Putting Eden water’s carbon footprint into perspective
Eden Springs, as a low carbon company and the first accredited carbon neutral water cooler company in the UK, are committed to reducing the environmental impact of what we do. However it’s important to know how our products perform in relation to other hydration options and popular products. Thanks to our stringent auditing and research process undertaken as part of our journey to become carbon neutral we know exactly what carbon footprint a glass of our water has.
The Carbon footprint of a product is the total greenhouse gases (GHG) emitted, directly or indirectly, during the extraction, production, distribution and consumption of the product. We can see that a glass of Eden water has a carbon footprint of about 1/6 of that of a glass of orange juice, and almost half that of a cup of tea.
Compare the carbon footprints of several day-to-day drinks or services for yourself:
As part of this commitment we are pleased to announce that Eden Springs UK has acquired Shakespeare Coffee Company, one of the largest independent coffee companies in the UK. This is the biggest Eden’s acquisition in the coffee industry in Europe and represents a strong commitment to accelerate the development of the coffee and hot beverage business segment for customers.
Coffee machines rental
We currently offer a flexible and attractive range of hot drinks machines, with a range of coffee delivery services set to be rolled out.
UK’s biggest independent coffee distributor
Based near Birmingham, Shakespeare Coffee Company specialises in premium coffee brewing systems and vending machines, providing expertise to small-to-medium offices
and large national multi-location businesses. The acquisition of one of UK’s biggest independent coffee distributor will enable Eden Springs to offer all our customers a full hydration package, with mains and bottle-fed water coolers and a complete range of hot beverage solutions including premium coffee, hot chocolate, tea and even soup.
Shakespeare’s industry knowledge will help us provide you, our customers, with the very best advice and selection of workplace drinks available, and we warmly welcome everyone from Shakespeare into the Eden Group!
First certified CO2 neutral company in the water cooler industry
Supporting our position as the UK market leader we have become the first low carbon water cooler company in the UK to achieve CarbonNeutral® company and product certification, achieved in partnership with the CarbonNeutral Company.
Unlike some carbon offsetting programmes it is based upon a comprehensive, carbon-reducing full life cycle assessment – we have worked with Swiss experts Quantis International, an international leader in this field, who have helped us analyse and improve all areas of the business, including transport, production, cooler selection and even office behaviour.
Energy saving intiatives for water industry
Numerous beneficial environmental programmes were identified and implemented straight away across the UK business, such as:
All Eden Springs water coolers are selected using the Energy Star recommendations, resulting in a 50% reduction in energy consumption.
Water delivery services are optimised for fuel efficiency and reduced environmental impact through routing systems for all transport vehicles.
Fuel efficient vehicles and eco-friendly vehicles help save fuel.
Eden customers are encouraged to dispose cups etc into recycling bins to reduce impact upon landfills and the environment.
Net zero carbon emissions
In addition to becoming a low carbon company, remaining greenhouse gas emissions were reduced to net zero through the purchase of carbon credits from clean and renewable technology offset projects. The projects, in regions where it is crucial to limit the global levels of greenhouse gas emissions, include a run-of-river hydro power project in India and a methane capture initiative in China. This means that for every unavoidable tonne of carbon generated in our operations the same amount is prevented from entering the atmosphere through these projects.
Protecting precious resources
Eden Springs’ UK Managing Director, Jean-Marc Bolinger, said: “As a company, we fully understand that water is one of our planet’s most precious resources and we are acutely aware of the importance of protecting it. Being the first in our industry to achieve CarbonNeutral® certification for both our company and products demonstrates our long term commitment to environmental responsibility.
“We take great pride as a company that we have taken this lead in the industry, where others are now following, and it helps us define our position as market leaders. We believe that we have set a benchmark for a new industry standard in environmental practices.”
Tom McCabe, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Hamilton South, recently visited Eden Springs UK’s headquarters in Blantyre, Hamilton, to meet UK Managing Director Jean-Marc Bolinger.
McCabe said: “Eden Springs is a significant Lanarkshire employer and I have seen first-hand the positive and inclusive working environment maintained at the headquarters. The company’s ambitious growth plans will provide a welcome boost to local employment, and the wider Scottish economy, and I look forward to the company’s development over the coming years.”
Water jobs in Scotland
Employee numbers at Eden Springs’ Scotland operations have trebled since 2001, and Eden’s Jean-Marc Bolinger confirmed a strong commitment to the local area: “We will continue to develop our HQ in Blantyre and investments are planned in almost all areas of the business. As the company grows, the concentration of jobs in Scotland are likely to increase, underpinning our key role as a local employer.”
Products and partnerships
“Our industry is currently undergoing a period of major consolidation which presents a significant opportunity for Eden Springs to expand” explains Jean-Marc Bolinger, UK Managing Director. “Over the next few years we look forward to developing new products and partnerships, and building on the environmental sustainability of our production and distribution networks.”
