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SDG 14: Sustainable oceans

Alley Dyson's picture


I pledge to stop using single use plastics, including; food packaging/wrappers, plastic forks and knives, cups, bottled water etc. I will bring my own reusable, washable utensils out with me, my own water bottle and a keep cup. I will encourage others in the community to do the same and educate them on the benefits a small behavioral change can make.


Jas Raron's picture


I recently converted the burlap bag my shoes had come in into a tote bag. By sowing on straps, I had the intention to reuse this product as an everyday carrier for all my shopping needs. From this, I commit to saying 'no' to plastic bags when purchasing groceries and other goods. As plastic bags are non-biodegradable, I strive to live an environmentally-conscious consumer lifestyle and avoid contributing to unnecessary plastic ending up in our landfills.


Prabhleen Kaur's picture

Going vegetarian

For the longest time I have been researching and learning about the impact of agriculture towards global emissions and poverty. I am going to not have meat for this week and will see how long I can sustain it.


Simone da Silva's picture


With the rise of skincare and the beauty industry comes the an increase of waste. If each makeup wearing person were to clean their skin with single use products each day then the amount of waste they are producing in this area only grows and grows. I am making a commitment to look to more green methods of beauty. Including, using multi-use products to remove makeup and buying from brands that are not only cruelty free, but make an active commitment to help the environment. Brands like Youth To The People fully acknowledge that their business is one of consumption in their company ethos. They make a commitment to support non-profits to benefit our earth. Moreover use no animal bi-products in their formulas. They minimise waste by only doing bulk overseas shipping instead of shipping each individual order. I am tired of people buying products without thinking of the broader picture such as how the packaging will negative effect waste, what the cost of getting it to the store shelves was, whether any third party harmed in the making of said product etc. I am therefore making a pledge to educate myself and others on the unsustainable and cruel practices of the beauty industry. Moreover how we can balance the luxury of looking after ourselves, whilst simultaneously looking after the planet and others.


Johanna Tuomisto's picture


It is challenging to reduce the amount of soft plastic waste but the situation is not hopeless. Before plastics are entirely replaced with better alternatives I have started to collect soft plastic waste separately. has been great with figuring out how to recycle soft plastics. Also, it has been very easy to drop off the waste at Coles while doing the weekly grocery shopping.


Aimee Comas's picture

Casual Composting

My aim is to compost all my biodegradable food waste using my own compost bin and the government-provided FOGO bin. According to Project Drawdown (2019), 2.14-3.13 gigatons of carbon dioxide could be reduced between 2020-2050 by composting biodegradable waste at a global level. This is because mixing biodegradable waste with general waste - such as plastic - in landfill causes a significant increase in methane emissions. For this reason, composting food waste is an excellent sustainable step to make in order to decrease green house gas emission. The great thing about composting is that we can conduct it at different levels, from as small as a backyard compost bin to industrial compost farms. I'm excited to see how much food waste I produce in relation to recycling and general waste!


Hayley Stanich's picture


Consider how many times you’ve bought more than you need, then tossed half of it in the bin. Whether it be leftover food, unwanted clothing or plastic packaging, the accumulation of this waste in landfills has had a detrimental impact on our enivoment, climate and community - contributing to greenhouse gas emissions and harming marine life through the pollution of oceans and waterways. To help address this growing sustainability threat and decrease the amount of waste I produce, I am adopting a “REDUCE, REUSE, RECYLE” lifestyle. This involves making a conscious effort to only buy what I need, choosing products with less packaging and avoiding single-use items (e.g. plastic straws). I also aim to reuse what I already own - refilling my water bottle from home instead of buying a new one and re-filling used food jars with healthy homemade products. Furthermore, before I throw something away I will think about wether all or part of it can be recycled. By adopting these simple strategies into my everyday life I hope to decrease my waste production and protect the environment. I encourage everyone to join me in taking this action towards ensuring a safe and sustainable future for all!


Lisa Iezzi's picture

Grow my vegetables

I will plant some of my favorite vegetables and use the space in my backyard to plant some trees. This will help protect the environment; it will also allow me to eat organics vegetables without using chemicals which are bad for the environment and avoiding buying products from the supermarket which uses lots of plastic. In addition i will be happy to donate some of my vegetables to my friends or neighbours!


Samuel de Pury's picture

sustainable psychology

The concept "sustainability" often motivates discussion of outcome manipulation, eg: "reduced food waste". Such outcomes are typically envisioned and sought after using unsustainable procedures. For a complex system (eg: a business, a person) to be sustainable it must maintain itself indefinitely, not just produce sustainable outcomes. “Sustainability” is therefore a state, not an endpoint. To maintain sustainability, the structure of a system must be comprised of self-stabilising internal mechanisms. For example, your computer is an unsustainable system since it cannot repair itself. Your eyes are sustainable systems since they can recover from superficial injury without intervention. In seeking to determine the preconditions for a sustainable global civilisation, I realised that my way of approaching the topic of sustainability was itself unsustainable. Since that realisation, I have been studying psychology. I seek to approach sustainability from the ground up. How is my way of thinking about sustainability itself sustainable? How can self-stabilising psychological techniques be applied to larger scale outcome-oriented sustainability endeavours? I then developed a psychological technique for practicing sustainability. Each day I list my sustainable activities and my unsustainable activities, with the added condition that each day must include more sustainability than the last. This technique gives my pursuit of sustainable outcomes viability, integrity, depth, reflectivity, originality, and versatility. My psychological and systems-oriented approach to sustainability could be applied to individuals, relationships, groups, businesses, organisations, and societies and could refine our collective pursuit of a sustainable world.


Claudia Campi's picture

No more single use straws

I will commit to no longer using single-use plastics.



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