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“CHINA HAS STOPPED TAKING OUR RUBBISH… NOW WHAT?!”

Leyla Acaroglu – Paper vs. Plastic

Most of us want to do the right thing when it comes to the environment. But things aren’t as simple as opting for the paper bag, says sustainability strategist Leyla Acaroglu. A bold call for us to let go of tightly-held green myths and think bigger in order to create systems and products that ease strain on the planet.

Al Gore – New Thinking On The Climate Crisis

Al Gore presents evidence that the pace of climate change may be even worse than scientists recently predicted. He challenges us to act.

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

This is not about animal rights. This is about the environmental impact of agriculture! It’s time to get real with the facts. The full documentary is available on Netflix, or you can watch this version which has been made available on Youtube – equipped with handy Spanish subtitles!

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

ALBERT EINSTEIN PHYSICIST

Behavioural & Consumer Decisions:

  • Assess which sustainability hack that works for you and commit to it
  • Understand that it takes between 21 – 66 days to build a habit
  • We may need to remind ourselves with post-it notes and reminders on our phone
  • Be mindful of quantities of food you are buying
  • Buy products that last longer
  • Use biodegradable pads
  • Buy bamboo toothbrushes
  • Take bags to the supermarket
  • Get a keep cup and remember to take it
  • Get a metal drink bottle instead of regularly buying bottled water
  • Order less takeaway
  • Take a container to the shop you’re getting your takeaway from
  • Be careful of your lettuce
  • Discontinue using disposable razors
  • Use greener cleaning products – such as vinegar, bicarb and lemon juice, or natural soap.

Energy Consumption:

  • Reduce meat intake – one hamburger takes x amount of water
  • Use the dishwasher less often –  every time you run your dishwasher you could be using as much as 15 – 20 litres of water.
  • Shorten showers – 15L of water is used per minute that we shower!
  • Switch your shower head – did you know that changing your old shower head to a new water efficient one changes your water use from 12-15 litres per minute to 7 litres per minute?
  • Catch public transport more often
  • Turn off appliances and lights that you’re not using
  • Install energy-efficient appliances
  • Use a programmable thermostat that lowers or raises the temperature when you’re not home
  • Set your thermostat lower than usual in the winter and bundle up
  • Open windows to allow a breeze instead of turning on the air conditioning
  • Hang clothes to dry instead of using the dryer
  • Use an electric teakettle rather than a stovetop kettle to boil water
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs)
  • Steam your clothes with shower steam – before a shower, pop your crumpled garment on a hanger, then suspend from the shower curtain. The shower steam will miraculously de-wrinkle your clothes. It’s a massive time and energy-saving alternative to ironing, and enviro-harming dry-cleaning practices. Thanks, Carson from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy for this tip!
  • Consider your clothes washing practices – depending on the type of washing machine you have, you could be using anywhere between 72 – 140 litres just to wash your clothes. There are also alternatives like this one out.

Food & Paper Waste:

Did you know approximately HALF of every households waste is organic matter?

  • Composting.
  • Worried about rats? Try a rolling compost instead of a normal compost.
  • If you’re concerned about the smell of compost… worry not, there are solutions for that too! 
  • Get a worm farm – it might sound gross but when your household greens are broken down in your worm farm NO greenhouse gasses are released into the atmosphere. … Worm castings are the best fertiliser for your garden, they are 100% natural. You are reducing the amount of space needed at your local landfill. 
  • Say no thank you to receipts – did you know they aren’t recyclable?
  • Use less paper towel
  • Ask your banks to stop sending you paper statements
  • Cancelling all junk mail  “no junk mail” on your letter box or Register on the Association for Data-driven Marketing & Advertising’s (ADMA) ‘Do Not Mail’ register to stop receiving mail from any businesses you don’t currently deal with.

Oxygen.

Thought Leaders

Leyla Acaroglu

Sustainability Champion of the world in 2016.

Visit Leyla’s website here.

Daniel Christian Wahl

Brilliant thinker, academic and practitioner.

Read about his thoughts on sustainability here.

Joe Brewer

Very conscious and connected thought leader.

Check out his stories on Medium here.

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it”

ROBERT SWAN AUTHOR

Other Resources

Articles

Copy and paste the link below. It is an overview of what I think is the best theoretical framework for transitioning to a sustainable future. You may get some inspiration from reading some of the material.
https://design.cmu.edu/sites/default/files/Transition_Design_Monograph_final.pdf

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/26/bin-liners-to-takeaway-containers-ideas-to-solve-your-plastic-conundrums

https://www.earthtolife.com.au/collections/conscious-living

Petitions

WOOLWORTHS AND COLES:
END EXCESSIVE PLASTIC PACKAGING ON FRESH PRODUCE.

Stop Adani and the Carmichael mega-mine once and for all!

Services

Good On You
https://goodonyou.eco/

Etiko
Wear No Evil With Etiko | Fair Trade Fashion‎
www.etiko.com.au/Fairtrade/Clothing‎

Comments.

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3 Comments

  1. CHANAKA

    Hey guys,

    Just wondering where I could find the details of the guys that spoke the other night at the Environmental Revolution?

    Kind regards,

    Chanaka

    Reply
    • Max Lynam

      Hi Chanaka,
      Thanks for your comment, your passion and being part of our community 🙂

      Megs has flown up to speak at Renewfest and discuss social impact measurement with Byron Shire while she’s up there … so she’s been fairly pre-occupied with getting everything ready for that trip after Tuesday nights event.

      We’ll have the info from the event compiled and sent out to everyone next week.

      It was such an awesome night and you were part of that great experience – so really appreciated.
      Max

      Reply
      • Chanaka

        Thanks Max! No worries at all, look forward to it!

        Reply

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