Smarter Drinking, Smarter Thinking





Whether you’re a coffee lover or you simply just drink it for the social side, you might not realise how much harm you’re doing by simply grabbing a takeaway coffee at your local café.

Did you know that half of the world’s plastic goes into products that are only used once? And that 1 million plastic-lined disposable coffee cups end up in landfill every minute around the world?

We are all aware of the harmful effect plastic and non-reusable products do to our environment. This is not a sustainable way to live. But thankfully, it’s easy to change.

Luckily we have companies and organisations, both here and around the world, that see this as a serious issue. They are taking control by creating reusable and sustainable products that consumers can purchase which will help eliminate the amount they are wasting every day.

The real solution is for all of us to use sustainable products.

And a reusable coffee cup is an easy way to start!

Although reusable cups have a bigger initial environmental impact than paper ones when they’re first made, over time they become more resource-efficient than throwaway cups.

Since a re-usable coffee mug or tumbler is designed to be used about 3,000 times in its life, it provides about eight years of use for the average one-cup-a-day coffee drinker. That represents a substantial reduction in the environmental impact compared with 3,000 throw-away cups. For a 3-cup-a-day drinker that’s a saving of 9,000 throw away cups!

Online Companies like Think Cup, Frank Green and Keep Cup don’t just provide a reusable quality product they also provide eco fashionable merchandise that can been seen as a ‘trendy’ product.

But if buying online is not your thing, next time you need a coffee fix, check out your local cafes as many now sell their own branded or neutral reusable tumblers in store. Plus some grocery and gift stores are now also stocking them. And they make great gifts!

Though consumers have to fork out between $12-30 for the initial purchase of a reusable coffee cup, they will love the secure lid that prevents spillage. Plus they never get too hot to hold, like many plastic-lined paper cups do.

But one of the biggest bonus for consumers is that they will more than get their initial money outlay back as more and more cafes are giving a good discount when you bring your own cup.


It’s important for each of us to be constantly thinking:

* Where was this made?

* What was it made with?

* And what will happen when I dispose it?

Sustainability is a new way of thinking and something we are all still learning.

We need to show everyone as a community that sustainable products are easy to purchase, money-saving, comfortable to use and look great!

But above all, much healthier for this beautiful planet we all share!



From creating this video, I learnt a lot about sustainable products!

When it came to editing and putting the video together I learnt how to edit the audio on Garage Band and import it into iMovie, I would have to say this was one of the most difficult parts when putting the video together. When filming I used my iPhone and I am satisfied with the quality of the media. I enjoyed putting this together as I didn’t just learn a lot about sustainable products, but I also learnt more on how to edit different material together. I feel as though each time I created a video I become more confident in doing it and learning along the way from my mistakes.



Year 13 – Audio Story



From this assessment I have learnt a few things, the main thing I have learnt is how to plan for an audio story, I thought about what the main idea and topic was going to be, how I was going to put it all together and what I wanted my end result to look like. I also learnt how to use garage band which I never had used before.

The strengths in my audio story would have to be the interview which is nice and lengthy and I feel as those the questions were answered nicely, on the downside my audio was not as good as I planned as it was all recorded off my iPhone.



Part 2: : Syrian Journey

The news story I have chosen to review and analyse is the ‘Syrian Journey’ published on the BBC website. ( This story can be viewed by all audiences, as it is an occurring issue that the whole world is aware of and constantly hearing about on all news networks.

The technique used to tell the story is very unique and is different to many other new stories. The reason being is that is it a virtual journey of what it would be like escaping the war in Syria.

You go through step by step what decisions and risks you would take for you and your family to try and survive the journey to Europe. This is happening every day in Syria and it is usually hard to truly understand the hardship these people are going through trying to get to safety. This way of telling a story is very innovative as it’s a new way of looking at the issue.

We hear all the time about what goes on in Syria but this form of hearing about it helps us get a better understanding of the real dilemmas the refugees face when fleeing Syria.

This technique of telling a story is highly effective as it engages the reader and puts them into the story. Like many other articles we just read and see the story sometimes doesn’t sink in but this way of telling the story makes us feel for the person in the situation and we get an understanding of what the individuals in the story are dealing with and what is going on when fleeing from a war.

The viewing of this story is overall a good presentation, it is fast and clear with great illustrations that take you through the story and help describe the situation. Overall a quality news story that does a great job of including and engaging the audience in the story.






Reflection Media Projects

With completing my 6 media projects I have learnt on how to manage a project and complete with in a set time. For each of my six projects I pre planed what I was aiming the result to look like and then went from there overall I am happy with my projects although If I had more time I would of done more photo stories.