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SDG 14: Sustainable oceans

Lidia Adissadikin's picture

Bring your favourite bag

To always remember to bring at least one small reusable bag along with me when I head out of home. I also think that we should properly plan and strategise where and what will we be going and doing in order to plan up ahead how many reusable bag we need to bring along.


Meg Grigarius's picture


We've all heard it before... throughout primary school, high school, Uni and even at work. But how far do we take this catchy slogan? It wasn't until last year and the beginning of this year that I really thought about the 3 R's in depth. I learnt a great deal more about what it really meant, in both your personal life and the wider community. As a step that I have been following for the past year I have developed the concept further to fit in with my journey towards sustainable living. It goes; REDUCE - Consumption?? How much do I consume, daily to monthly, to even yearly. Fast-fashion was a really concerning topic for me. The industry is the epitome of a throwaway mindset. Clothes are made for next to nothing with exported labour costs worryingly low, using the cheapest, generally toxic materials at rapid paces. The used resources like the amount of water, the cotton, and after that the Co2 emissions that are unleashed make for an environmental catastrophe. Clothes being perhaps my most common buys - This year I am saying NO to the fast-fashion industry, YES to what I already have, to vintage/secondhand, to clothing swaps and more. To buying what I need, and not to the shiny new things. This leads us into the next R, REUSE: Looking at what I already have, and finding something new in them everyday, tending and fixing things that might break or tear and most of all being appreciative of the abundance of luxuries I've been lucky enough to have. It put me in a mindset that I already have everything I need to be happy, everything else is just a luxury! *A luxury that I cherish Restyling outfits had me pulling things out from 5 years ago, that I absolutely love now. RECYCLE; I found myself thinking about recycling as a last resort, because if your can recycle things again personally, it's really just reusing? This Christmas I wrapped my presents in cut- offs from material we had lying around. Most of the material was given back to me, where I can now use that for other projects or to wrap presents again. What once was a recycling event has turned to a reuse! Evidently, this is much more a first world problem where consumption is at a all time high. But reusing can be applied to almost anything, and doesn't always have to mean a major change. Reusing works hand in hand with reducing, as long as I'm committed to buying minimal and necessity (which will be different for everyone). I pledge to continue finding ways to infiltrate all 3 within my life and my surrounding community.


Alexandra Barron's picture

Contain It!

Beginning with products such as flour, sugar, grains, nuts/seeds and legumes, I will use glass/plastic containers in my home for food storage. When I shop for these products I will ensure I buy bulk, refilling these containers, in order to reduce the single-use plastics in which they are usually sold in supermarkets.


Piper Blake's picture

War on waste

I aim to reduce my impact on the environment by cutting out all unnecessary plastics, including plastic bags, bottles, coffee cups, disposable cutlery and straws. I will also try to pick up and properly dispose of at least 30 pieces of rubbish a week in a small step towards containing the current plastic crisis.



Ahmet Cem Erdem | 03/18/2019 - 16:30

I really love it when people do such things for someone else's trash. I know their motivation is beyond this perspective which is very inspiring to me to protect our planet. Have fun!


Ahmet Cem Erdem's picture

Clean that habit

Every day, we have a hygiene routine, including brushing teeth, mouth-washing and using deodorant. The substances in regular toothpaste and mouthwash are selected to provide good oral care. However, when we look at the synthetic chemicals included in these products, they could have long lasting adverse effects on the environment and human health. Some of them are toxic to different organisms, and some are not readily biodegradable with possibly irreversible effects on the biodiversity and more pollutants in our drinking water. Another daily used product is deodorants, which usually come in disposable plastic containers or aerosol cans. These materials are eventually thrown into landfill or the ocean, and pressurised cans are known to have an impact on the climate change. I am taking a step to cut my habits that are harmful for the oceans, and use an environmentally-friendly toothpaste, oil pulling as a substitute for mouthwash and sodium bicarbonate as a replacement for deodorants.


Danyun Lu's picture

Steel Straws

Plastic straws are convenience when drinking. However, it caused ocean pollution and killed many sea animals. So I will use steel straws instead of plastic straws, which is recycling. Also, I will suggest my friends not to use the plastic straws to protect environment.


Will Richards's picture

keep that cup

Only use reusable coffee cups and food packaging to limit my use of one use plastics.


Daniel Starcevich's picture

Organise a beach cleanup

I would like to organise a beach cleanup with my friends to help protect the marine life of Port Philip Bay


jemima carver's picture


Reduce my waste by taking a drink bottle with me wherever I go instead of buying water, bring my own take away containers to use as doggy bags at restaurants and only buy second hand clothing.


Meg Grigarius's picture

Farmers Markets

Farmers markets have so many positives that will help me in becoming a step closer to sustainable living. A personal goal of mine is to reach 0 single-use plastic consumption, as well as the reduction of plastic in the bathroom and kitchen. In many mainstream supermarkets plastic comes in abundance with produce that naturally has a protective layer like bananas coming wrapped in plastic! More often than not farmers markets make efforts to reduce their plastic and usually sell the produce fresh and raw - the way it should be. The produce being fresh is a plus for our health, but as it travels from the local farms, CO2 emissions are not as significant compared to what a regular supermarket are likely to produce. Additionally, you are supporting local farmers and their livelihoods, where they have much more flexibility in setting their own prices. Lastly, it brings together the community, where people are able to socialise, give each other sustainable tips and talk about what they have been working on - where healthy communities are vital in propelling a sustainable future! So in understanding the effects of all these positives I am eager to take this step and make time to go to my local farmers markets where I pledge to continue eliminating single-use plastics from my life



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