IE and sustainability

 

At IE we’ve thought a lot about how tomorrow’s world will look and what kind of knowledge we must cultivate for our students to thrive in it.

We are committed to fostering environmental and ethical stewardship as well as promoting increased awareness and public understanding. We want to help people think and behave in ways that nurture a more sustainable planet: embracing global citizenship, social responsibility, climate action, the use of renewable energy and recycling, as well as fighting against biodiversity loss.

This way people can appreciate that individual actions are not isolated events but contribute to an interconnected system that determines the well-being of both humans and the planet.

Students are an integral part of our efforts. We can all help make a positive impact on the world by learning about sustainability — and living it every day! To that end, this guide provides a variety of tips for living a sustainable lifestyle in Madrid and Segovia, and at IE University.

The Chain of Change starts with you!

IN CLASS

Take notes on your laptop (they’re much harder to lose and you won’t have as much to carry!). If you need to buy notebooks, look for school supplies made from recycled materials. 100% post-consumer content for paper is best.

PRO-TIP

You can take notes electronically for class or on PDFs of lecture slides with programs and applications like Microsoft OneNote, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Notion, Evernote, Roam Research, Bear, Apple Notes, Google Keep, Standard Notes, Slite, Ulysses and many others!

Printing at IE

In January 2020 IE launched the 10 Year Challenge campaign: 10 years, 10 challenges to make an impact on the world as a leading institution in sustainability and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2030. The 2020 Challenge is Responsible Consumption. With that objective in mind, we have committed to a 100% reduction in paper usage. In other words, IE has gone paperless!

What this means for you

By taking notes, reviewing documents and turning in assignments electronically, you will be helping the environment by reducing waste as well as the energy and water that go into the paper making process. Plus, trees play a critical role in absorbing CO2 from our atmosphere and producing oxygen to support life on our planet. By reducing or eliminating your use of paper, you are doing your part to preserve not only the life of trees, but all life on Earth

TEACHING AND RESEARCH

IE has an incredible roster of faculty across all schools on campus with interest and expertise in sustainability. Additionally, there are several centers at IE that include research on issues of environmental, social and/or economic sustainability.
Explore this link to find information about IE faculty and the research centers related to sustainability and sustainable development. You can also check out the sustainability link on each school’s webpage.

Recycling at IE

On both the Madrid and Segovia campuses, you will find a recycling corner on every floor with receptacles for regular trash, “envases” (plastic and aluminum containers) and paper. They are clearly marked so that you know what goes into each bin. Soon there will be receptacles to recycle batteries as well.

Eating and Drinking on Campus

• Use a refillable water bottle. Here are some great options!
Water filling stations on campus make it easy to stay hydrated.
• Carry reusable utensils and straw, and if you are eating consider using reusable takeaway containers.
• On campus in Madrid, there are three cafeterias where you will find healthy and light food. The offering at Velazquez 130 is 100% organic.

Challenge yourself

Try going meatless for 30 days. Not only will you help to reduce greenhouse emissions, consuming less meat is better for your health and will save you money. Best of all, you can help alleviate world hunger and mitigate food waste as the distribution of the world’s food supply goes disproportionately to farmed animals.

GET INVOLVED!

Clubs at IE

If you’re interested in playing an active role in promoting sustainability at IE, then you can choose from a variety of student-related groups on campus.
Here’s a list of just some of the groups that you can join to help generate awareness, think innovatively, and volunteer for this important cause. Find the one that’s right for you and make a difference!
For more information on ways to get involved at IE, go to: https://campuslife.ie.edu/

ECO CLUB SEGOVIA CHAPTER

 

Mission: We firmly believe that through education people can change their behaviors, therefore our ultimate goal is to inform students about existing alternatives and help them become more conscious of the actions they take.
Vision: Our vision is not limited to the walls of IE Campus, we want people who attend our events to implement what they have learned in their homes both in Spain and abroad. Our goal is to inspire smarter and environmentally friendly choices and to shed light on the reality of the current climate emergency – from a positive an optimistic perspective.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS CLUB

 

Mission: To bring awareness to topics regarding economic development in support of the UN’s Sustainable Development agenda while fundraising to bring real impact abroad through projects related to economic development.
Vision: We will strive to foster economic development via the UN’s 17 goals while bringing awareness about global development issues to the IE Community.

ROTARACT CLUB SEGOVIA

 

Mission: Rotaract IE Segovia is part of Rotary District 2201, the largest in Spain. The group helps students build pre-professional skills through networking and conferences hosted by the Rotary Club. As part of Rotary’s primary mission, students create and develop their own service projects in their communities as well.
The Rotaract club aims to serve the people, environment and animals of the local community in Segovia by working with NGOs. This is done through fundraising and active volunteering, in addition to growing a network of like-minded people.
Vision: We are focused on improving the lives of the people of Segovia, creating a more sustainable environment, and fostering partnerships between the university and service-oriented NGOs.

