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SDG 14: Sustainable oceans

Xiao Chen's picture


Find out the the plastic products nearby such as the bottles, bags and utensils; think of appropriate usage or drop them into the recycling bin; avoid using them by choosing alternatives.


Rashmi Dev's picture


Do not buy or use anything processed or packaged. Support sustainable farming by buying groceries from sustainable farms. This helps avoid the use of chemicals in food growing, processing and packaging which ends up as waste in soil, water or air. Also, the process of processing and manufacturing consumes energy and emits gases that are harmful. I believe if each person can commit to sustainable eating which contributes largely to pollution and climate change, it will make a big difference.


Ying Wai Chow's picture

byo: Simple but effective

It is a worldwide fact that products made by plastic, including bottles, cutleries and straws will damage the environment as they are not able to resolve in the solid naturally. Also, during the process of production, a lot of toxic chemicals are released such as benzene, which will pollute the air and further increase the level of climate change. Most people know about it, but theyseldom care. They keep using plastic cutlery when they order take-away food, or even in restaurants just because it is convenient. Buying bottled water instead of bringing their own, again, just because it is convenient. Therefore, I would like to start by myself, start bringing my own mental cutlery and water when I eat outside. Say no to plastic cutlery when I order take-aways, and bring my own cup when buying coffee outside. I believe it is a good and simple way to build the habit of becoming green and sustainable.


C Wolokh's picture

The last straw

My commitment to sustainability begins with my first and last metal straw. Over the entirety of my life, I've been a big user of plastic straws. From slurpees to smoothies, I would go through multiple plastic straws in the span of 1 week. The play on words step "the last straw" represents my resentment towards the overconsumption of plastic and goal of only using one metal straw for all my drinking needs. It’s estimated that as many as 70% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have ingested some type of plastic from the ocean. This alarming statistic alone has influenced me and I hope that through this one step, I can live a more sustainable life and reduce the impact our plastic disposables have on marine life.


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.


Akihiro Ratnayake's picture

minimising single use plastic

I'm hoping to drastically minimise my single-use plastic. As you know single-use plastic is causing immense damage to the environment and to bio-diversity. Since eliminating single-use plastic would be a commitment I would fail to achieve, I'm committing to significantly minimising my usage. To begin with, I hope to take my own cutlery everywhere I go so that I actively avoid using or disposing of these single-use items. Post this trial period, I want to actively take steps to educate my friends and family fo the responsibility they have towards this planet.


Jainam Shah's picture

Give plastic a second chance

Every year, each Australian consumes 130kg of plastic products of which less than 10% is recycled – the rest of it inevitably ends up rotting in landfills, sloughing off to form the 130 thousand tonnes of non-recyclable debris that chokes our waterways and wildlife. Plastic has become as ubiquitous and necessary to civilisation as water and air, from shampoo bottles to shopping bags, but once it has served its specific purpose, we instinctively toss it out and buy a replacement. However, the purpose of a piece of plastic is not restricted to the label that retailers put on it – in fact, by its very nature, plastic can be easily moulded and shaped to whatever purpose we choose to give it. By giving our plastic a second life, we can spare the lives of so many dying aquatic habitats, and make the world truly greener. In primary school, when I turned a used water bottle into a pencil holder, I was amazed that an object destined for the junkyard was now sitting on my desk looking as good as new. Not only was it an environmentally sound alternative, but it also saved me a few bucks and was fun to make, so much so that I started working on things with my friends to build everything from piggy banks to furniture. Ever since then, I’ve always wanted to take the idea further, to encourage the community to recycle their plastics internally within their own homes for either functional or aesthetic purposes, but it wasn’t until I landed on this page that I thought this could make a difference. My pledge is to start a campaign in my university for students to design either the most artistic or practical repurposing of a household plastic item they can imagine - the possibilities are truly endless! Not only would this allow students to apply their creativity in new and interesting ways, but it would also bring people together and unite them towards the shared goal of a sustainable future. It’s a tough project, but I’m certain that if more people learn to exploit the reusability of plastics, we will come closer to a world free of unnecessarily wasted plastic, and find nifty new uses for plastic items along the way!


Pranav Dayal's picture

Sustainable Food choice

Although I have taken steps to reduce my reliance on commercially bought foods by implementing veggie patches and tailoring my diet to be more sustainable, sometimes it is very difficult to say no to the conveniently available products on grocery aisles. These shelves are usually filled with foods from large conglomerate companies with extensive outreach. It is important to be wise about each individual food item as detrimental climate harm can be wickedly masked behind bright branding, and sometimes even 'green-approved' labels. Therefore, I have been doing research before purchasing and when I do find a sustainable item, I am sure to advertise it to my friends and family so they can contribute towards a cleaner planet. I intend to do enough research into products to be able to form a weekly meal plan based on actual sustainable foods.


Noa Kerwick's picture

What a Waste

In 2020 I became the Youth Member for the electorate of Currumbin appointed to the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee in the Queensland Youth Parliament. One of the many things I did during my tenure was publish an article on Australia's $10 billion food waste issue. Although it's far from being a glamorous topic of conversation, food waste is something I'm actually quite passionate about. For years I've been researching and discussing the multifarious implications of food waste and brainstorming ways in which to mitigate this global phenomenon. In 2018 after being in the first cohort to complete the Macquarie University Incubator's pilot 'Go Start' Program, I participated in the Sydney-Hong Kong Ideation Exchange Program where I spent two-weeks visiting start-ups, universities and businesses in Australia, Hong Kong and China. During this time, I co-created a new start-up called 'Ag-Eye' which sought to utilise drone and smart technology to facilitate farming practices; reducing costs, manpower expenditures and food waste for Australian farmers. In 2019 I wrote my thesis for my major in anthropology at Macquarie University on the benefits of community gardens. Through my six months of participant observation research I found that community gardens had a plethora of mental, physical, environmental and monetary benefits to individuals, families and communities - in particular newly arrived immigrants. My goal with this 'Take One Step' initiative is to continue my journey and challenge students, staff, residential halls and food venues at Monash University to mitigate the amount of food they waste.


Chandni Jacob's picture


Since the beginning of this year, I have been trying to find more sustainable solutions when it comes to cleaning. The cleaning products found in commercial markets are often loaded with harsh and toxic chemicals that can pose serious health risks to both humans and animals with prolonged use. In a world where the 'DIY' movement is becoming increasingly popular, I thought I would focus my efforts onto DIY cleaning solutions. Some major benefits of DIY cleaners include: 1. Knowing exactly what ingredients are going into your products. 2. Getting to make more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY decisions: like switching to essential oils, creating unique concoctions using baking soda and vinegar, using sustainable packaging for storage etc. 3. Posing zero health risks as almost all the ingredients used can be found in your own kitchen. Here's a tip: These products are not nearly as strong as the ones you find in the market, so instead of opting for a deep clean every other week, try cleaning up every couple of days. This is when I've noticed them to be the most effective. My aim is to slowly transition into other DIY alternatives (e.g. sustainable bath products) once I have gotten used to creating and implementing these products in and around my home.



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