Johannes Graupner

Science meets soulbottles

Freshwater researchers and young social entrepreneurs interchange

Are microplastics a risk for our freshwater systems? IGB scientist Saskia Rehse shows her research results. | Photo: Katharina Bunk/IGB

Within the workshop series Uncharted Waters, the IGB regularly invites interesting representatives from businesses, associations and politics to an open exchange. This time, the team of soulbottles was our guest. The young company from Berlin produces sustainable drinking water bottles without plastic, and financially supports water and sanitation projects in developing countries.

Particularly interesting: the social enterprise belongs to the employees themselves and is not obliged to any external shareholders. In addition, the team has largely dissolved traditional hierarchies and has organised its work according to a holocratic principle. In particular, these new forms of cooperation - New Work - provided a lot of aspects for discussion and suggestions on how cooperation could be better organised in the daily research process.

For the soulbottles team there were current insights into freshwater research, in particular into pollution problems caused by overfertilisation, drug residues and microplastics. The day ended with a swim, games and cool summer drinks at the lakeshore. The IGB thanks for the visit and the good exchange!

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