At week 12 of the competition and Denise is just in the lead – way to go Denise! But with only another week or healthy-living left to win the Ultimate SodaStream fizzy drinks machine the pressure is really on!
Eden’s Biggest Loser challenge has reached week 7 and the competition is hotting up with Susie and Denise leading the way towards a fitter physique!
With only six weeks left in the competition the guys and gals really need to get moving and losing if they’re to claim the top prize of shopping vouchers and an incredible SodaStream Ultimate drinks maker.
Who do you think will top the table next week? Anyone looking like catching from the bottom of the chart? Let us know and check back next week!
We’ve given the guys and gals at Eden some time to get into the Biggest Loser competition, and it’s now week 5 – this far through there’s no excuses, we want everyone to be making changes towards a healthier lifestyle!
And they’ve all responded brilliantly with some great achievements; Susan Muir and Denise Chisholm in particular losing a great amount of weight since the competition began. They’re in pole position to win the SodaStream drinks machine, but can they keep it up for the rest of the Biggest Loser challenge?
Loser challengers, have you found the going tough? Fellow Eden staff, have you been impressed by their efforts? Or are you on snack-watch, waiting for their resistance to break?
Check back next week to find out how they’re all doing!
As part of our Well Being@Work campaign Eden Springs employees from our Blantyre Glasgow headquarters are striving to become ‘The Biggest Loser’, competing against each other through healthy eating and controlled exercise to lose the most weight (safely)!
At Eden we certainly know that good hydration is part of a healthy lifestyle, but it’s only one part – aspects such as healthy eating and exercise are integral to achieving a healthy lifestyle and physique.
To support the efforts of the team and encourage them to get healthy, Eden Springs are donating a super-duper SodaStream fizzy drinks maker to the winner who loses the biggest percentage of their weight. The challenge is on!
Meet the team
Find out more about the people looking to change their lifestyle and weight:
John ‘JT’ Thornton
Hobbies: “Gym at the weekend! Oh how I look forward to it” (with sarcasm…)
Savoury or sweet?: Sweet (like his nature)
Food weakness: Chocolate! And the Scottish favourite Irn-Bru.
Why taking part?: “To lose a few stone and make sure I look amazing on the beach!”
How does Eden help?: “The ‘food patrols’ and team morale support has helped keep us on a straight path, while 6 x 500ml bottles of water a day keeps me going.”
Sally ‘Salbart’ Bartholomew
Hobbies: Drinking, dancing and singing badly at karaoke
Savoury or sweet?: Both
Food weakness: Haribo, jelly sweets and milk.
Why taking part?: “I stopped smoking after I was diagnosed with Asthma – I was on steriods and gained a few extra pounds.”
How does Eden help?: “It’ll require my own will power. There’s no excuse for not drinking water as part of it, we’re surrounded by it!”
Hobbies: Eating out
Savoury or sweet?: Both
Food weakness: Anything bad for you, especially meals out.
Why taking part?: “So I can fit into my holiday clothes, and in my bikini not scare young children off the beach. I will try to stay on it and bin all my fat clothes!”
How does Eden help?: “It’s going to be a daily support group – no cheating at work! We’ve also got plenty of water so no excuses for not having it.”
Hobbies: Cooking, listening to music, visiting family and having a drink with friends.
Why taking part?: “So I can get into my old jeans.”
How does Eden help?: “The support is great, and it’s handy to have folk in the same situation as you. Personally I’m not much of a water drinker but Eden water certainly helps your hydration. I’ll continue with the healthy lifestyle afterwards, but may take a week off…”
Hobbies: Going to the pub.
Savoury or sweet?: Savoury.
Food weakness: Bacon, chips, crisps, wine.
Why taking part?: “To take up healthy eating.”
How does Eden help?: “Having Eden staff alongside me will help, deffo.”
Sharon ‘Marshmallow’ Brady
Hobbies: As long as she has a chuckle she’s happy
Savoury or sweet?: She’s a sweet person after she’s had something savoury.
Food weakness: Anything under the category of ‘food’
Why taking part?: “To become The Biggest Loser! Diet is a bad word, so of course I’ll change the lifestyle not just the menu – will anyone be monitoring me afterwards?”
How does Eden help?: “Eden water helps me with energy, health, creativity and focus so I’ve heard…and when I win I will bring all my colleagues a drink from my new SodaStream!”
Valerie ‘Val’ Little
Hobbies: Drinking gin, walking the dog, being with friends/family, shopping.
Savoury or sweet?: Savoury.
Food weakness: Chinese food, crisps and general munching.
Why taking part?: “To lose weight and look better – if that’s possible, I look so good already! I may continue healthy eating after…sometimes…maybe….”
How does Eden help?: “Hydration is definitely the way forward, although the rest of the team haven’t helped so far…LOL”