How I walk in the world
I am committed to implementing and improving the ways in which I live and work to help reduce my footprint and impact of what I do on the environment.
This is my personal eco-pledge
Travel and meetings
- avoid unnecessary travel by making use of instant messaging, video and audio conferencing, telephone and email.
- walk or cycle to attend meetings and site visits wherever practically possible.
Recycling and re-using
- recycle as much waste material as possible.
- avoid the use of paper wherever possible and use Cloud (electronic storage) instead of print files and folders.
- use recycled paper in my printer.
- reuse waste paper (from the printer) where possible, making use of the blank side for notes etc.
- reuse printed paper wherever possible and using double sided paper rather than single-sided paper to reduce waste.
- recycle equipment that is no longer of use to me.
- continue to recycle clothes with my friends so I help limit the amount of clothing going to landfill.
- continue to gift items in good condition to local op shops so they can be reused and raise money for not for profit organisations.
- challenge myself to re-use, re-condition or repair recycled items.
- reduce my consumption of energy by purchasing energy efficient equipment.
- keep my energy usage low. For example, making use of low energy light bulbs and ensuring that computers are shut down after work.
- turn off lights and fans when I leave rooms not being used.
- minimise my use of air-conditioning.
- use coffee cups that can be washed and reused instead of paper, one-use and disposable cups.
- review our use of solar at home to improve its output whenever possible (and look at investment in batteries).
- purchase products made from renewable sources, sustainable plantations and eco-friendly supplies (e.g. recycled paper for printers).
- purchase products with a lower environmental impact. For example, environmentally safe and non-toxic soaps, detergents and cleaning products.
- continue to purchase second-hand items from garage sales, markets and op-shops to help prolong items’ useful life.
Care for the environment
- maintain a predominantly plant-based diet and opt for meat free food at least 4 days a week.
- visit and enjoy the outdoors by responsibly visiting local and state national parks once a month.
- compost my household food waste.
- use a reusable bottle, reusable bag, reusable flask or drink cup and food containers.
- avoid single-use plastic wherever possible.
- not support global companies which damage the environment.
- get involved in local community initiatives to clear litter from parks, gardens and beaches.
- recycle all cans, bottles and cartons that we use in our household at the local container recycling facility.
- continue to pick up litter when I go walking on the local tracks and beaches.
- take my soft plastics to the recycling collections points at local supermarkets.
- encourage my children to learn as much as they can about the rainforest, the reef, the beaches and FNQ, so they can take even bigger steps in the future to protect our natural world.
- teach my children to respect and care for their environment by including learning through play and acquiring knowledge through experiences.
You are welcome to use my pledge as a template or a starting point for your own.