1.9 million tonnes go to landfill. This results in alarming rates of deforestation, water usage and greenhouse gas emissions. There are so many things that we can do with used paper. Need to quickly write down some working? Used paper often has plenty of empty space! What if there is no empty space? Perfect time to recycle paper for arts and craft! We could be much more efficient with our paper usage and we can be more active in the recycling process than just putting it in the recycling bin.

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Aamir Idris's picture

Reduce Packaging Waste

According to Sustainability Victoria, Australians throw away around 1.9 million tonnes of packaging every year. This means a lot of resources and energy are being consumed for the production of packaging. Packaging waste usually ends in landfills rather than being properly recycled, this obviously contributes to air, land, and water pollution. In order to conserve our resources and to decrease pollution, I belive that reducing our packaging waste is a vital step. By being mindful of the waste associated with the packages of the products we consume we can eliminate a large chunk of our waste by taking simple steps making waste reduction very simple. Some of the steps I pledge to take to reduce my packaging waste include being mindful of the materials of the packaging and their recyclability, use reusable packaging as much as I can, find alternative items with little to no packaging, and where I can't minimise the packaging itself I would choose products with packages made from recyclable or compostable materials. I hope that after being mindful of my choices of products I can minimise my own waste to a large degree and perhaps if more and more people take such a step not only would waste from packaging would decrease, but companies and cooperations can become more mindful of their products' packages thus changing the culture within the industries themselves.

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