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SDG 3: Good health and wellbeing

Nicholas Alexopoulos's picture

stop fast fashion purchases

One of the things that a lot of people don't realize is how wasteful and socially unethical fast fashion is. According to the World Watch Institute it takes approximately 2,700 liters of water just to make one cotton t-shirt, correlating to an amount of drinking water that accommodates one person for 900 days. The cotton industry itself is responsible for 24% of the world's insecticide use and 11% of its pesticides. Not only this, it takes on average 10,000 liters of water to produce just one kilogram of cotton. So it is our responsibility to quit fast fashion and support more sustainable and ethical brands. The likes of Adidas, Nike, Uniqlo, Rip Curl, H&M, Cotton On, Primark, Wish and Urban Outfitters (plus many many more) are associated with at least one of the following disastrous social and environmental impacts: 1. The use of toxic chemicals 2. The severe contamination of water used for washing and drinking 3. The failure to care about animal rights - use of animal products for clothing (leather, fur etc.) 4. The use of child and forced labor 5. The violation of labor rights 6. Poor working conditions and unfair wages - prioritizing profits over individual wellbeing's 7. The authorization of unsafe factories 8. Failure to protect the environment and all natural resources The overproduction and overconsumption of cheap disposable clothing is due to the ever present clothing trends present throughout social media, magazines and online articles. Unfortunately a large sum of people succumb to cheap, new and trendy clothing, and therefore ultimately support the conditions in which these fashion brands uphold. Therefore, as consumers we have the opportunity to care more about the environment, how our clothes are made and the people who made them. We can do this by: 1. Buying less - asking ourselves if we really need this new piece of clothing. 2. Buying higher-quality clothing 3. Buying from ethical and sustainable brands - eg. Patagonia, Kathmandu, Pact, NICO, Etiko 4. Avoiding fashion trends 5. Buying secondhand 6. Re-using, repurposing and up-cycling


Shinta Nourma's picture


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.


Reshveny Sanmugam's picture

Healthy ageing

With the global pandemic, there was a rise in digital innovation and an increase usage of technology. The one group that are affected by this would be the elderly due to the lack of understanding of technology. Learning should not be restricted to a certain age group. I pledge to include elderly in our community and educate them on the basic digital and financial literacy to gain control over their finances and work. I would learn the right way to educate elderly and others on this and hope to one day extend it to all people regardless of age, gender or race. It would be great to see youths and elderly working alongside and helping each other.


Peiyi Chen's picture


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


Athira Krishna's picture

Athira Krishna Go Vegan

I have been trying to incorporate a vegan-friendly meal plan for 3 months. I have been avoiding red meats and dairy products in my diet. I am also trying to incorporate a well - balanced meal plan. I would like to reduce the consumption of meats in total and also try to produce my own veggies. I have been growing some coriander, parsley, silverbeet, thyme and lettuce in my garden. I would like to stick to a sustainably sourced meal plan also create awareness in others. I am also planning to launch an Instagram page where I would promote my knowledge of veganism with talks and real-life inspired stories from dietary vegan following individuals.


Kyle Robertson's picture


I am passionate about creating a sustainable future for us to live in. This involves reducing my waste as much as possible. I have lived in an apartment for the last six months, making composting quite difficult. I am now in a living situation that accomodates composting and would like to begin to compost all organic food and garden waste. I already reduce my dairy, meat, fish, and animal product intake to improve my environmental footprint. The next step is to recycle the organic waste that I produce as part of reducing my environmental footprint further.


Olivia Henricus's picture

more greens, less meat!

Food production is a major driver of wildlife extinction. According to World Wildlife Fund, what we eat contributes to around a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions and is responsible for 60% of the global diversity loss. This is why I have decided to move away from a meat-dominated diet to a more plant-based diet. I am going to eat sustainably sourced foods, buying from local produce in order to support local farmers and small businesses where possible. To start out, I will cut down my red meat consumption from 5 days a week to 2 days a week and after a month, further cut down to no meat. In addition, I am going to look out for the fair trade certification seal on foods to ensure I am not only tackling the issue of the conservation of the environment, but also poverty and poor working conditions.


Carlo Gigante's picture

no meat week

I will stop eating meat on any of the weekdays. By changing my habits to include buying my fruit and vegetable produce from local sellers and supporting the local economy, going for a weekly shop rather than each day to reduce my energy consumption, using recycled bags and avoiding plastics I will eat more diverse and better quality food, from more sustainable sources at a cheaper cost! WIN! WIN! WIN!


Joseph Dal Bosco's picture

Ride my bike to work regularly

Like many others around the world, I have rediscovered the joys of cycling during this pandemic. Whilst going out for my daily exercise, I discovered the local bike path just around the corner that goes straight to my workplace. It seemed ludicrous that I wasn’t even aware of the facilities in my own backyard, but it can be explained by the fact that Australia doesn’t really have a culture of using cycling as a mode of transport. I want to be part of the change that shows that cycling doesn't just have to be for recreation, but also as a useful mode of transport that is more sustainable, cheaper, provides health benefits and reduces petrol consumption.


scott gordon's picture


My pledge is to grow more of my own vegetables sustainably at home by building wicking beds out of primarily recycled materials. Growing your own food helps to reduce our environmental footprint by eliminating transport and packaging requirements, and often uses less water and energy than industrially produced food. Furthermore, it can be cheaper than buying vegetables from the supermarket in the long-term. Wicking beds are a type of waterproofed planter where soil is suspended above a layer of water, allowing plants to draw water up through their roots as required, as opposed to relying on rainfall or irrigation. This reduces the amount of water required for successful growth, suppresses weeds by keeping the topmost layer of soil dry (thus negating the need for herbicides) and improves plant health by maintaining consistent moisture levels. The primary impediment to wicking beds is that typically they require large amounts of new plastic in order to waterproof the planters, and they are more expensive than typical beds. I have recently helped to build a traditional wicking bed and have observed its effectiveness – particularly in growing leafy greens that can be difficult to manage in Australia’s hot, dry climate. My proposal is to see if recycled wine barrels (cut in half) can be used as a way to create effective wicking beds while increasing the usage of recycled materials and reducing cost. Wine barrels would negate the need for expensive, energy intensive plastic to be used for waterproofing, and reduce the overall cost of the wicking bed itself. Furthermore, if the idea is successful, it could be adapted to other used items, such as metal drums or even bathtubs. As such, I think my pledge could contribute to various sustainable development goals, most notably: 2) zero hunger, by increasing people’s ability to grow nutritious food, 6) clean water, by reducing water usage required for food production, 12) responsible consumption and production, by reducing usage of environmentally costly products (particularly herbs and leafy greens that are typically packaged in plastic) and 13) climate action.



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