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SDG 14: Sustainable oceans

Breana Merrin's picture

reusable sanitary items

Menstruation is a normal aspect of most women's monthly routine. However most women buy sanitary pads or tampons constantly as it is the norm in western societies is to use single use items. This creates a huge amount of waste, roughly 200 000 tonnes each year as well as putting strain on women who are homeless or in poverty who cannot afford these items every month. I have recently discovered businesses that offer more sustainable options such as reusable sanitary pads and menstruation cups that can last for years as well as being biodegradable. I have taken the step to invest in some of these products in order to reduce the amount of waste that I produce as a result of my bodily functions.


Zoe Lysaght's picture


The paddock to plate journey of food has dramatically changed in the last 100 years. In many ways food production has become more efficient but at what environmental cost? Overfishing, soil degradation due to land overuse and dramatically increased food miles has created a huge ecological food footprint. This has impacted consumption patterns with food being available year round leading to less conscious consumption in addition to increased food wastage. This food wastage was estimated at 4 billion dollars in Victoria this last year alone and with 20% of this going into landfill. Our recycling plants don't have the capacity to deal with the waste we are producing and many of the recyclable outputs don't have a market to be sold to. My one step is to rewrite the food story by advocating for change and changing my behaviour at each step of the process from production to consumption to disposal. I am going to make more conscious food choices to eat from sustainable sources of fish and meat, and seasonal Australian produce so that my food doesn't have to travel a thousand kilometres to get to my plate! I am also going to buy unpackaged foods from local sources and plan my meals better in order to reduce my food waste. I have also just moved house to where there is a fortnightly collection of organics, so I am going to put my food waste into this to ensure that it is diverted from landfill and recycled into compost which can be reused.


Riley Hodgson's picture

Riley hodgson

I pledge to discover and share one at least one new exciting article/fact/news piece a week that highlights a particular sustainability goal. There's so much happening in the world both good and bad and I want to focus on the good. New innovations, initiatives or government action which brings the world one step closer to achieving the SDG’s are meant to be shared. Already participating in many small actions which help reduce waste and electricity I wanted to do something different as my ‘one step.’ I am inspired by what I read, watch and hear and want to do the same for others. Good actions need more recognition! That’s why I want to be a voice that recognises and celebrates progress.


Stella Smallman's picture

Cans over bottles

I will completely cease my purchasing of single-serve plastic bottles e.g. flavoured almond milk, flavoured soy milk. These will be substituted with bottles containg 3+ serves of the beverage (less plastic per serve), or aluminium cans.



Stella Smallman | 05/12/2020 - 19:32

I told my friend about the sustainability of cans over bottles, and received positive feedback after sharing my green step on Linkedin.


Laura Stirling's picture


I have started collecting coffee cups off the street and that my family uses so that they can be recycled through the Simply Cups initiative at 7/11 stores. I have also started consuming all my take-away coffees in a Keep Cup.


Laura Stirling's picture


I have started collected all soft-plastic packaging my family uses and have been taking them to Coles REDcycle recycling bins to recycle them. To reduce my overall plastic consumption, I have also started to wrap my foods in Beeswax wraps.


Tomas Saavedra's picture

Less is more

There is no doubt that recycling is a critical step to achieve a sustainable circular economy. However, we tend to focus only on this practice, ignoring the importance of reducing our consumption levels. It is for this reason that I commit myself to reduce the number of unsustainable products I use on a regular basis by replacing them with non-disposable items. This includes stopping using disposable cutlery, plastic bottles, plastic bags, plastic containers, etc.


Chelsea Avila's picture

sustainably sourced foods

Hello, as an International Business student I have learned the influence consumer dollars have on corporations and their decision-making. With this in mind my one step is to make the transition to sustainably sourced goods rather than those not. Hopefully with enough people buying sustainably sourced goods over alternatives, this can make the demand for ethical sourcing more prominent to key business leaders.


Katie H's picture

Consumption & disposal

I pledge to reduce my household (of 7 people strong) consumption of unsustainable products and to properly dispose of household waste. I plan to do this through: (1) Reducing purchases of products with plastic packaging (I have been bulk buying dry food using reusable storage containers, buying fresh produce with reusable bags and using keep cups and drink bottles to eliminate single-use plastic waste) (2) Minimising meat and diary consumption - eating plant based (less plastic packaging wasted on a higher vegetable diet and healthier) (3) Buying second hand clothes to reduce fast fashion consumption (4) Reusing and repurposing resources that would otherwise be discard (I have learnt to sow to fix or repurpose old clothes and have been reusing old milk cartoons and egg cartoons for planting vegetables) (5) Compost old scraps, recycle and utilise RedCycle when necessary to reduce landfill waste (6) Grow my own produce (especially produce that is difficult to buy with plastic free packing) Through implementing these steps my family has already seen the impact it has made on our weekly landfill waste! We are excited to continue to reduce our household rubbish and live a more sustainable lifestyle! I hope to reduce our landfill rubbish by half by the end of this year. This image is of my most recent bulk foods shopping haul where I filled my repurposed containers with olive oil, shampoo, conditioner, oats, rice, peanut butter, flour and, cocoa and the blue bottle is homemade almond milk!


Tara Coates's picture


I will use up all the food in my fridge and pantry before buying more, instead of compulsively ordering uber eats or getting more groceries unnecessarily. This will lead to a reduction in my carbon footprint and overall energy consumption. To aid this, I will do a weekly shop at the markets on Sundays, where I can stock up for the week via a local and sustainable means.



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