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General Manager, Amadeus Japan
There are three things I can’t leave my house without in the morning; my mobile phone, my keys, and my reusable chopsticks. You might be wondering why I take the third item. In Japan, over 24 billion pairs of disposable chopsticks are used every year, so you can imagine how much waste this creates.
As a business with operations all over the world and across Japan, we do what we can to reduce our impact on the environment by conserving energy and ensuring we maintainsustainable business operations. Encouraging our staff to bring reusable chopsticks to the office is just one way we do this.
Recently we took this a step further and decided to take part in the Ministry of Environment’s 'Challenge 25 ' which aims to reduce greenhouse gases in Japan by (you guessed it) 25%.
As a ‘corporate challenger’ we promote and drive initiatives that allow our employees to reduce their environmental footprint, both in the workplace and at home.
To further encourage our employees to take part in Challenge 25, we offered cash prizes for the best environmentally friendly ideas put forward. One such prize went to Satoko Fumuro who had the bright idea to recycle juice and milk cartons and use the cardboard as a cutting board, it’s a simple idea that went a long way in our office.
Our Challenge 25 campaign is still ongoing, but ideas continue to flood in daily. No action is too small to make an impact. If each of us makes small changes and small contributions, globally we can make a big difference and ensure that we save energy, reduce waste and protect our environment.