ECO CLUB MADRID CHAPTER

 

Mission: To encourage students to live a more sustainable lifestyle through environmentally friendly solutions.
Vision: Make the IE campus community aware of more sustainable choices. Topics will be decided based on the most pressing issues: recycling, waste management, efficient use of resources, food, transportation, etc.

CAMPUS89 CHAPTER

 

Mission: This is an initiative of UNICEF Spain aimed at university students. It is made up of groups of young people convinced that the well-being of children is everyone’s responsibility, and that they, from their own environments and circumstances, are capable of contributing to making children’s rights a reality. The Campus 89 Club hopes to inspire students by highlighting the work done by UNICEF, offering possible actions for change, tackling the SDG goals related to children and empowering our community to take an active stance towards a better future.
Vision: The Campus 89 Club is focused on children and base their events on dates that UNICEF celebrates with the goal of raising awareness of children’s rights and the limits they currently face.

NET IMPACT CLUB

 

Mission: The IE Net Impact Club is a member of the broader, international Net Impact organization that seeks to empower students and professionals to drive positive change in the workplace and the world. For the academic years 2012-2013 and 2018-2019, IE Net Impact Club achieved Gold standing among Net Impact Chapters.
Vision: We endeavor to increase awareness, inspire, and equip the IE community to bring environmental and social impact through business.

CHARITY CLUB

 

Mission: To organize and promote activities to raise funds to donate to local charities that help communities and people at risk of social or economic exclusion. To promote volunteer opportunities available in Madrid as well as all over the globe.
Vision: To inspire and encourage the IE community to build a better society, feel meaningful, benefit from cross-border opportunities, and meet people with the same purpose in life.

What else can you do?

Strive to make informed choices before you buy. Each purchase you make effectively says you support the practices of a brand. By doing a little research into a company’s responsible values, you can begin to ensure that your chosen store reflects your personal beliefs. For example, if you want to know where your clothing comes from, then you need to choose a brand that is transparent about their supply chain: the source of the raw materials, the safety and fairness of working conditions, and environmental awareness and sustainability practices.

THIRST PROJECT CLUB

 

Mission: Thirst Project is a nonprofit organization that works with the support of young people to END the global water crisis by building freshwater wells in developing communities that need safe, clean drinking water. Why Water? Health and Sanitation: waterborne diseases kill more children every single year than HIV, Malaria, and all world violence combined. Small children typically do not have strong enough immune systems to fight diseases like cholera, dysentery, or schistosomiasis.
Vision: Reducing child mortality rates by raising water crisis awareness within our community, spreading the word on the importance of local employment in all countries where IE has a presence.

I AM BECAUSE WE ARE

Make Your Personal Sustainability Pledge Today

While the University has committed itself to achieving overall sustainability, it will take the active participation of the entire IE community to pitch in, turn off, conserve and re-evaluate daily habits for IE University to realize its vision.

We invite you to pledge to live more sustainably by considering the environmental, social and economic impact of daily decisions when at IE and at home.

I pledge to live a more sustainable lifestyle. I will consider the environmental, social and economic impact of my daily decisions and make every effort to reduce my ecological footprint. I will also share my individual sustainability efforts with others at IE University and in my community.

EATING FOR SUSTAINABILITY

  • Cook at home more often and use reusable dishes and utensils.
  • Only purchase or prepare as much food as you can eat. Wasting food wastes the energy and water used in producing and transporting it.

Check out this website for more about how to cut down on food waste at home.

  • Shop at farmers’ markets. Shopping locally supports community growers and small business economies.
Planting seeds of change

Try growing some of your own food. What could be more local? You don’t need a lot of space, just a small space on a balcony or a window box is enough space to grow herbs, fruits, and vegetables. Gratifying, less packaging and fewer food miles!

GO GREEN DIGITALY

  • Set energy-saving features on your computer.
  • Turn your computer off at night or when you are out of town. Also, do not turn your computer on until you are ready to use it.
  • Remember:  the best screen saver is no screen saver at all.
  • Don’t plug in your printer until you’re ready to print. Printers consume energy even while they’re idling. Also, try to print in “economy” mode; this saves ink and is usually just as legible as the more wasteful ink settings.
Did you Know?

The small surge in power to boot up a computer is significantly less than the energy needed to keep it running all night. Turning it off won’t damage the computer, and in fact, it does some good by resetting the system and clearing out caches.

BUY LESS, WASTE LESS

The planet isn’t big enough to hold all of our stuff if we keep consuming the way we do. Let’s do our best to try to minimize our consumption and waste using these tips:

Reduce
  • Buy only what you need and use all of what you buy.
  • Select products with minimal (or no) packaging.
  • Choose products in packaging that can be easily recycled and, even better, is made from recycled material.
  • Buy non-perishable food in bulk (i.e. beans, grains, flour, etc.). You will save money and reduce packaging waste!
  • Take your reusable bag to the store.
Reuse

When you put something in a regular trash can, it goes into a landfill, end of story. Ask yourself first, can it be repaired, recycled, re-gifted, repurposed or composted? If the answer is yes, do that instead!

