How to dispose of masks properly

Ever since the mask law was mandated here in Melbourne, people are just dumping them all over the place in the park and elsewhere. They are meant to be single-use masks but they should be disposed of properly.

Why is it bad and illegal to dump them all over the ground like this?

It is bad for both the environment and humans for the mask to be dumped like that. A human could step on it and come into contact with it and then there is 50% chance of them getting the virus. Moreover particles from the mask goes into the air making it likely for people to catch the virus.

It is bad for the environment because many birds, wildlife and sea animals think that its food and then they choke on it and they starve to death. Our wildlife is almost in extinction and this is one way to increase that risk.

There should be really hefty fines for people that do that sort of thing, higher than the littering fine.

How to dispose of them?

In the park, there are many bins. Around the bin area, many councils offer dog poo bags. You can use these dog poo bags to put your mask in and then you need to tie it tightly so that germs do not escape. And then you dump it in the bins provided.

Otherwise when you are at the supermarket you should take more plastic bags at the produce section and remember to take them with you everywhere you go. It’s the same as before.

If you are at home follow all of the above and dump your mask into the general waste bin.

If you can’t be bothered to throw it out each time, then why not invest in a fabric mask. It is much better in terms of comfort and then you just need to wash it each time. You can machine wash them with your clothes

5 reasons why I don’t have a car

And I’m happy not to.

We all like to have a car for convenience or getting around but there are some people just like myself that live close to everything and so I don’t really need a car. I live close to the city and close to shops and public transport.

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Cars are expensive to drive

You have to buy the car and then you have to pay for things like petrol, registration, maintainance etc. I just don’t have the money to do all that.

In the current COVID environment we need money for other things

Driving a car pollutes the environment

All the smoke from the cars exhaust will pollute the environment and it is toxic for people to breathe in.

Having a car means that you can go places (and break the rules).

Without a car I cannot go everywhere. I wouldn’t be able to visit regional Victoria without a car as there are not many train services to regional Victoria

Having a car means that there is less opportunity for exercise

If I had a car I would not be able to walk everywhere and I want to walk everywhere. I love the exercise and fresh air. When I go to the shops I like to use my arms and carry everything home myself.

As a runner I am used to travelling long distances.

Not having a car means that I can be more accountable

Having a car means that it is private and people can’t see you. This would mean that we cannot see the potential rule-breakers. In the past week, alone over 100 fines have been issued in Victoria for breaches of COVID rules

100 Gallon challenge

This challenge is about saving water. I found it on the University of Nebraska site. We need to start saving water now for the future. If we keep on using water the way that we do, then our dams will dry out and we will be in a drought.

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We use more water than we actually need. Some of us flush sanitary products and other waste other than the toilet paper in the toilet. Some of us take more than four minute showers particularly if we have really long hair. And the some of us rinse our dishes before it goes in the dishwasher. There are some of us that brush our teeth with the water running.

Here are some ways to save water:

Rinsing your dishes before it goes in the dishwasher uses up 5 gallons per load. Not rinsing them saves water. So next time you have a meal, finish your plate and scrape all the leftovers off it and then put it in the dishwasher

When you brush your teeth don’t let the water run. Just use it to rinse your mouth and wash your toothbrush

Don’t flush anything else other than toilet paper into the toilet. You block the toilet and you waste water that way. Instead put a bin in your bathroom for anything other than toilet paper

Use a timer for the shower if you take really long ones

If you are watering outside, use a hose and not the automatic sprinkler. The automatic sprinkler wastes a lot of water

On washing day, wash a full load of clothes and not half a load. Doing that will save water.

The effects of urbanization on our health

As part of the Sustainable Living Festival we talk about the effects of urbanisation on our health.

As our population grows so does our carbon footprint and our land. Immigrants come from all over the world and there are more immigrants now in Melbourne and Australia. People move from the rural areas to the cities in order to find better jobs. More trees in our forests are being cut down to make way for new land and houses. This means that our biodiversity is dying. Urbanisation causes a lot of strain on our health and money and here are a few things as to why.

Air pollution

Industrialization has created a lot of air pollution. People that live in big cities tends to be exposed to a lot more pollution. People drive everywhere and this produces some of the pollution. Other pollutants can include factory fumes, dust from buildings being built and demolition. This is a health problem as we don’t have as much clean air.

Everything is fast paced as companies want things cheaper. The cost of manufacturing is high and the prices have gone up on our food supply and other utilities.

Urbanised diets

People that live in big cities tend to be exposed to a lot more junk food and food is always at their convenience. Hence this has lead to more diseases as people lack in good nutrition. In every street corner there is always a fast food joint and some of them are 24 hours, like McDonalds.

Poor people cannot afford fresh food due to monetary issues. As such our health care costs are higher due to the higher rates of obesity and mortality.

Sedentary lifestyles

Living in the city means that people sit more and move less. People also drive to everywhere rather than bike or tram it.

Development of slums

Whilst Melbourne is lucky not to have such things, other places like India and third world countries have slums where people live in because they are poor. The cost of urbanisation as well as high unemployment rates have left people poor. Hence there are more squatters and slums than ever before.

Climate change

Because of this urbanisation we have had many warmer days. The Uk has had an abnormally warm summer last year. This year we have had the hazy season due to the bushfires.