Danish designer Ulrik Rasmussen innovated the instant coffee world recently with his revolutionary disposable coffee machine, giving caffeine addicts across the globe the possibility of access to quality coffee on the go for the very first time. This nifty new invention combines coffee and cutting-edge design, resulting in a pouch with the power to change the instant coffee game for good. This fantastic five-minute brew is an absolute game-changer for outdoor cuisine, with hikers, runners, cyclists, skiers and all kinds of fitness fans an all-new way to get that caffeine boost on the move.
The Grower’s Cup system is as simple as it is ground-breaking. Described by the man himself as a disposable French press, the Coffeebrewer is made from PE-coated paper and a filter material like the kind used to make rice bags. Gourmet coffee lovers might think there’s no way that a system this simple couldn’t possible have superior results – but this one-of-a-kind brewing system preserves your coffee’s natural oils, enhancing both the flavour and the aroma, achieving one particularly beautiful brew.
The coffee you’ll find inside the Grower’s Cup is far from substandard too. The range includes Bolivia, Nicaragua, Honduras, Ethiopia and Guatemala, each more scrumptious than the last, and each one boasting its own unique aroma – meaning this offbeat invention makes no sacrifices on the quality front. Each bag makes two cups of coffee when using 300ml of water, with the ground beans held in a special filter the water pours through. Pretty neat.
If you’re as intrigued as we are by this feat of engineering, behold the beauty of the Grower’s Cup right here. And if you’re ready to make the magic happen, here’s how you can get in on the instant coffee action:
Open the top of the Coffeebrewer from one side to the other, then pull out the red string and shape the bottom of the bag so it’ll stand upright.
Pour in half a litre of hot water, close the zipper in the top and brew for 5-6 minutes.
Widen the Coffeebrewer’s pour spout and simply pour your gourmet coffee into the receptacle of your choice.
It’s clear that this disposable coffee machine has redefined the term ‘instant coffee’, and now that coffee this good has been made this easy, we can safely say that Ulrik Rasmussen makes one mighty fine cuppa.
At Eden Springs, there’s nothing we love more than eco-efficient coffee solutions – and this Coffeebrewer certainly fits the bill. We’re committed to the environment, providing offices throughout the UK with eco-friendly coffee machines and water coolers to keep you and your employees caffeinated and hydrated all day long.
The term “carbon footprint” has been a major buzz word in recent years, with growing pressure on both organisations and individuals to reduce their environmental impact. The question raised, however, is how exactly does one measure their carbon footprint?
There are numerous apps already on the market which provide advice and tips aimed at reducing your carbon footprint based on your activities. However, these have received a lukewarm reception thus far, with users failing to use them on a regular basis as part of their daily life. Software developer Oroeco has created an app specifically to address this problem. The Oroeco app uses data from the Mint personal finance app to monitor each user’s spending data and purchases, automatically calculating their carbon impact based on their spending.
The data is then presented back to users in an easy-to-understand graph, showing users exactly what impact they are having on the environment. One problem faced by competing apps is the inability to sustain interest. In order to tackle this, the Oroeco app introduces social media into the app. Users are able to share their carbon footprint with their friends and compete with each other in a “who is the greenest?” challenge. Oroeco also plan on running competitions with environmentally friendly prizes to help users further reduce their carbon footprint at home.
One nifty feature of the Oroeco app is the ability to offset your carbon footprint by purchasing carbon offsets at the touch of a button. This means that if you’re in the red one month, you can soothe your environmental conscience by donating your money to carbon negative organisations.
With apps like this becoming more readily available, and more prominent in the mainstream, we’re happy to see that society seems to be taking a welcome step into the world of green living. With the help of Oroeco’s social media functionality, we should only continue to see environmental awareness infiltrate the public consciousness – and our collective carbon footprint decrease along with it.
At Eden Springs, we take our commitment to the environment seriously, which is why we were the first Carbon Neutral certified water cooler supplier in the UK. We care about our planet and admire the innovation of apps like Oroeco, as we’re also dedicated to providing our customers with environmentally friendly products, via our water and coffee solutions. Since 2007, we have even implemented an ecological program designed to reduce CO2 emissions – and encourage the rest of the industry to follow in our carbon neutral footsteps.