  • When you replace something, donate the old one (if in good condition) to a local charity.
  • When you need to buy something, check resale stores and charitable organizations first.
How about bamboo?

Plastic toothbrushes take over 400 years to decompose. You heard us right, over 400 years! That’s why bamboo toothbrushes are a good alternative: They are biodegradable and antimicrobial–which means they don’t harbor bacteria. You can also buy them in compostable packaging!

A trash can (or dumpster?) with your name on it.

We already know that everything we throw into the regular trash goes into a landfill. As a way to try to reduce your contribution to this dumpsite, try to visualize a receptacle with your name on it that includes every single thing you have ever or will ever throw into the (non-recycling, non-organic) trash…What do you see? How big do you want your container to be?

Shop smarter (and more sustainably!):

Consider an item’s life expectancy before you buy it. How long can the item be used? Will it have more than one use? When you’re done with it, will it end up in the trash? Start investing in reusable products for the items you most often throw away.

REDUCE YOUR WATER USE

Only 3% of water on Earth is fresh water, and only 0.5% is available for drinking. Sustainable water consumption means using our limited water supply wisely and caring for it properly.

  • Don’t leave faucets running when brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing your hands or hair
  • Limit showers to under 5 minutes. When you shorten your shower by a minute or two per day, you’ll save almost 600 liters of water per month. You’ll also conserve the energy used to heat the water.
  • Only wash full loads of laundry and use cold water. This will consume 90% less energy than washing in hot and will also help your clothes maintain their color!
  • Eat lower on the food chain. Producing one kilo of meat takes between 5 and 10 times the amount of water it does to produce one kilo of wheat.
  • When handwashing dishes, use cold to lukewarm water rather than hot water. Also, don’t let the water run while scrubbing.
It´s all connected

Disposing of items such as oils in our sinks and non-biodegradable solids in our toilets creates solid masses that cause immense blockages in the sewers. This can lead to waste water flooding into streets and properties as well as the contamination of drinking water thereby causing a health hazard to wildlife and the local environment, not to mention the exorbitant energy consumption and expense required to remove them.

Where there’s smoke…

If you smoke, when you go outside, consider moving a couple of meters away from automatic doors. This way, they won’t continually open and close which wastes energy – both from the motion of the door as well as by making the heating or cooling system work extra hard to maintain the temperature inside.

SAVE ENERGY

  • Unplug all electrical appliances when not in use and turn off lights when you leave the room.
  • Take advantage of natural daylight when possible. Open the blinds and turn off your lights!
  • Dress appropriately for the season. For example, wear layers of clothing during the winter months so you don’t have to turn up the thermostat.
  • Keep thermostats set at 20ºC during the cold months and 24ºC during warm seasons Remember to close doors and windows when the heating or cooling systems are on.
  • During the winter, open blinds, drapes, and curtains to allow sunlight in for solar heat gain. In the evenings, close blinds, drapes, and curtains to reduce thermal heat loss.
  • Avoid the use of portable electric space heaters.
  • Use LEDs (light-emitting diode bulbs) or CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs) to save energy.
  • Cut down on printing by reading e-mails and reviewing documents on the computer screen.
  • When typing documents, format your document to as few pages as possible by using a smaller font, decreasing line spacing, and using double-sided printing.
  • Always buy and use recycled-content paper. Look for paper with 50-100% post-consumer waste that is non-chlorine bleached.
  • If possible, buy vegetable or non-petroleum-based inks. They’re made from renewable resources, require fewer hazardous solvents, and, in many cases, produce brighter, cleaner colors.
  • Recycle your print cartridges.

ADVANTAGES OF CONSUMING SEASONAL FRUIT AND VEGETABLES

You have probably heard repeatedly that it’s best to opt for seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Why? Because seasonal produce is at its optimal moment to be consumed and so therefore, provides the most benefits:

Environmental: It’s more ecological and more sustainable as growing seasonal fruits requires less water and energy. Since less plastics are used, less waste is generated. They require fewer chemicals for fertilization and pest control. As conservation is not necessary, fewer greenhouse gases are emitted and it consumes less energy. They require less transport from origin to destination so less energy and fossil fuels are consumed.

Better taste, smell and texture: The current means of preserving fruits manages to preserve their appearance, but the flavor is largely lost. By consuming fruit with less or worse taste, fruit becomes a less desirable option, which can negatively impact our diet.

More nutritional properties: Many of the vitamins and minerals our body needs come from fruits and vegetables and just like the flavor, vitamins, water and properties of the fruit are lost over time.

More benefit for the farmer: When fruits and vegetables are in season, a higher percentage of the price that the consumer pays reaches the farmer. Intermediaries, supermarkets, and other stores often buy fruit at a low price and keep it until there is less supply and then they can raise the price. The greater the demand when produce is in season –  which is when the farmer is selling – the better the price at which he can sell his product.

