Category Archives: Bottled Water Coolers

Bottled Coolers are the most common type of water cooler, with large upside-down blue bottles on the top. Water is delivered in these re-usable bottles and you simply plug them in to your cooler.

5 top tips for making the most of water cooler gossip

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Timing your visit to the water cooler could be compared to timing an SAS raid on a combat zone – while providing one of nature’s greatest ways to prevent dehydration, the water cooler can also become the most dangerous place in your office.

The potentially hazardous zone of the water cooler is risky because most people don’t realise that they are entering the world of office gossip.

It’s nice to move away from your everyday tasks and clear your mind by getting up and walking around – as advised in office life. When you collect water from the cooler you will often be placed in a situation where other employees will join you and involve you in not-so-idle chatter.

Agreeing by implication

Even when you don’t agree with what is being said by the gossipers around the water cooler, if you don’t disagree your silence will be taken as consent by all present when the issue is raised at your employee review or during an exit interview.

Here are five simple tips to ensure that your visits to the water cooler are less adventurous:

  1. Think before you speak. Joining in the conversation can put you in a difficult position, especially if you disagree with the general gossip.
  2. Leave the battle zone early. As soon as the gossipers stray into areas of difficult conversation, turn and leave so you are out of the way as soon as possible. But don’t forget your water!
  3. Time your visits better. Ensure, with military precision, that your visits to the water cooler can be conducted when no one else is there.
  4. Only visit when your boss is there. When your boss is at the water cooler there is less chance that unfortunate gossip will take place.
  5. You could even casually put your comments in writing. Rather than being judged by your verbal comments, send an email to the people that were talking around the water cooler stating your exact point of view.

Gossip can be good for you

Some people suggest that office gossip around the water cooler is an essential ingredient for social interaction between employees. It can be argued that humans need face-to-face social communication with other employees during the course of the day’s work to break up the monotony of being stuck behind a desk or a cog in a factory’s machinery.

People are going to talk anyway and it is perhaps better that employees have relatively short conversations around the water cooler, as opposed to sitting down for 15 or 30 minutes with a group of people where the discussions can become markedly worse over a longer period.

Office gossip is going to happen whether you like it or not. Learning how to deal with it is an essential part of office politics and applying the five tips to make sure that you are not deeply involved with any damaging reports finding the ears and the email of high management, is a skill that is best learned quickly.

Children, bottled water and fizzy drinks

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Why Parents Give Their Children Bottled Water

The healthy message that drinking water is good for you has gradually been seeping through, however soda drink sales don’t appear to have dropped significantly as a consequence. Parents can help children make healthy decisions by providing bottled water instead of sugar filled soda drinks when they’re at school, on a long car journey or anywhere where your kids are going to need rehydration.

Why water is good for you

You don’t need an advert showing a person crawling across the desert to know that your body needs water otherwise it won’t function properly. With water making up more than 50% of your body weight you wouldn’t be able to survive for more than a few days without it.

Water doesn’t just rehydrate you, it also performs a number of significant functions. Your blood, which holds water, carries oxygen to cells around your body. Your body would stop working if the cells died because of a lack of oxygen.

You will also find lots of water in the lymph fluid which forms part of your immune system, designed to help you fight off any illnesses. Water helps you digest food on the way in and helps waste on the way out. Sweating, which is an important part of your body’s life cycle, is mostly made up of water, but we call it perspiration.

Fortunately, you won’t receive your entire water intake just by drinking water. Many fluids that you digest will contain water. Milk contains a lot of water and even fruit contains a little. Most vegetables are full of water, fresh or cooked.

Encouraging children to drink bottle water

Packing bottled water for your children will help ensure that they can turn to water as soon as they feel that they need a drink. This means that not only is the water easily available, but your children don’t have to go searching for taps, particularly in bathrooms, where the water may not be drinkable, but may include impurities because it has been collected, perhaps, from rainwater and is circulated around bathrooms in out of date plumbing.

Many children prefer to drink bottled water, in preference to tap water, because most tap water that is safe to drink has a metallic, chlorine taste, which is sometimes considered not as nice as some bottled waters. Bottled water, in this instance, may mean that your children drink more water during the day.

Some people will argue that fluoride is missing from bottled water, but sufficient can be obtained from other sources. If children are trained to clean their teeth twice a day they will get sufficient fluoride for their bodily systems. Many would even argue fluoride-free is better!

Bottled water doesn’t have to be an expensive item and can quite easily cost less than the latest sugary soda drink. And there’s one more benefit: where parents are able to teach their children to drink bottled water consistently, they are setting a pattern that will hopefully pass on successfully to the next generation and beyond. Consistently drinking sugar and soda drinks will reduce the high levels of obesity found in teenagers today.

