mydidjfootprint-finalMy DIDJ Footprint is an iDIDJ Australia initiative focused on behaviours we can alter and actions we can take. Cultural integrity, environmental impacts, and sustainability issues are presented.


Re-use and recycle, think global act local, food miles, didgeridoo miles. do you make your own didgeridoo from local cheap materials with minimal energy, water and carbon footprint? Or are your didgeridoos imported?


Local timber used? Harmful chemicals used? The true cost of chemicals used such as varnishes, epoxies, glues, sealants, and paints. How much energy consumed to make per didgeridoo and the breakdown of it in terms of component consisting of 1) grid or local generator electricity 2) human biomechanical energy. Is your production method more of an industrial process with heavy machinery use or more of an artisanal activity using hand tools or a combination of the two?




Community Organisations


Water Actions

Read through the sustainability actions below and tick the actions that you have already completed; Then decide on some new actions to commit to – so tick some new actions – or add your own new actions in the custom action areas below. If you do not wish to do some actions or if they are not relevant to you, just leave them blank. When you have completed or committed to 12 or more actions you will earn your online badge! Simple.

Choose AAA or higher water efficient appliances

Check for leaking taps and fittings – both inside and outside your home

Install a rainwater tank

Use a water saving shower head ie, AAA 7-9 L/minute

Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth

Take shorter showers and use a shower timer – 4 minutes and less

Divert your water from your washing machine to be used on your non edible garden plants (not veggie garden!)

Collect water in a bucket from shower while water is heating (can be used to flush toilet or on garden)

Wash fruit/vegetables in a bowl, then reuse the water on the garden

Use greywater safe detergents and cleaning products in the kitchen, laundry and bathroom

Use dishwasher and washing machine only when you have a full load

Use a dual flush toilet – and only flush when necessary

Use a trigger nozzle to water your garden

Only water your garden on your allowed days (see water restrictions) and before or after sunset

Plant your garden with local, native plants or drought tolerant species eg. succulents as well as plant vegies and fruit trees

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Energy Action

When replacing appliances, if possible choose electrical appliances with 4 stars or higher energy rating

Lighting – use compact fluorescent or LED bulbs

Insulate your home – ceiling (you can also do your floor and walls)-min 3.7R for Ceiling, Min R2.2 for Walls

Install draught/weather proofing around windows and doors & draught stopper over ceiling exhaust fans

Install external shading or deciduous tree to north, east and west windows

Use curtains and external blinds to block out radiant heat from sunlight on hot days and to keep house warm in winter.

Zone your heating and cooling – ie only heat or cool that rooms that are being used and close off other areas

For cooling use a fan – rather than air conditioner (evap or refridge)

For summer cooling set temperature to between 24-27 deg

Choose an efficient heating system – gas is more efficient than electric (choose a high efficiency heating system – at least 4.5 star)

For winter heating set temperature to between 18 -21 deg

Switch your home to Government Accredited 100% GreenPower

Install solar panels and sell electricity back to the grid!

Turn off electronic appliances at power point – do not leave on standby

Use an efficient hot water system eg. gas instantaneous, solar (gas boosted) or electric heat pump

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Sustainable Transport Action

Walk trips under 1km

Use your bike for trips under 5kms

Encourage children to walk/ride to school

Use public transport – trams, trains and buses

Avoid one person car trips whenever possible

Avoid short car trips

Car pool to work/events

Avoid unnecessary car trips – combine multiple tasks in the one car trip

Consider using a car sharing company rather than buying a car

Consider down-sizing your car (eg. from a 6 cylinder to a 4 cylinder)

Buy a second-hand car to avoid the added resource use to produce a new car

Look for fuel efficient options when buying a car eg. 4-cylinder, hybrid or electric vehicle

Regularly service your car

Offset your flights at a reputable site that invests in renewable energy technologies

Avoid air travel as much as possible eg. holiday locally

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Gardening Actions

Record sun/shade, slope and soil variation in your garden and plant accordingly

Group plants according to their water, sun and soil needs

Create habitat using logs, ponds, dense foliage, nectar producing plants and nest boxes

Regularly add organic matter (compost/manure/seaweed ) to your soil

Compost or mulch lawn clippings and prunings rather than add to landfill

Use mulch on garden beds to reduce water loss

Retain rainwater in your garden using permeable surfaces, ponds and rain gardens

Use local indigenous plants as they use less water and attract wildlife

Remove invasive weeds from your garden before they spread

Avoid chemical sprays as they kill beneficial insects use companion planting techniques instead

Avoid synthetic fertilizers as they can burn roots and often environmentally harmful to produce

Make garden beds bigger and lawns smaller

Have a dedicated rain water tank for watering the garden

Water efficiently, don’t water if rain is expected

Use greywater from the home eg. from washing machine on plants (but not on veggie garden)

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Sustainable Food Actions

Only buy seasonal produce

Grow fruit, vegetables and herbs at home

Share your excess produce with your neighbours/ friends

Learn how to preserve your produce

Choose locally grown/produced food – consider the ‘food miles’ of everything you buy

Eat less meat and dairy

Buy certified organic products if possible eg. eggs and leafy greens

Use a community garden

Choose less processed foods

Get involved in a local food swap

Join a local food co-op

Eat less seafood and choose sustainable and local options – refer to the AMCS Sustainbale Seafood Guide.

Buy certified fair trade products where appropriate eg. coffee and chocolate

Save your seeds from your veggie garden and swap with friends or join a seed bank/swap

Check labels to avoid genetically modified ingredients eg. canola oil. And unethical food eg. unsustainable Palm Oil

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Rubbish & Recycling Actions

Avoid creating waste – by only buying what you really need

Buy second-hand items rather than new

Repair rather than replace

Use your own reusable shopping bags and avoid plastic bags

When shopping, avoid unnecessary packaging

Use your recycle bin and recycle all you can – paper, cardboard, tins, cans, glass bottles and jars, hard plastics (types 1-7)

Recycle electrical waste, mobile phones, batteries, light globes, cds, toner and ink cartridges

Buy good quality items – so that they will last – with good after market manufacturer support

Buy in bulk to avoid excess individual packaging

Recycle your green garden waste in your green waste bin or home compost bin

Recycle your own food waste using a compost bin/bokashi bin, worm farm or a green cone

Opt out of receiving a paper telephone directory eg. yellow pages

Opt out of receiving paper bills from service providers eg. banks, receive these electronically instead

Store information electronically, go paperless

Consider the embodied energy and water in the products that you buy

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** Above actions adapted from