RECYCLE

HOW TO RECYCLE IN MADRID

It is important to know that when recycling it’s necessary to separate the packaging from the organic waste as much as possible, so that each material can be reused for something specific.  That means that you should fully empty and rinse containers before depositing them in a container.

By separating our trash, we’re all working together so that the most harmful waste to the environment can be eliminated in a controlled way.

Did you Know?

Used napkins and paper towels, cardboard that is dirty from oil or food scraps, wine corks, matches and sawdust can all be included in the compost container?

In Madrid, there are five types of containers:
GREY

This one is for non-recyclable trash, such as things like cigarette butts, sweeping dust, animal droppings, cat litter, hair, hygiene products, etc.

YELLOW

This container is for “envases”:
– Plastic containers such as bottles of soft drinks, mineral water, detergents, softeners, shopping bags, polystyrene trays, yogurt tubs, etc.
– Metal such as tin cans and aluminum cans (soft drinks, beer), aluminum trays, etc.
– Brick type containers of milk, juices, soups, sugar, etc.

BLUE

Use this container for clean paper and cardboard. You can recycle envelopes, but you first need to remove the plastic windows (and the spirals of old notebooks).

GREEN

This one is for glass – but only glass that was a container for food or drink. Glass containers should only be deposited without metal lids or corks. Other kinds of glass such as window glass or broken glasses, should not be deposited in this container because of their high lead content. These materials can be thrown away at a “Punto Limpio” (see next section).

BROWN

Use this container for organic matter that will be made into compost: fruit, vegetable, meat and fish debris, eggshells, shellfish, nuts, coffee grounds, etc.

Pro Tip

Appliance stores are obligated to take your used appliance when you buy a new one. They will then dispose of it properly.

PUNTO LIMPIO

There are other items that, due to their characteristics, must be recycled at the “puntos limpios”:

 

Cleaning supplies, medications, used oils, disinfectants, and other products with toxic materials should not be thrown down the sink or into the garbage can. In addition to the punto limpio, medicines and medication packaging can also be recycled in pharmacies.

 

Electrical and electronic devices must be discarded at the punto limpio or in the sales establishments for these devices.

 

X-rays include silver that can be recovered from them.

 

Metallic objects that contain brass, lead, copper or tin like large bed frames, screws, or door knobs can be recycled at the punto limpio.

 

Batteries can be discarded at the punto limpio, but there are also battery recycling containers, which are usually located at bus stops.

In the Community of Madrid there are both punto limpio stations and punto limpio trucks that will pick up items street side at your home. Call 010 to schedule a pick-up. You can find the list of punto limpio stations on this page or by calling 91 438 29 36.

HOW TO RECYCLE IN SEGOVIA

By separating our trash, we are all working together so that the most harmful waste to the environment can be eliminated in a controlled way.

 

In Segovia, there are seven types of containers:
Did you Know?

Window glass or broken glasses or plates should not be deposited in the green “vidrio” container because of their high lead content. These materials can be thrown away at a “Punto Limpio” (see next section).

YELLOW

This container is for “envases”:
Plastic containers such as bottles of soft drinks, mineral water, detergents, softeners, shopping bags, polystyrene trays, yogurt tubs, etc. Metal such as tin cans and aluminum cans (soft drinks, beer), aluminum trays, etc. Brick type containers of milk, juices, soups, sugar, etc.
Note: The contents of the bottles, cans, and other containers should be emptied completely before depositing them in the container.

GRAY

This one is for non-recyclable trash, such as toothbrushes, cigarette butts, sweeping dust, animal droppings, cat litter, hair, hygiene products, etc.
Note: The waste must be deposited in the container in waterproof bags between 20 and 22 hours.

BLUE

Use this container for clean paper and cardboard. You can recycle envelopes, but you first need to remove the plastic windows (and the spirals of old notebooks).

GREEN

This one is for glass – but only glass that was a container for food or drink. Glass containers should only be deposited without metal lids or corks.

Note: Any residual contents must be removed from bottles, jars and other containers. The metal lids, plastic caps or other pieces that were originally part of the container must be separated and deposited in the “envases” (yellow) container.

RED

This container looks like a wastebasket and is for used batteries.

PINK

Discard used clothing and shoes in this container.

Note: Both clothing and footwear should be placed in the container in closed plastic bags.

ORANGE

Use this container for used vegetable oil.
Note: The oil must be deposited in closed plastic containers.

Pro Tip

Appliance stores are obligated to take your used appliance when you buy a new one. They will then dispose of it properly.

PUNTO LIMPIO

There are other items that, due to their characteristics, must be recycled at the “punto limpio”:

 

Cleaning supplies, X-rays, thermometers, medications, disinfectants, and other products with toxic materials should not be thrown down the sink or into the garbage can. In addition to the punto limpio, medicines and medication packaging can be recycled in pharmacies.

