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A story of one small change; #iegoesgreen

Written on June 14, 2018 by Campus Life in IE Stories

It started when our team of 7 IE HST students: Angel Galeano, Ghita Haloui, Rafael Herrera, Gaby La Fata, Marilia Ribeiro, Nadine Taha and myself, Natalya Shustova, were working on a regular assignment for a Change Management course. We paid attention to the plastic bottles of 0.33 ml offered to professors before each of the class. Since all our team members are passionate about sustainability, we asked ourselves: how many plastic waste do these bottles produce? Little research showed us: our institution has consumed 43,680 bottles in 7 months what is equal to 1,092 kg of plastic waste. Just imagine: it is enough to kill 37 Sperm Whales!! (remember the case of Sperm Whale found in Murcia coast on March 2018?). Long story short, we decided to change it. We did some research, had couple of meetings and today we are happy to see the results of our efforts: IE has started to purchase bottles of 0.5 ml instead of 0.3 ml.

You may think: “But it’s nothing, guys! In reality you haven’t done that much to reduce the plastic waste!”. We reply you:  just changing the volume of these bottles from 0.33 to 0.5, the amount of plastic waste it produces has been reduced twice!

Each of us can make a small but impactful change. Which change will you do?

 

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