GD Ilha is a small club which works mainly with grassroots and women football. Before joining Portoguese Football Federation (FPF) in the Erasmus GOALS project they us ed to spend around 200 plastic glasses per week, what makes a sum of around 7500/8000 in a season.

Some months ago, they discarded the use of plastic bottles bought in the supermarket and started to consume water from a public fountain (belonging to the municipality), using large recipients to collect it and non-reusable glasses to distribute it.

Now, among other initiatives planned for the future, GD Ilha has already implemented the use of recyclable glasses. Recently (on May 2022) they have distributes 200 glasses for their players.

They bought the glasses and printed the club’s emblem and GOALS’ logo on it, with the financial support of Erasmus GOALS project, through FPF.

The new glasses will be used for all the GD Ilha’s teams every match weekend.

As pointed above, the implementation of this measure will save the planet from 7500/8000 plastic glasses per year. It has clear benefits, even if the club’s services have now to wash and sterilize the glasses and, therefore, spend some more water and detergent.

A single use plastic cup is 3.4 grams of virgin polypropylene. The environmental benefit of reusable cups is so linked with the avoidance of that material consumption and the avoidance of the impacts derived by the end of life of single use cups (recovery or disposal). Again, looking at carbon footprint and water footprint the benefits are: 0.019 kg of CO2-eq (carbon footprint), 0.004 m3 water eq (water footprint) per cup. It means that the carbon and environmental footprint benefit derived by reusable cups action is: 152 kg of CO2 equivalent and 32 m3 of water equivalent per season.

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