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Stainless Steel Water Bottles

Page history last edited by Fiona McCrossin 10 years, 2 months ago

BACKGROUND TO THIS PROJECT

 

Early in 2011 SGHS applied for a grant from the NSW Department of Environment and Heritage. The grant, if achieved, will allow us to begin phasing out our use of plastic water bottles. The phase out will include an education campaign about the environmental and health impacts of plastic bottles; and provision of infrastructure for alternatives. If we receive the grant, our 150 new Year 7 students will be given a specially designed stainless steel water bottle to celebrate the project.  All members of the SGHS Community will be able to order our specially designed bottles. The grant however was denied but this will not stop us from trying to implement our plans to replace plastics with stainless steel bottles. 

 

After discussion, we plan to purchase a range of bottles varying in design and possibly size, to give the school community a range to choose from.  Right now we are contacting Cheeki, a stainless steel bottle brand, and inquiring about the possible price to purchase the bottles. We also plan on asking SRC representatives to ask their classes about their interests in the bottles and who would be willing to purchase them. If successful and collaboration with the company is completed and the plan goes through the bottles will be handed out on the upcoming Green Day. We also plan on giving some bottles as prizes for other activities to advertise the initiative. 

 

Photos of available bottles have been distributed to all classes and staffrooms through the SRC in the last week of Term 1 2012. Students and staff are to indicate the bottle(s) of their choice. Payment is to be made to the front office by the end of Week 2, Term 2.


Update: Cheeki has replied with information about the prices. 

 

Cheeki Range

 

Qty

Item

Price Per Unit

100 – 200

500ml Cheeki Premium Grade 304 Stainless Steel Bottle

$6.00

100 - 200

750ml Cheeki Premium Grade 304 Stainless Steel Bottle

$6.30

 

500 mL designs:  

   500ml Frangipani   500ml Silver

 

750 mL designs:

750ml Blue 750ml Frangipani   750ml Sun

 

Unbranded Cheeki Bottles:

 

Qty

Item

Price Per Unit

100 – 200

500ml Unbranded Cheeki Silver Stainless Steel Bottle – Grade 304

$5.50

100 - 200

750ml Unbranded Cheeki Silver Stainless Steel Bottle – Grade 201

$4.00

100 - 200

750ml Unbranded Cheeki Silver Stainless Steel Bottle – Grade 304

$5.70

 

500 mL designs:

 

500ml Scrol500ml Dance Academy500ml Bamboo

 

750 mL designs:

 

750ml Tattoo      750ml Gecko

 

More 500 mL designs at: http://cheeki.net.au/Products/500mlWaterBottles.aspx

More 750 mL designs at: http://cheeki.net.au/Products/750mlWaterBottles.aspx

 

 

LINKS THAT TALK ABOUT THE IMPACTS OF PLASTIC BOTTLES

 

http://www.cleanup.org.au/au/Whatelsewesupport/bottled-water.html?kw=plastic%20bottles

 

http://www.cleanup.org.au/PDF/au/clean_up_australia_bottled_water_factsheet.pdf

 

http://www.cleanup.org.au/au/Whatelsewesupport/container-deposit-legislation.html

 

http://www.cheeki.net.au/

 

POSSIBLE PHOTOS TO BE USED FOR CAMPAIGN


I just found this photo. For those of you who don't know, this is Darren Criss from Glee. He is really famous and I know a lot of people at my school (including myself) love him. I'm not sure how clearly the photo is showing up here, but it shows Darren holding a sign that says 'I pledge to use a reusable water bottle.' I just thought this might be useful for publicity for our campaign. - Elysha

 

From http://www.purastainless.com/environment/:

The impact of the bottled water industry is nothing short of staggering and represents the worst in conspicuous and unnecessary consumption and all in the name of convenience. The facts are nauseating so read on at your own risk:

  • 38 billion water bottles end up in landfills every year; enough if laid end-to-end to circle the globe 150 times... EVERY YEAR!
  • It takes up to 1,000 years for disposable plastic water bottles to decompose
  • Each bottle of water requires 3 to 5 bottles of water to produce
  • Each bottle of water requires ¼ of a bottle of oil to produce
  • 714 million gallons (17 million barrels) of oil are consumed each year to produce disposable plastic water bottles
  • The oil used to produce disposable water bottles could be used to power 1 million cars for 12 months
  • Interestingly, approximately 25% of bottled water is actually municipal water (ie tap water) that has been treated (reverse osmosis, deionization, etc) and packaged disposable plastic bottles
  • In the US alone 2.5 million tons of CO2 were produced by the manufacture of 30 billion liters of bottles water in 2006. These numbers are expected to increase by 51% by 2011!

Needless to say, the bottled water industry is impacting our environment in the most insidious ways imaginable... from the wasteful use of natural resources to non-organic trash to air pollution... and isn't it a bit ironic (and sad) that much of this water is no better or pure than that available from our kitchen taps.

