1. Clothing Drive
This action was designed to implement a clothing drive with in IES Barcelona Abroad at the end of the semester. All students are encouraged to bring unwanted clothing of all types along with old shoes that were just going to be thrown away at the end of the semester. All collected clothing will be donated to The International Church of Barcelona (ICB), which is a religious organization here in Barcelona that reaches out to English speaking students and allows them to continue to connect with their religion affluence. This action focuses mainly on the advertising for this clothing drive but also incorporates how sustainable a clothing drive could be if carried out by IES Barcelona students.
1.2. Why this action makes things more sustainable?
It is estimated that an average American discards approximately 68 pounds, or approximately 30 kg, of old clothing per year. If every single American gets rid of that amount of clothing, it adds of up two quadrillion pounds of clothing that is being tossed into the already crowding landfills each year.
This action if carried out successfully is a prime example of the cradle to cradle design. People continuously throw away clothes because to them they become old. They feel as if they have worn them to dust and no longer have any use for them. However, what is deemed as trash to them can significantly benefit others if they choose to donate their old clothes. It estimated that in the United States alone there are approximately one million people who are homeless. What clothes that are rages for us, can be riches for these homeless people. The action incorporates the idea that clothing that becomes obsolete can be reincorporated to be reused again by somebody else.
The idea of a clothing drive is also sustainable because it promotes the idea of eco-efficiency. Eco-efficiency is the process of slowing down and halting the current problematic issues the environment is facing. Though not the best way to solve the problems (that would be more eco-effectiveness; which is changing the lifestyle) its a start. If people take part in this action, less clothes will be added to the over filled landfills. If less clothes are being thrown away there is more room for biodegradable items in the landfills, which is better for the environment anyway. Which goes along with decreasing IES Barcelona Abroads "ecological/ carbon footprint" as a whole. If every student donates one pieces of old clothing to this charity that is 450+ pieces of clothing that is not waste.
Making clothes from raw materials has a lot of downfalls. First it is costly in energy to run and maintain the factories. Second, a lot of water is needed to grow the raw materials (for example cotton) which can strain the amount of water in under developed countries where water is scarce. Also pestisides are released into the environment from these processes. A clothing drive in IES alone (though it is a very small amount) can help diminish these issues through reuse.
This action can also have an outlet in changes in attitudes. Students, if they donate, can feel a sense of self worth and engulf a feeling of giving back to Barcelona; kind of a thank you gift for the adventure they had in the city while they studied abroad here.
From the examples listed above, it is clear that reusing of clothes through donations to those who need it is has very sustainable aspects that can be a step in the right direction to helping the environment.
1.2.1. SWOT Analysis
1.2.2. Feedback loops
hanging of advertisements -> an increased number of people that know about the collection -> more people able to donate > more donations of clothes
> more people benefit from IES Barcelona students > less e-waste by IES Barcelona Abroad students crowding the landfills > more donated would allow less advertisement to be needed
- this loop would be considered a reinforcing loop with two negative causal loop
> emotional response > change in attitude by IES Barcelona students > more donations > less clothes thrown out by students in IES > no more need for advertisement
- this loop is considered a balancing loop
> collect unwanted clothing from students > less waste by IES students > giving back to the barcelona community> increase morale/ want to continue this action
- this loop would be considered a reinforcing loop because if you want to continue the action then you will create another clothing drive.
1.2.3. Potential Benefits
- reduce raw material consumption
- take old clothes off students hands so they don't bring them back to the states
- reduce IES Barcelona Abroads ecological footprint
- helps those in need
- gradually one step at a time reduce the amount of waste from IES Barcelona ABroad students by properly disposing of these clothes
- gives back to the Barcelona community - cradle to cradle design
1.2.4. Potential Costs
- time it takes to advertise, collect, package and delivery > boxes will probably have to be new (meaning money will be used here)
- not enough people will donate (risk)
- not all clothes donated will be able to be used because they might be damaged in some way or another
- paper used to advertise
- time from Ferran Teres and Cesar to approve and send my emails out
I have made a flyer and an email that will be sent out and posted to/for all IES Barcelona students to read and see. I have spoken with Ferran Terres who said he would pass both along to Cesar to be approved. If approved I will hang the flyers on the bulletin board on all floors of the IES building along with send out an email letting educating students on the clothing drive to come in the future. That will happen around April first. Ferran said he would send out my mass email for. Around the middle of April another reminder email will be sent. The last week in april boxes will be placed around the building for collection. Collection will be closed the week of finals. The clothes donated will then be collected and passed on to Tyler Changaris who said he would deliver all that is donated to the International Church of Barcelona to be distributed/ reused by those who need clothes.
1.3.1. "Cradle to Cradle" design
This action is an example of the "cradle to cradle" design as stated previous. All old clothes that become obsolete to students and or faculty in IES Barcelona Abroad will be donated and available for reuse for those who need it by the International Church of Barcelona. The premise for a "cradle to cradle" design is the fact that what is waste for somebody becomes essentially "food" for another. In terms of "food" for this action, clothing will be reused instead of being thrown away. What is old for a student in IES is new for a person in need. No physical waste will come out of this action. Also the flyers that are to be posted around IES will be recycled in the bins that are next to the printers to be reused by students and or faculty for hands out or scrap paper. The boxes for collection will be used to transport the clothing to International Church of Barcelona.