 

Electrical and electronic devices, toner and ink cartridges, light bulbs and tubes must be discarded at the punto limpio.

 

Flat glass and crystal such as glasses, plates, cups, windows and doors, furniture, household fixtures and pruning and garden detritus all go to the punto limpio.

 

Metallic objects that contain brass, lead, copper or tin like large bed frames, screws, or door knobs can be recycled at the punto limpio.

 

In Segovia there are both punto limpio stations and punto limpio trucks that will pick up items at different places around Segovia all month long. See here for the schedule and locations.  You can check the list of the “punto limpio” stations on this page or call 921 412 700.

SUSTAINABLE MADRID

In Madrid, you can find dozens of different options to live more sustainably.  Below we share some illustrative examples.  These are by no means the only choices and new inspiration appears almost daily!

Walk, bike or take public transport to get around.

Why hassle with traffic and parking? Save money and the environment with these transportation options for traveling to campus and around Madrid.

  • On foot: Madrid is an easy city for walking.
  • Metro: Metro Madrid is clean, comfortable and convenient. Here you can find different and useful metro maps.
  • Bus: The city buses are punctual and accessible in most of the city. Through this link, you will find helpful information about getting around Madrid by bus.
  • BiciMAD Bike Sharing System: The objective of BiciMAD is to provide an alternative means of clean and healthy transport and to promote the use of the bicycles in the city. For more information, click here.
Resale, vintage, consignment and thrift stores

Rather than contribute to waste production by shopping new, go to secondhand and thrift stores for clothing, furniture, decor and housewares. This is an excellent way of reusing items in your own community and switching to a more sustainable lifestyle.  There are several in Madrid.

In and around the Rastro flea market  you can find vintage furniture, curios or collectibles. There are stalls with antiques, used books, electronics, secondhand clothing and accessories.

Calle Velarde is the “vintage district” in Madrid with several secondhand and vintage clothing stores up and down the street.  Here a couple of others worth noting:

Vintalogy: They have three stores in Madrid center selling secondhand (and even some high-end) clothing and accessories Calle Atocha 10, Calle Barceló 13, and Calle Principé 9

Humana:  Perhaps the most ubiquitous because they have 26 stores in Madrid and 30 more around the country.  The Humana stores are connected to the Humana Fundación Pueblo para Pueblo.  The sales at their stores fund their sustainability projects in the developing world.  Read more here

Additionally there are several websites and Facebook groups selling all different types of secondhand items: Wallpop, Milanuncios.com, and Second Hand

Healthy, fresh, and local.
Kick it up a notch:

Try to buy products certified “fair trade” to support companies dedicated to sustainable production and paying laborers a fair wage. This can reduce poverty, encourage environmentally friendly production methods, and safeguard humane working conditions.

  • Municipal and Farmers’ markets These markets abound in Madrid. This is where you’ll find all types of fresh, local food – produce, fish, chicken, cheese, eggs, and so on. Not only that, it is a very pleasant experience and after a short while you will become a recognized “regular”. Through this link, you can find the markets closest to you.

 

  • Buy-in-bulk stores There are several stores all over Madrid. Many of them are small-businesses, so by shopping there, you are not only helping the environment, but also local businesses. Here are a few:

 

Casa Ruíz GranelThere 4 locations in Madrid. They have all types of non-perishable foods: rice, legumes, chocolate, teas, infusions, dried fruit, flour, etc.

Casa Terra With both a physical store as well as one online, you will find legumes, rice, nuts, honey, spices, pasta and myriad other wonderful products. Calle de las Infantas 19, Madrid

Verde Granel – This store has a wide variety of products from seeds to beans to spices and flours and pastas. They also have a homeopathy section and offer nutritional assessments. Mercado de Maravillas Galería Comercial, Calle Bravo Murillo 122, Madrid.

Pepita y GranoThey have several stores in Madrid and on their website, they give you cooking directions for each product.  In the store, they put the origin of almost all every product on their informative posters, and if you don’t see it, just ask.

CleanUp BIO – Located in Mercado Barceló, they specialize in the bulk sale of ecological cleaning and personal hygiene products and ecological consumables and utensils.  Added bonus: all of the products are made in Spain.

Unpacked – Located at Calle Narvaez, their philosophy is zero waste. They have incorporated this philosophy into their business model by trying to promote local and natural products, reusing packaging in purchases and supporting companies that create reusable, compostable or biodegradable products. They sell of all kinds things in bulk: food, personal care items and household products.

 

And several more!

Sustainable Home and Personal Care Products

Anything from brushing our teeth to combing our hair to doing the laundry and mopping the floor presents the opportunity to think about our environmental footprint. Here are a few options to ensure that your routine of washing, applying and scrubbing, creates as little harm tp the planet as possible.

