Today, on the occasion of the international World Water Day, a group of inspired staff at the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) in Berne is launching a vision: to free SDC from plastic cups and pet bottles and to promote the consumption of tap water. Under the slogan “Be the change you want to see in the world” this initiative aims at raising awareness for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG 12 on responsible consumption.

“We could save 17’000 plastic cups and a thousand of plastic bottles a year by using individual drinking glasses and our delicious fresh tap water” says Julia Singh, one of the master-minds of the initiative. The distribution of drinking glasses to all SDC-staff in headquarters today was the first step of raising awareness.