As the UK’s No. 1 plumbed-in water cooler supplier, Eden Springs is happy to meet your water needs, whatever your age!

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How to exercise in winter (and year round) with a water workout

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Water Workouts Are a Perfect Year-Round Exercise

If you’re anything like me, you’ll always find excuses not to exercise. In the winter, you can complain that it’s too cold or too dangerous on the ice to go out for a long run in the park. During the summer, you can say it’s often unsafe to run when the sun is at its hottest across the middle of the day. Given that we think about water a lot, we’ve actually found that exercising in water – like a workout in the local swimming pool – works perfectly well all year round.

There are so many diets and recommendations available to everyone these days, but it’s difficult to know which really work and which are just stealing your money. You should know by now that dieting alone is not enough to help you reduce weight or tone your body. To achieve those targets, at any age, you need to exercise regularly and have a healthy diet and what better place to achieve that than in the comfort of warm water?

It’s not all about swimming

Although most people enjoy swimming, it can be quite boring just going up and down the lanes of your local swimming pool. This can be a quite difficult exercise if your local pool doesn’t section off individual lanes for lane swimmers because trying to swim in a straight line in a busy pool is more difficult than driving around the M25. Specific exercise routines in the pool may suit you better because they give you the opportunity to exercise alone, or if you need the camaraderie of team support, you can join exercise classes to burn calories and boost your metabolism while firming all the muscles in your body without putting stress on the major joints at your knees, hips and elbows.

You don’t need to spend a day in a sports superstore, choosing lots of special gear for running, jogging or a day in the gym. You only need a swimsuit and possibly some goggles.

How water helps you

At different stages of your life, you will exercise in a way that is appropriate to your age and lifestyle. Nevertheless, at any age, you can burn 400-500 calories an hour with moderate effort with a water workout and if you really need to burn off a few heavy dinners, hard work can help you burn up to 700 calories.

Water works exceptionally well because it is nearly 800 times stronger than air. This means that every push, pull or motion you complete in the water is helping you achieve a complete resistance workout for your entire body. Instead of pulling weights in the gym, it’s much easier to push water and achieve the same results. Quite soon, you will see the results of strengthening your core, your arms and shoulders and particularly, your glutes.

As you build your muscles, you will set your metabolism working so it will still burn a few more calories even after you’ve been through the shower and dried off.

Water exercise classes help your joints

One added advantage of exercising in water is that gravity is neutralised around you so that you become almost weightless when you are immersed. This helps provide all of your joints with a much needed rest, even when you exercise.

When you’re lucky enough to have a pool at home, you can choose your own music and burn calories at a time that suits you. If you have to visit your local swimming pool for your workout, you will usually find plenty of opportunities because water workout classes are extremely popular.

And don’t forget about the health benefits of drinking water, too! An Eden office water cooler makes sure you have refreshing, healthy water all through the day.

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Four creative ways to recycle plastic water bottles

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bottled water home

Eden Springs reuse the average water cooler bottled over 50 times and recycle them at their life’s end to be as environmentally-friendly as possible. However, while returning the bottles to us will always be the most ‘green’ option, there are a few more ‘creative’ ways to reuse water bottles if you should so choose. Here are a few oddball examples!

bottled water home

1. Build a house

Building a house with plastic water bottles is not as crazy as you might think. In fact, it’s been done before by a German man called Andreas Froese who has a company in Honduras called Eco-Tec. Plastic bottles are useful for building because they are not expensive, they’re not brittle, they make good shock absorbers and they can be reused. All you have to do is fill them with mud and you have the perfect brick replacement, which companies like Eco-Tec are finding out with their buildings.

2. Make insulation

This is related to the first use and is an inspirational example of how to solve two problems at once. Volunteer Laura Kutner was working in Guatemala when she realised that the bottles she was drinking from with the same size as the frames for the walls in the school where she worked. She started a project to fill the bottles with the trash that was littering the town and then encase them in chicken wire and cement them to make insulated walls. The project brought the community together and is now ready for duplication in other parts of the world.

3. Create your own island

Many of us dream of having our own private island but how many of us know exactly how to get one without spending a fortune? Richard Sowa created his own private island off Cancun by using empty plastic bottles in nets piled with bamboo, plywood and sand. The island included beaches, a house, a solar oven and the composting toilet. When that island was destroyed by hurricane in 2005, Richard Sowa set about building another one. The new Spiral Island includes a couple of ponds, a solar panel and a solar powered waterfall. Many others are now building their own islands from plastic bottles and other materials!

4. Make art and craft

For some reason plastic water bottles are great for artistic endeavours. Whether you choose to cut them up to make vases and plant pots, use the ends of PET bottles to makes pseudo flowers or do larger exhibitions and installations, reusing plastic bottles is a wonderful way to make an eco-artistic statement. Very artsy!