 

Maravillas de Jabón – In this shop, developed and operated by two lifelong friends, their goal is to offer more sustainable and responsible consumption when buying body and household soaps.  The store personnel explain everything to their clients about what they need for body and home hygiene. In the store, you will not only find soaps, but also accessories and natural cosmetics, which are environmentally conscious in both their production and packaging.   If you bring your empty Maravillas de Jabón containers, they will be happy to refill them. Calle Hernani 18, Madrid

 

Freshly Cosmetics – Everything they do is designed to protect the environment.  All of their products contain over 99% natural ingredients for all skin types, even the most sensitive ones.  Everything comes in sustainable packaging and they offer refills in-store for many of their products to reduce waste.  In addition to their online store, you can find them at Calle Fuencarral 46, Madrid

 

Kriim – This store offers a new way of understanding personal care from a more holistic approach: honest and effective products, personalized services and global experiences within a conscious community. In the store clients get personalized attention from our Beauty Coaches as well as facial diagnostics, flash make-up and workshops related to skin and cosmetics. At Kriim, they have their own laboratory where they design and produce their three organic brands. Calle Conde de Peñalver 18, Madrid. They also have an online store.

 

[ble] – An online home and personal care store that curates sustainable products based on reducing waste and eliminating plastic consumption to preserve animal species and the environment. They believe that they can help consumers have a positive impact by facilitating access to quality products, made with integrity and respectful of the planet. For this reason, they only sell #ResiduoZero, # SinPlástica, #WithoutAnimalCruelty and #WithoutPackaging, sent in compostable and recyclable cardboard boxes with material from controlled forests and they continue daily to look for even more sustainable alternatives.

 

Aer – This online store was established in 2019 by an IE alum with a quest to set new standards for formulation and product design in home and personal care. Their objective is to formulate products of the finest quality for body and home.  Their solid-form formulations come in biodegradable and compostable paper packaging only, enabling refills to truly eliminate single-use containers.  Aer offers their customers the option of subscriptions for convenience and zero waste.

Sustainable Dining

For restaurants this means operating in a way that protects, preserves or restores the natural environment such as through local sourcing, switching to clean energy and reducing food waste. Here are few restaurants in Madrid practicing sustainability:

 

Honest GreensThey are committed to serving fresh, seasonal, unprocessed food without added fillers, preservatives or sugars.  All the food they use has been grown and raised locally.  There are 4 locations in Madrid, including one close to the Madrid campus: Calle Velazquez 123, Calle Hortaleza 100, Paseo de la Castellana 89 and El Corte Inglés Gourmet Experience, Calle Raimundo Fernandez Villaverde 79.

Religion Coffee – Also right near campus, this café serves third wave coffee, healthy food all day long and as they say “good vibes always.” Calle María de Molina 24.

Superchulo – Their vegetarian/vegan cuisine seeks to reinvent traditional dishes and they do it in a healthy, ecological and sustainable way with natural and local ingredients. They avoid any type of chemicals and ultra-processed materials. Calle Manuela Malasaña 11.

K & Co Sustainable Kitchen Bar – This option is located in Las Tablas. Their cuisine is homemade and healthy, using local, fresh and seasonal ingredients. Thanks to their commitment to the environment and sustainable practices they have acquired the highest level of the international Ecocook certification. Calle Puente La Reina 25, local 4.

Naked and Sated – In this fast food restaurant they use real products in every way to produce natural, fresh, seasonal and environmentally friendly food. There are all kinds of options: fruit or protein bowls, toasts, salads, quinoa pizzas, hamburgers and even delicious healthy desserts such as chocolate or carrot cake donuts, or healthy muffins from sweet potato with cashew caramel.

Enjoy the great outdoors – good for your mind, body and spirit!

Madrid may be a city, but you can easily find an outdoor retreat close by: tranquil parks, hiking trails, and scenic views. And it’s good for you!

Parks:

El Retiro is Madrid’s most beloved green oasis filled with beautiful monuments, interesting sculptures, a peaceful lake with paddle boats, and spectacular landscaping.

Casa de Campo, once part of the royal family’s hunting grounds, it is the city’s largest park (1722 hectares!). It has more of a natural feel in places, making it a great place to wander, have a picnic, and enjoy nature.

Parque del Oeste has winding paths, lovely fountains, the cable car connecting the park with Casa de Campo.  Further, here you can visit the 2nd century Egyptian Templo de Debod.

Madrid Río is a 10 km long linear park along the Manzanares River, which includes green spaces, several monuments, bridges of various architectural styles, walkways, rest areas and sports facilities for tennis, soccer, skateboarding, rock climbing, and BMX biking.  It is great for anyone who wants to get moving, but especially bicyclists, as it is a link between major cycling routes at the north and south ends.

Hiking and Scenic Day Trips:

Nature in Madrid is rich and varied. Heading north out of the city you will encounter the Sierra de Guardarrama and the Sierra de Ayllón mountains each which have peaks reaching over 2.000 m in altitude.  In these areas, you will find excellent hiking trails, breathtaking views and lovely towns to explore and recharge your batteries. Here are a few places to check out:

Parque Natural de Peñalara

Located about ninety minutes by bus from the center of Madrid, this natural park includes meadows, pine forests, and lakes and makes for a beautiful day of hiking.