1.3.2. Questions for the unified survey
No questions on this action were open to the public on the survey because this a newly developed action. If questions were to be added for answers to the survey, they would be as follows: Would you participate in a clothing drive if boxes were available in IES? Would you find it a hassle to bring your old clothes to IES for donation? In the United States, when you clean out your closets/ sort through your clothes do you typically throw away your clothes or donate them? Do you think clothing donations is a good cause?
1.3.3. Analysis of the results in the survey
no results were obtained from survey due to the fact that this is a newly developed action (as stated previously)
An incentive for students to donate their clothes would be helping them pack to go home. From the peer reviews that I have received it seems that a lot of people are in the same boat when it comes to thinking they might not have enough room to pack all their clothes. I have heard also from other students that have previously studied abroad that checking bags is very expensive as their is around a 100 euro fine for overweight luggage.
Also there has been recommendation to set up an eco-euro system via the treasurer of the Sustainability class. This recommendation has come to late to be set up for this semester but is a great idea for future semester. A database could be created in which a student donating clothes could log onto the website and punch in what clothes they donated. In return a system could be created where certain items of clothing are worth different amounts. Their request would then be automatically sent via email to the treasurer. I think this is a great idea. However, in order for it to work I think advertisement and incorporation of the eco-euro system should be better intwined and explained to all students in IES Barcelona Abroad so everybody can benefit.
An incentive for somebody to carry out this action in the future is the fact that it incorporates many aspects. Its an opportunity for a student to express their creative side via the flyers. It is also an opportunity to create an image of self worth for them self. Who ever follows out this action will be organizing a great program to give back to the community of Barcelona along with help those who are less fortunate than them.
1.3.5. Relationship with the "Sustainability Club" (SC)
This action is working in accordance with the Sustainability Club. Solomon sent an email out to our class asking for students help in certain actions they were planning to carry out for the semester. Tyler Changaris, who is another student in IES Barcelona Abroad, is a member of the club and is not only affiliated with the ICB but will also be delivering the clothes.
1.3.6. How will this action be sustained when you are not here?
The collection process and packaging process will be completed by the time I leave IES Barcelona to return back to the states. The delivery process will be carried out by Tyler Changaris at the end of the collection process.
1.3.7. Document format
The advertisement designed for this action was done using Microsoft word meaning it is a in the format of .doc. This document is as followed: no use for me anymore? not taking me home.. DONATE ME TO THE INTERNATIONAL CHURCH OF BARCELONA (donate is in a blue color to grab the students attention) CLOTHING DRIVE (this is in big green font in the middle of the page) WHEN: April 26th to May 5th WHERE: Collection bins around IES Questions: Contact Megan Bernstein at: bernme01 at gettysburg.edu
- the background of the advertisement is a blank shirt with all this information on it.
- the information on my advertisement will also be emailed to all the students in the same design.
this website is a .html
1.3.8. Copyright license of your report
Attribution CC BY Share alike: This license is flexible in the sense that it allows other students to remix, tweek and build upon my original work as long as they credit me for the advancements they made. The other thing that must take place is that they must license their new creation under this copyright license, this in return will allow for commercial use.
I would pick this license because action designs are not flawless. Until they are physically carried out nobody knows if they are going to be successful; and if not successful things are going to need to be changed for future success. If at the end of this semester my advertisements and emails did not draw enough donations from IES students then a better designed advertisement and emails will need to be used in the future for a better success rate. I also agree that all information posted on this wiki page should be free for any future IES student for this action to be implemented in the future.
1.4. Time-sheet / Chronogram
|Time||2nd month||First week of third month||third week of third month||Last week of third month||first week of last month abroad|
|Action||make flyer and email and contact administration for approval||hang flyer and have first email sent out||send a reminder email||place bins around IES for collection||remove bins, sort through clothes and deliver to ICB|
April 1st: flyer about the clothing drive will be hung on the bulletin board along with a mass email will be sent to the students
April 18th: a reminder email will be sent to all IES students reminding them of the future clothing drive to come - with more information regarding when the bins will be set out.
April 26th: bins will be placed in the IES building
May 4th: bins will be taken out and collection will be packaged and handed over to Tyler Changaris for delivery to ICB
- Tyler Changaris has volunteered through the sustainability club to personally bring the clothes collected to ICB since for the semester that he has studied here him and his girlfriend have been affiliated with ICB and personally have already helped in redistributing collected clothing to the poor with this program.
1.5. References & Links
Brito, W. "The Value of Donating Used Clothing. Ehow. Web. 21 Apr 2011.
"Clothing: Greener Choices. Environment and Greener Living. Web. 22 Apr 2011.
International Church of Barcelona. ICbspain. Web. 21 Apri 2011.
1.6. Students involved in this action
Megan Bernstein- leader Sarah Cole and Martha Tahsler- hand out flyers and help promote my actions on a personal level with students
Assignment 4: Peer review form
Grades for this action report (From the PROFESSOR)