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Reduce, reuse, recycle! From primary school the 3Rs were drilled into our brains in an effort to make us more sustainable. But what if I told you there’s another R we can add to the list? That’s right — refuse.

Refusing to consume unsustainable goods is a simple yet powerful tool towards an environmentally-friendly future. This applies to anything we purchase, but particularly to plastic objects and packaging.
Refuse
– Bring a KeepCup – you’ll get 50c off at Vic Books as an added bonus (insert: joke about money spent on coffee consumption)
– Borrow a plate or a mug from Plastic Diets on Wednesdays (in the Hub) and get a lil’ extra for your buck at Krishna food
– Carry a recyclable bag with you
– Say no to plastic straws
Reduce
– Cycle/walk/carpool/bus/train to campus
– Print double-sided
– Turn the lights off when you’re not in a room
– Choose products with less plastic packaging
– Unplug appliances that aren’t in use
– Reduce food waste
Reuse
– Bring food from home in reusable containers, rather than buying plastic wrapped food
– Use a reusable water bottle
Recycle
– Sort your waste in to the right bins and recycle as much as you can
– If you can’t recycle your waste, compost it – use the compost bin outside Krishna foods while they’re open 11.30–2.30pm, or set up one at home

Other sustainable habits:
– Buy local – try the fruit and veg co-op or go to the markets! (Fruit and Veg market outside the Hub on Wednesday’s or the weekend markets in Newtown, Willis St or the waterfront)
– Use cold water for washing your clothes
Lots of small changes come together to make the world of difference. Let’s look after our planet, starting now.
Reduce, reuse, recycle, and refuse!

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:   I wanted to write this piece, in order to connect to all tauira within the University, with the hope that we can all remind ourselves that we are a part of an environment which is valuable, no matter our culture, our beliefs or our skin colour. The ultimate purpose of this