La Pedriza de Manzanares

Geological forces including erosion by water and ice have created striking rock formations in La Pedriza. A popular place for both hiking and rock climbing/bouldering, hundreds of routes of all levels of difficulty are available to hiker and climbers.

Cancho de la Cabeza

Starting in the village of Patones, fans of medieval architecture will revel in this town whose buildings are constructed almost exclusively in black slate. From there, hike the trail to the summit of Cancho de la Cabeza. You’ll have breathtaking views of the reservoirs below and Pico del Lobo mountain.

Have a dog?

Use compostable bags to pick up its waste.  Pet waste is organic, so it will naturally decompose relatively quickly, unlike the typical plastic baggie which takes hundreds of years to break down.

SUSTAINABLE SEGOVIA

In Madrid, you can find dozens of different options to live more sustainably.  Below we share some illustrative examples.  These are by no means the only choices and new inspiration appears almost daily!

Walk, bike or take public transport to get around.

Segovia is a very manageable city to get around without using a car. Save money and the environment with these transportation options for traveling to campus and around Segovia.

  • On foot: Segovia is an easy city for walking.
  • Bus: The city buses are punctual, accessible and comprehensive. Through this link, you will find helpful information about getting around Segovia by bus.
  • Bike Sharing System: The objective of XXXXX is to provide an alternative means of clean and healthy transport and to promote the use of the bicycles in the city. For more information, click here.
Sustainable Clothing

Over the last several years the trend of purchasing ethical and sustainable clothing has been on the rise in Spain.  So much so, that Madrid hosted its very first Sustainable Fashion Week in February 2020 (Read more here.). Listed below are a few online retailers where you can buy clothing that is sustainable, fair trade and/or part of a circular economy.

Ecoalf – They transform waste such as fishing nets, plastic bottles, wheels, and even used coffee grounds into top quality fabrics to later make designer garments.

Flamingos Life – This online store sells stylish, sneakers that are made in Spain from corn waste and bamboo. Through their company, they hope to provide a solution to the ecological crisis in which we find ourselves. They believe animals are a value in their own right and have the right to a life without being used for products or product testing.  Further, they hope to make the fashion industry visible, transparent to the consumer and provide all the information to make good and conscious decisions. Each of their sneaker collections has a social project associated with it, with which they manage to balance their impact and improve the lives of the most vulnerable living beings.

SKFK – Formerly known as Skunkfunk, their ethical commitment ranges from the use of fibers with low environmental impact, to the hiring of ethical suppliers and an in-store collection initiative giving used clothing a second life. Further, they rent their clothing so as to encourage people to cut down on unnecessary purchases and consumerism.

  • Resale, vintage, consignment and thrift stores: Rather than contribute to waste production by shopping new, go to secondhand and thrift stores for clothing, furniture, decor and housewares. This is an excellent way of reusing items in your own community and switching to a more sustainable lifestyle.
  • While there aren’t many actual brick and mortar secondhand stores in Segovia, there are several websites and Facebook groups selling all different types of secondhand items: Wallapop, Milanuncios/, and TELOVENDOTOITOSEGOVIA/
Healthy, fresh, and local.

Help support a sustainable marketplace by patronizing businesses that truly “walk-the-talk”:

  • Municipal and Farmers’ markets This is where you’ll find all types of fresh, local food – produce, fish, chicken, cheese, eggs, and so on. Not only that, it is a very pleasant experience and after a short while you will become a recognized “regular”.  The main municipal market in the city of Segovia is La Albuera.  You can find information about hours and products here.

On the first Saturday of the month from 10:00 – 14:00, there is an open-air ecological market located in the Plaza de Doctor Laguna. Here you will find organic products, fresh produce, medicinal plants and teas, cheeses and yogurts, eggs, chicken, bread, beer and oil, among other things. The market promotes locally grown food as well as the direct relationship between producer and consumer.

  • Buy-in-bulk stores In Segovia you can find the following stores to buy items in bulk, saving money and reducing plastic:

A Saco GranelHere you will find a wide variety of food to buy in bulk – not only beans, rice and pasta, but also cheese, tea, honey, yogurt and many other things. They source locally and many of their products were grown or made in Segovia itself. Calle Desamparados N°4

4eco – In this store located a short walk from the Aqueduct, you can find ecological cleaning productsin bulk for yourself and for your home. All the products are biodegradable plus they were manufactured in Spain! Calle de la Constitución 28

Onzas de Sabor – They offer local and organic regional products in bulk including beans, grains, teas, spices, chocolates and even different algae and sweeteners. Avenida de la Constitución 1.