Are kids drinking enough water at school?

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Are Kids Drinking Enough Water At School?

Children spend a majority of their time in school, and their health while they’re there is a concern. It is common knowledge that good hydration through consumption of water is beneficial for a body’s health, with lack of water potentially leading to health problems such as dehydration, constipation, kidney infections and urinary tract infections. Even slight dehydration can cause fatigue, loss or lack of concentration, headaches and lethargy; all of which affect a child’s ability to learn. Are schools educating children about the need for water and providing enough opportunities for children to drink water while they are at school?

Are Kids Drinking Enough Water At School?

Water is an essential nutrient for the human body. The body’s weight is actually significantly made up of water, and every system in the body is dependent on it.  The body loses water through respiration, perspiration, and urine and bowel movements, and it is important to resupply with water so that it can perform its normal functions. Children may not be aware of the body’s need for an adequate daily intake of water.

How much water does the body need?

For quite some time the general rule of thumb has been to consume eight 225ml glasses of water on a daily basis. This was a ‘safe’ measurement because the daily intake of water varies on age, size, and location. For example, typical men need to drink more water than women and children because men usually have larger body sizes. The suggested recommendation for children is to consume six to eight 225ml glasses of water on a daily basis.

Is water readily available to school children?

Most schools have water fountains or school water coolers strategically placed in the classrooms and in the hallways, but how often are children allowed to get a drink of water from them? Recent studies have shown that most school children are not drinking enough water at school, and indicate that free water is not readily available to school children during lunch time. This is unfortunate, as children cannot function at their best when they are even mildly dehydrated.

What are the alternatives?

Parents and other advocates can speak to the school boards about making free water readily available to children at school. They can suggest the implementation of more portable or bottled water coolers, mains fed water coolers, pitchers of water, or allowing children to take their own water bottles to school. Parents can educate their children about the importance of adequate water consumption.

If the public are educated and reminded about the need for children to consume an adequate daily amount of water, simple changes can be made and schools can begin providing more opportunities for children to drink water at school. School children will be healthier, physically, mentally and emotionally.


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The carbon footprint of water

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Putting Eden water’s carbon footprint into perspective

water cooler carbon footprintEden 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:

Product Size measured kCO2/size kCO2/litre
Glass of water from an Eden bottled water cooler 20cl 0.03 0.150
Glass of water from an Eden plumbed water cooler 20cl 0.03 0.140
Glass of water from a PET bottle 20cl 0.03 0.360
Glass of Tropicana orange juice 20cl 0.18 0.899
Glass of milk 20cl 0.21 1.040
Coca Cola Classic (glass bottle) 33cl 0.36 1.080
Cup of hot tea 30cl 0.07 0.236
Cup of large cappuccino 20cl 0.24 0.940
Cup of Nespresso coffee 5cl 0.10 1.960
Innocent smoothie 25cl 0.29 1.176
An email normal email 0.004
A Google search a Google search 0.002
A banana medium size 0.08

5 Tips for Looking after your Water Cooler

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water cooler tips video

water cooler tips video

Water from Eden water coolers is tasty, safe and refreshing. However we want to ensure your cooler is working exactly as intended and keep you cooler in top shape, so take the advice of  Steven Riley, Cooler Expert for Eden Springs UK, to ensure the very small risk of water contamination remains small and unnecessary call-outs are avoided!

1. Are you plugged in?

It’s a surprisingly regular occurance – a cleaner might take out the cooler power plug so they can plug in the vacuum cleaner and they forget to plug the cooler back in. A call to our water cooler customer service team follows explaining that the cooler isn’t chilling the water, with a subsequent visit from a cooler expert, only to find out the cooler isn’t plugged in! So if you haven’t got cooled water, check one should be the power socket.

2. Watch for drip tray overflow

Often water cooler drip trays are left unemptied and overflowing, and this can lead to water spilling onto the floor. Often the first response to water on the floor is “The cooler is leaking” and an Eden Springs representative is called, and you go without chilled water unnecessarily. In order to maintain a clean and uncontaminated cooler we recommend regularly taking out the drip tray to empty and clean.

3. Store your water bottles in a suitable location

It’s important to store your water cooler bottles in a suitable room or space; yes we’d all prefer the bottles to be near your cooler, but there are other equally important factors to consider. The bottles should ideally be stored in a cold and dark environment, and they should preferably be stored off the floor to avoid any potential contamination from the floor surface. There is always a small chance that any spills, debris or cleaning fluids used on the floor can get into the bottles over time. Also the water cooler bottles themselves are made of a type of plastic, and chemicals or even the colour and dye of the bottles can seep into the water if left in direct sunlight or alongside contaminating materials.

