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SDG 14: Sustainable oceans

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.


Ayana Iwamoto's picture

Zero waste travel challenge

Hello everyone. This is my very first post on #takeonestep platform and I’m on my way to go back to my hometown. As I travel around Japan, I would like to have Zero Waste Travel Challenge by using my reusable products. The situation of plastic wastes in Australia and Japan is quite different. The regulation to charge using plastic bags at grocery stores or convenience stores had postponed by government while lightweight plastic bags in supermarkets is banned in Victoria from 1st of November, 2019. I hope this action and step that I take can build awareness of using reusable products among my family, friends and so on. I will surely enjoy my holiday in Japan in sustainable way.


Laurelyn Scicluna's picture


After studying a bachelor in marine environmental science I became aware of numerous anthropogenic impacts on the marine ecosystem. One of the current issues is plastic pollution entering into waterways and then into the ocean. For one of our projects, a group of us came up with the concept of PLASTINO. The main aim of this concept was to: 1. Reduce our own personal plastic intake 2. Help others do the same via education 3. Promote better recycling practices


Yueheng Hu's picture


Reducing the use of disposable produces in daily life, in order to reduce the pollution to the environment.



Ayana Iwamoto | 10/07/2019 - 15:31

Love the colour:)


Akshatha Chindalur's picture


1. Reduce the purchase of plastic goods. 2. Reuse cloth/paper/plastic. 3. To buy only recyclable items.


Chloe Merbis's picture

conscious food choice

I am going to continue with my plant based diet - for environmental and ethical reasons. As the animal agricultural industry is a main contributer to green house gas emissions alongside the dairy industry which requires a lot more water and grain growing than other milk alternatives. Aswell as this I am sourcing my food from local producers (organic) or my own vege garden. This cuts the transportation emissions aswell as the terrible chemicals used on monoculture non-organic crops which leads to desertification of soil.


Angelica Di Camillo's picture


Using more efficient means of energy to reduce carbon emission and other harmful greenhouse gases. I aim to move away from using fossil fuels such as petrol in cars or gas for electricity. I will ride my bike to uni and work to avoid using my car, as well as, eat more healthy plant based raw foods that require minimal cooking, electricity and resources to grow. Additionally, be more conscious of energy use including turning off unnecessary lights and power points, waking up with the sun to be more productive during natural light hours and being more organised and efficient with use. I want to half the amount of petrol I use weekly, and half the home electricity bill. We must all be aware of our ecological footprint and the way we live our lives as it significantly impacts the environment around us. It's making small changes like this that are not only beneficial for the environment, but also for our own bodies and mental health.



Ved Walde | 11/14/2020 - 11:38

Good effort !



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