Ecological Products:

Bio Valsaín – This store is dedicated to selling certified organic and ecological cosmetics and health, hygiene, baby care and cleaning products. Calle de los Coches, 12

Maravillas de Jabón – In this online shop, developed and operated by two lifelong friends, their goal is to offer more sustainable and responsible consumption when buying body and household soaps. On their website, you will not only find soaps, but also accessories and natural cosmetics, which are environmentally conscious in both their production and packaging.

Freshly Cosmetics – Everything they do is designed to protect the environment.  All of their products contain over 99% natural ingredients for all skin types, even the most sensitive ones.  Everything comes in sustainable packaging to reduce waste

Kriim – This online store offers a new way of understanding personal care from a more holistic approach: honest and effective products, personalized services and global experiences within a conscious community. At Kriim, they have their own laboratory where they design and produce their three organic brands.

[ble] – An online home and personal care store that curates sustainable products based on reducing waste and eliminating plastic consumption to preserve animal species and the environment. They believe that they can help consumers have a positive impact by facilitating access to quality products, made with integrity and respectful of the planet. For this reason, they only sell #ResiduoZero, # SinPlástica, #WithoutAnimalCruelty and #WithoutPackaging, sent in compostable and recyclable cardboard boxes with material from controlled forests and they continue daily to look for even more sustainable alternatives.

Aer – This online store was established in 2019 by an IE alum with a quest to set new standards for formulation and product design in home and personal care. Their objective is to formulate products of the finest quality for body and home.  Their solid-form formulations come in biodegradable and compostable paper packaging only, enabling refills to truly eliminate single-use containers.  Aer offers their customers the option of subscriptions for convenience and zero waste.

Kick it up a notch:

Try to buy products certified “fair trade” to support companies dedicated to sustainable production and paying laborers a fair wage. This can reduce poverty, encourage environmentally friendly production methods, and safeguard humane working conditions.

Sustainable Dining

For restaurants this means operating in a way that protects, preserves or restores the natural environment such as through local sourcing, switching to clean energy and reducing food waste. Here is an interesting option in Segovia:

La Huerta de San Lorenzo – Owned and operated by an environmentalist by profession and a gardener at heart, this space is not just a restaurant. It is an authentic medieval orchard, surrounding the Agro-ecological Education and Tourism Center, where there are also guest accommodations and a restaurant. Much of the produce grown in the orchard is organic and goes to the restaurant’s kitchen.  True to the owner’s personal commitment to respect the environment, the products that are not grown on site are acquired directly from organic producers also committed to ecological and sustainable practices. Calle San Vicente el Real, 27

Enjoy the great outdoors – good for your mind, body and spirit!

From the city of Segovia, you have easy access to some of the most beautiful natural areas in Spain. The province has an extensive network of trails for all levels, that allow you to explore spaces of great ecological importance (and it’s good for you!). While there are innumerable towns and natural landscapes to visit in Segovia, below we mention just a few specifically for easy hiking.

Hoces del Río Riaza

The Riaza river has eroded the limestone to create one of the largest collections of gorges, canyons, cliffs and ravines in Spain. In addition to its spectacular landscape, this isolated geographical region is home to an important concentration of birds of prey, most notably 200 pairs of Griffon vultures which you’ll be able to see up close. The hillsides and rocky escarpments are covered with clusters of incense junipers and other fragrant flora, smelling of lavender, thyme, oregano and rock tea. The best way to visit the Hoces del Río Riaza is to start in Valdevacas de Montejo and from there go down through the canyon – at the opening you can visit the solitary Romanesque remains of the convent of El Casuar.

Hoces del Duratón

Hoces del Duratón is the result of the erosion of the Duratón river which runs between the towns of Sepúlveda and Burgomillodo, resulting in the Hoces del Río Duratón Natural Park. Starting in San Frutos you can follow a simple yet beautiful hiking trail combining nature, fauna and art. From the San Frutos viewpoint, you will have amazing views of the Hoces del Duratón. From this viewpoint you can also see the canyons of the Burgomillodo reservoir, where you can traverse some of the steepest trail sections in the entire Duratón river bed. In the last section of the path, you’ll see several species of birds flying overhead. At the end you’ll be able to visit the hermitage of San Frutos, a simple 12th century Romanesque construction sitting on the edge of a cliff.

Senda de los Pescadores

This path is easy but is about 14 kilometers long. It starts on the outskirts of the town of Cuéllar and follows the Cega river through a riverside pine forest. There are a number of lagoons appearing like oases and serving as a refuge for various species of plants. These areas also host a varied fauna finding shelter in an extraordinary habitat. Through here you will see ravines with depths from 20 to 60 meters, and sometimes as wide as 300 meters across.

Have a dog?

Use compostable bags to pick up its waste.  Pet waste is organic, so it will naturally decompose relatively quickly, unlike the typical plastic baggie which takes hundreds of years to break down.

KNOW YOUR IMPACT!

In sustainability, if it can’t be measured, it can’t be managed. The same goes for our individual impacts on the planet! To follow are two simple tools to help you get started and calculate the size of your environmental footprint:

 

For more information:

Website: www.ie.edu/sustainability