4. Don’t refill water bottles

We generally wouldn’t recommend refilling bottles etc from water coolers, especially if there isn’t enough room for the bottle to sit well below the taps. This is because when refilling bottles people will often push the mouth of the bottle directly up against the water taps, and this is an opportunity for bacteria or viruses to transfer from the bottle to the cooler tap. If one person with a cold, say, did this in a busy office you can imagine how many people might catch this simply because they have refilled their bottle at the water cooler.

5. Clean inbetween sanitisation visits

To enjoy your water to the full contamination prevention is important. To achieve this we would recommend cleaning your water cooler intermittently and between our official sanitisation visits; it’s obviously not a full strip-and-clean of the cooler, however any cleaning will significantly reduce the chance of cross-contamination of your water. To this end we can also supply you with special sanitisation kits, which contain a small hydrogen peroxide spray, wipes, and a brush for fine cleaning around taps. Simply spray the cleaning fluid, wipe off and allow to dry.

After an Eden Springs sanitisation we also recommend changing the bottle on the cooler, as we don’t know how long a bottle has been on the cooler and with a nice clean cooler and reservoir we don’t want to reintroduce a potentially contaminated bottle.

The Moon – a new water source?

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The Moon - A New Water Source?

The Moon - A New Water Source?At Eden Springs, we were intrigued by recent reports about the amount of water on the moon. The background to this is that last year, NASA searched for water on the moon. Well, they didn’t so much search, as blast a crater and create a splash – a big splash. Original estimates were that the resultant crater (on the dark side of the moon) contained 41 gallons of ice and vapour. While that doesn’t sound too exciting, it’s a lot of water for somewhere that was previously considered a water-free zone. And there’s more, because there’s new data from the crater.

It seems that the plume blown up by the impact contained 5.5% of water-ice (by weight).  Still not excited? Wait till you hear this – conservative estimates of the amount of water in just the 10km around the impact site put the amount at a billion gallons of water – and that’s nothing to sniff at. That’s enough water to fill 1,500 Olympic sized swimming pools and provide more than enough hydration for any future moon explorers. Who knows? Maybe one day Eden Springs will be providing bottled water coolers on the moon!

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Which Water Cooler is Right For You?

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Bottled Water Cooler

Bottled Water CoolerAre you thinking about water cooler solutions for your office? Keeping employees hydrated is the best way to promote health and wellbeing at work – and it will boost productivity too. But with lots of different water coolers to choose from, how do you know which is the right one?

Bottled Water Coolers

One of your options is a bottle-fed water cooler, with the distinctive bottle on top feeding fresh, natural water into the cooling system. There are several types of bottled water coolers, offering different water temperatures (ambient, cool or even hot) and available in free standing and desktop varieties. You can even match your cooler to the colour scheme in your office, having it in white, black, stainless steel or brushed metal.

Mains Water Coolers

These days, many people prefer to fix their costs by buying or renting plumbed-in water coolers, which take water from your mains water supply and cool or heat it as needed.  A good example of this is our Eden Unlimited range equipped with Brita/3M designed filters so you can be sure that all impurities are removed before you take a drink.

Still confused about which Eden Springs water cooler to choose? Try our water cooler solution test to get some ideas. We’ll even throw in some figures on estimated water consumption so you can work out how much your bottled or plumbed-in water cooler will cost you.

Eden Quality – Not Just Water Cooler Chat

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For Eden Springs, talking about the quality of Eden Water is not just more water cooler chat – we’re fanatical about quality. That’s just one of the reasons we’re members of the British Water Cooler Association. Our membership is your guarantee that we focus on quality, safety and looking after the environment when providing your water cooler.  Being a BWCA member keeps us on our toes, and that’s just where we want to be.

This is their mission:

To ensure the attainment of the highest standards of quality, safety, hygiene and ethical conduct in the water cooler Industry through unimpeachable products and services supplied by Members to their customers, in full recognition of the Industry’s environmental responsibilities.

Confirmed water cooler quality

To carry it out the BWCA confirms the quality of our water sources and bottling plants, the maintenance and sanitisation of our water coolers, our staff training processes and programmes, and our eco-friendly practices. The BWCA also carries out auditing and inspection through independent providers (there’s no fooling them, not that we would want to!).

So what does this mean for you? You can be sure that we have well trained staff for every step of the water collection, bottling and water cooler installation process. Our staff know about hygiene to make sure  you get a safe, quality product that complies with all national standards. You know that we’re up to date with recycling of coolers, bottles, cups and packaging, so using our water coolers remains an eco-friendly option.

We’ve also signed up for a rigorous code of practice and code of advertising which keeps us honest, so everything we say about our water is the truth and you can continue to enjoy healthy bottled water with no worries.