1. Action name
Reusable IES water bottles
My action is for IES to purchase reusable aluminum water bottles to give out with the reusable bags at orientation.
1.2. Why this action makes things more sustainable?
This action is improving the sustainability of IES Abroad Barcelona, because it is reducing the wasteful dependence many student have on plastic water bottles. Many of the plastic water bottles students use are thrown away instead of recycled which leads to more filling of landfills. This is directly relating to eco-effectiveness because by using reusable aluminum water bottles, we are eliminating the problem of wasteful plastic water bottles.
1.2.1. SWOT AnalysisStrengths:
1.2.2. Feedback loops
The water bottles would create a reinforcing feedback loop by students constantly using the waterbottles and not using plastic throwaway water bottles.
1.2.3. Potential Benefits
The potential benefits are that IES will be setting a good example about using reusable water bottles, that other study abroad programs could potentially adopt also. It's also beneficial for the environment and cheaper for students who are buying a plastic water bottle every day.
1.2.4. Potential Costs
For student there could be a possible charge but it would be very small. Solomon said that the administration was thinking about charging 2 euros for the water bottles. I think this is a bad idea because some students would probably not want to pay the 2 euros for the bottle. It probably would only take the company making the water bottles time, and IES Abroad Staff handing them out at the orientation. The information for the cost of the water bottles with the IES logo is as follows:
500 at 2.73€/un (base price per unit for 500 units)
Printing the IES logo with 3 colors
3 colors--1.33€/un (price per unit for printing the logo)
Flat fee for the printing- 144€
Laser Etching of the IES Logo (no color)
laser--0.75€/un (price per unit)
laser--48€ (flat fee)
1365--for 500 bottles
1740--for 500 bottles with no color just laser etching
240--for 500 bottles with the IES logo with three colors
1000 bottles- 2570
1000 bottles with three colors IES logo- 3810
1000 bottles with laser logo -3260
Implementation/Methodology. So far, Solomon has talked to administration about the water bottles. And they basically said that everything is good to go as long as we have a list of prices for 500 water bottles and 1000 water bottles. We are waiting to hear back the prices for the water bottles with the IES logo printed on them but the prices for the water bottles without the logo are:
-500= 3,020 Euros
IN a perfect world this action would have already been done. It seems like a pretty standard thing to do to hand out water bottles that not only will reduce the use of plastic water bottles but also serve as PR for IES. Students will be walking around with these water bottles after they leave and probably be asked what it stands for or means and then talk about IES. Right now it seems very likely next semester IES students will have the option of purchasing the water bottles. I think the administration should just tack on the two euros they want to sell the bottles for onto the price of tuition, so each student gets a bottle.
1.3.1. "Cradle to Cradle" design
This design is "Cradle to Cradle" ready. The only possible waste coming out of this is if and when the student no longer needs the bottle they throw it away. I think its still more beneficial to have the water bottles made and used for a while rather then just using plastic bottles everyday. I think this could be avoided by sending emails to the students to before they come with a flier attached about the water bottles and also some information about the fact that the water is clean to drink in Barcelona---and other things the students may not know. These emails would have to be sent to the next group of IES students so they would know the information when they get the bottle and when they are in Barcelona. Overall, using reuasble water bottles is only lessening waste, because it is reducing the amount of plastic throw away water bottles that students have been using.
1.3.2. Questions for the unified survey
Would you use an aluminum water bottle over buying a plastic water bottle?
Would you be willing to pay 2 Euros for the water bottle upon arrival in Barcelona?
1.3.3. Analysis of the results in the survey
Were not included in survey
I think reusable water bottles basically sells itself. I think the incentive is that it is good for the environment and it saves people a lot of money by reducing the amount of water bottles they buy.
1.3.5. Relationship with the "Sustainability Club" (SC)
The Sustainability club could take this on. I was mistaken but thought I had heard that the sustainability club had been trying to get the water bottles approved possibly last semester since that is when it was created...It would be a great goal to have the water bottles for the next group of IES students or next years IES students to work on this.
1.3.6. How will this action be sustained when you are not here?
The action will be sustained because students will want to have the water bottles in the upcoming semesters. Also, students in sustainability class and im sure the sustainability club will need to have used actions and this one is a great way to increase sustainable living in Barcelona. I think that the IES Abroad program will also benefit from having the reusable water bottles because it shows that they care about the environment and saving students money.
1.3.7. Document format
1.3.8. Copyright license of your report
IES water bottles by IES is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
I chose this version because future generations of IES students may want to change the logo or design of the water bottle and it would be nice for them to be able to do that.
1.4. References & Links
1.5. Students involved in this action
Assignment 4: Peer review form
Grades for this action report (From the PROFESSOR)