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SDG 14: Sustainable oceans

Megan Broadway's picture

biodegradable and recyclable

Grocery shopping in today's world is not only simply sustaining your own nutrition and buying supplies, it is now an indication to corporations which products speak to the consumer market. The rise of green advertising and green product packaging is now leading to greenwashing and manipulation of culturally and environmentally aware consumers. My one step is to shop with awareness as an active consumer and buy food products only in biodegradable and recyclable packaging. Beyond this the idea is to also ensure that products are not greenwashing, such as Woolworths did in 2007 through APP with non sustainable tissue products despite labeling. I dedicate myself to being aware of this, knowing which paper and plastic products are recyclable and encouraging others to do the same.


Steph Michaud's picture

Using Less Plastic Packaging

I'm hoping to eventually eliminate my plastic packaging, but I think a good place to start is to look for alternatives before quitting cold turkey. Currently I cannot eliminate the plastic packaging on my food completely, since a lot of the things I eat for health reasons come in plastic, but I think that starting by choosing alternatives in cardboard or package free is a possible and important step to take. I want this to lead into a week going single use plastic free, and I want to be able to share this experience and create resources to educate and help others to make change in their own lives, through a student activist group I'm a part of called the Student Voice Network.


Mwansa Kawesha's picture

Small Changes Count

In regards to "Small Changes Count ", This step is that with one small action done by one person can change someone's life .During this pandemic we are in Lockdown and that should not stop us from being environmentally friendly and also being more healthy. Small changes we make in our everyday living will make a big difference in the environment .


Nathalie Farah's picture

Buy nothing new for 1 month

Fast fashion and consumer culture are one of the most unsustainable practices in the developed world. For 1 month, I will buy not buy anything new as I believe I can decrease my footprint substantially by reducing. This also means that I will have to reuse various resources and recycle older things to get what I need.


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.


Shinta Nourma's picture


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.


Shinta Nourma's picture


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.


Shinta Nourma's picture


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.


Peiyi Chen's picture


I would like to see more pet-friendly public places like restaurants, gardens in China. Every pet would be taking good care of and no more stray animals


Yashodha Sivakumaran's picture

Always pack a ‘thank you’ bag

All the extra time to myself during Melbourne’s lockdown served as the perfect opportunity for me to explore my surroundings and reflect on my habits. I’m blessed to live not too far from the coast and thus the beach became a haven of sorts for me to escape the confinements of home and enjoy the vastness of the shoreline (during my daily assigned hour of time outdoors). Sitting by the sea however, was oftentimes more confronting than it was relaxing. Although it saddened me to see the amount of rubbish pilled up and littered across the sand, I decided that disappointment alone was futile and I had to take action to improve the situation instead of absolving myself of personal responsibility. Ever since the start of lockdown, I have taken a bag with me every time I visit the beach and spend the last 10 minutes before leaving to pick up any rubbish on the sand that I had passed on my way there. Some days the bag is full and other days there is much less, however the bag never comes back home empty. To me, this serves as a reminder of the responsibility I have to my environment, regardless of whether or not I caused the litter. If I’m able to enjoy the beach without any personal cost, then taking a few moments to clear up my surroundings serves as a ‘thank you’ to the environment for my enjoyment and time spent appreciating the atmosphere. Always packing what I consider a to be a ‘thank you’ bag has been my One Step pledge that I plan to take beyond the beach and adopt in other environments, including future time spent on campus.



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