Fortunately, it is amazingly easy and cost effective to be a good steward of our planet. Carry and use a Pura Stainless bottle and forevermore bypass the bottled water aisle at your local store, decline the bottle of water at your next meeting, and stop carting around cases of bottled water in your trunk. Your planet will thank you... and so will your grandkids!

 

Also some benefits include: 

Durability 

Stainless steel water bottles are more durable than plastic water bottles. As a result, stainless steel water bottles can be used over and over again for a longer period of time. People who enjoy many outdoor activities do not have to worry about their stainless steel water bottles from being damaged while traveling or due to prolonged usage. So while stainless steel water bottles may initially cost more than other types of plastic bottles, the fact that they last longer would actually save you money in the long run.

 

Free of chemicals

Keeping liquids for long periods of time in plastic water bottles would cause the liquid to absorb certain types of chemicals found in the plastic bottle. This process is further heightened when the plastic water bottle is exposed to heat and sunlight, which often happens when you go outdoors because the sunlight and heat softens the plastic. While the chemicals absorbed may be minimal, long term ingestion of this have been reported to cause certain ailments in the body to occur. Stainless steel water bottles do not soften when exposed to heat and sunlight. As a result, the possibility of you ingesting any harsh chemicals from stainless steel water bottles is minimized, if not eradicated.

 

 

Comments (11)

Jingyi Chen said

at 2:00 pm on Jul 21, 2011

:D We really should design them or get other students to (:

Victoria Hung said

at 4:23 pm on Aug 21, 2011

Hi, just regarding green day, Jingyi and I were planning to hold a bottle designing competition to judge on green day. We could also start a petition on green day for the banning of the use of plastic bottles within the school. It's a lot to do, but i think we can manage! :)

Fiona McCrossin said

at 7:12 pm on Aug 21, 2011

This sound great Victoria, Jingyi. The Clean Up Australia website has lots of information. I can also put you in contact with students form Monte Sant Angelo; St George Girls High and North Sydney Boys High who have already begun to implement this!

Victoria Hung said

at 6:35 pm on Aug 22, 2011

Thanks Ms McCrossin! I was wondering, I have a few stainless steel bottle companies i am able to contact- would you suggest that i ask for their interest and perhaps a quote before beginning the bottle designing competition? Or would that be a bit too much of a rush to do before green day?

Fiona McCrossin said

at 8:14 pm on Aug 22, 2011

Hi. NSBH and St George GH used "Cheeki" - www.cheeki.net.au. However, I think that asking various companies for quotes is a good idea/ appropriate. You need to ask about: costs of different sized bottles; how costs change with the size of the order; what are the costs wrt our design? NB: background colour; number of colours in design etc.

I also think that we need to go beyond just the monetary cost by requesting the ecological and social costs e.g. where they are being made?; what are the ecological impacts of the manufacturing process? what are the working conditions of the people making them? NB: the concept of "social sustainability". Most of the available bottles are being made in China - how much are the workers paid? What are their working conditions? etc etc

Victoria Hung said

at 8:20 pm on Aug 28, 2011

Kalina Li said

at 8:33 pm on Aug 28, 2011

Yea that's a great poster! The 2.5million bottles per hour US only I found particularly unsettling. Here's a cute video on it: http://storyofstuff.org/bottledwater/

Fiona McCrossin said

at 5:37 am on Aug 29, 2011

We could create a similar poster and video for Aus. use. Look at per capita use for other countries? Good project for Enviro Inspiro.

Fiona McCrossin said

at 8:30 am on Apr 7, 2012

Great work Team! You now need to present the information relating to why this is seen to be an action for your environment and health to the school. Posters needed first week back Term 2.

Fiona McCrossin said

at 11:44 am on Oct 30, 2012

Victoria Hung said

at 4:03 pm on Nov 30, 2012

Email from Mr Andrew Campion about Freshie:

Dear Victoria,
Leonie Burnes from Cheeki has referred me to you as we supply a facility that complements their resuable bottle and have an alliance with Cheeki.
The Freshie refill station dispenses purified chilled water and a range of healthy drinks as refill options for reusable bottles, providing an eco-friendly alternative to plastic bottles.
As an example, St Ignatius College Riverview has removed the sale of all bottled drinks from the canteen and machines in place of the solution we provide. Students now use their reusable bottle to refill with all their drink needs – rather than buying drinks in plastic bottles. (See attached the North Shore Times cover story that covers this exercise.)

Other schools are employing this as an eco-friendly option to augment existing water and drinks facilities.

The benefits include:
Sustainability and improved green credentials for the school;
Student awareness and action on environmental issues; and
Operational benefits like less litter and lower waste management and staffing costs.
The Freshie solution includes regular reports on 'environmental' savings for reporting to stakeholders and/or use in the curriculum, along with optional environmental and social justice programs.

Importantly too it can also be an earner for the school!

Can we arrange a meeting so that I can take you through this in person?

Regards,

Andrew CampionManaging DirectorFreshie | Water Vend www.drinkfreshie.com02-9955-2181 0411-311355

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