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SDG 14: Sustainable oceans

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.

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Shinta Nourma's picture

SUSTAINABILITY ADVOCACY

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.

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Shinta Nourma's picture

RECYCLE: ENVELOPE FROM A TOUR MAP

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.

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Shinta Nourma's picture

RECYCLE: FLOWER POT FROM LIQUID SOAP CONTAINER

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.

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Peiyi Chen's picture

DOG DESERVES

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

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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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Sunny Nguyen's picture

Mask off the Environment

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the increased usage of disposable goods; cutlery; straws and especially, masks. Whilst an essential aspect to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it has detrimental impacts upon the environment. It has implications on the future of medical PPE. How can be we become more environmentally sustainable in a world that is heavily reliable on disposable PPE? An optimal solution is one that can be disposed of without environmental damage and does not compromise the quality of medical PPE. Thus, my commitment is to advocate for sustainable options around Monash University, specifically biodegradable or reusable materials. My 3 actions are: 1. Promote- engage with people in the community through social media on the importance of resuseable utensils 2. Campaign- advocate the idea of biodegradable PPE with organisations, including the university. 3. Model- act as a role model through taking responsible actions. This includes using sustainable utensils and encouraging other to do the same.

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Nipunie Vithanage's picture

reduce plastic waste

Having recently become aware of the amount of unnecessary plastic waste that I am inevitably contributing to the environment - primarily though purchasing food and other items which come with plastic packaging, I aim to reduce this significantly through finding environmentally-friendly alternatives to single-use plastic products. I currently use re-usable cloth bags for groceries, avoid using plastic straws and have a re-usable drink bottle; however, I know that there are many more steps that I can take to reducing my daily plastic consumption, and with some research and perseverance, I am confident that I will be able to make a tremendous reduction in the amount of plastic I currently dispose of after a single use.

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Lina Suarez's picture

Cleaners that are not clean

In the modern world, most of us have been driven into the convenience and effectiveness of industrialized cleaning products like soaps, detergents, pods and specialized aerosols. Unfortunately, these products not only pollute our water but also create plastic waste and even poisonous fumes for our bodies. However, when all these commercial products were not available, our society still managed to keep our homes clean and shiny. We did this by leveraging the cleaning properties of household products like vinegar, fruits, baking soda and natural oils. I pledge myself to use these items to make, use, and promote my own green cleaners while avoiding industrialized cleaning products that harm us and the environment.

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Madeena Rohaizad's picture

Take, Make & Reduce Waste

With the world's generation of solid waste is expected to increase by 70% by 2050. The step I am taking aims to combat this issue in an enterprising and personally relevant manner. I intend on reducing and educating people on the dangers of the current throwaway culture through social media. Reducing my solid waste by upcycling preloved items such as clothing and jewellery and selling them through social media or donating it to local charities and shelters. Whilst using the digital medium of social media to advocate and educate about the dangers of waste and how to minimise personal waste. With waste-related greenhouse gas emissions anticipated to reach 2.6 billion tonnes by 2050, there is a dire need for change. My step of repurposing preloved goods and making the concept accessible and attractive to reduce the impact of the current 'Take, Make, Waste' society. Donating quality preloved goods promotes the accessibility of the notion as individuals of all socioeconomic statuses can participate in the more sustainable and economical practice of shopping second hand. Likewise, the curated nature of social media allows for the daunting notion of making the change to reduce waste appear more attractive as it will present it in an achievable manner. Ensuring the resources taken from the earth are made to reduce waste!

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