If you’re on the hunt for eco-friendly office products with the power to minimise your own carbon footprint, Eden Springs can help. Our range of environmentally-conscious water coolers and coffee machines are the ultimate green addition to any office, helping you to fulfil your commitment to the environment – and stay gloriously hydrated all day long.
This year sees an exciting new initiative in the world of biodegradable products, with the world’s first edible water bottle coming into existence after years of development.
Design students at the Imperial College of London have revolutionised the water container and the result is ‘Ooho’ – a 100% edible water bottle with the potential to conquer the plastic waste epedemic forever.
Image courtesy of Rodrigo García González
How does this exist?
The design team, led by student Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez, created this bizarre innovation by dipping a frozen ball of water into calcium chloride – forming a gelatinous layer. The ball is reinforced by soaking in a brown algae extract solution, encapsulating the ice in a squishy outer membrane – and voila. A water container made for human consumption.
Amazingly, the technique responsible for Ooho’s creation was inspired by Spanish culinary genius Ferran Adrià, who pioneered this process to add juice-filled pearls to bubble tea. This unusual origin story is a testament to the ground-breaking creative prowess in today’s practical design world.
What does this mean for the future?
As it stands, hundreds of thousands of tonnes in plastic bottles are sent to landfill by households each year, equivalent to almost £100m if they were recycled. At Eden Springs, we embrace our environmental responsibilities, promoting office water coolers in favour of excessive PET water bottle use. It’s clear, however, that Ooho means big things for the future of unnecessary plastic waste. Being able to rid the world of this particular waste problem would mean global progress on the environmental front – and this comes just 6 months after projections that the industry would reach $70bn in value by 2017.
Eden Springs understands the need to eliminate any avoidable plastic waste, which is why our 95,000 strong customer base uses 79,000 of our environmentally-friendly water cooler bottles each year – compared with the 75 million individual litre bottles it would take to contain the same amount of water. With eco-conscious companies becoming greener than ever, and with innovations like Ooho on the horizon, the future appears to be bright on the environmental front.
Ooho has already seen its share of backlash, however, with its aesthetic form being likened to jellyfish and even breast implants. But, although this miraculous new water container may not be pretty, it’s certainly an environmental game-changer.
The product is still in the testing stages – so it might be some time before we’re seeing these innovative little containers ready for mass production – but there’s no doubt that Ooho is guaranteed to make its way into the next generation’s green office.
It’s Green Office Week 2014 – will you be following the daily tips for moving towards a greener office? Why not place the tips up as a poster or computer desktop in your office to remind everybody to do their bit?
Green Office Week 2014 Monday 12th–Friday 16th May Monday – Energy: At the end of the day make sure all electrical equipment is switched off Tuesday – Transport: Try walking, cycling or carpooling to the office today Wednesday – Waste: Reduce, reuse, recycle. Thursday – Purchasing: Promote use of environmentally friendly products Friday – Innovation: Encourage employees to share ideas about how to create a sustainable working environment.
We’re in the midst of Green Office Week 2014, and there’s no time like the present to take the plunge and go green in the workplace. Green Office Week goes beyond simply doing your bit for the environment at work – it’s about getting all of your colleagues and management involved too. Green Office Week runs from the 12th-16th May 2014, promoting long-term, environmentally friendly practices in business.
We spoke to Ruth Perrin, Category Manager at Avery UK, to get her thoughts on the importance of eco-consciousness in the workplace – and to find out how Avery UK is taking a proactive approach to greener business in ways that we can all learn from.
“As a business, we understand the importance of producing sustainable products, which is why we created our range of labels manufactured from FCS certified paper sourced from responsibly-managed forests. However, we wanted to go even further and help drive change in other offices around the UK.
Working in an eco-friendly environment we realised that ‘nobody can do everything but everyone can do something’. That was our inspiration for Green Office Week; a week that demonstrates everyone, regardless of job role or responsibility, can do something to help make a difference.”
Now let’s take a look at the stats so we can see why Green Office Week is such an important initiative for the future of the business world – and what you can do to make your office a green one and play your part.
What’s the Problem?
Offices in the UK produce millions of tonnes of waste every year. Unsurprisingly, statistics show that the majority (70%) of office waste is made up of paper. Of this figure, 29% are unnecessary printouts and a further 23% is made up of mixed waste paper. The rest of the 70% includes discarded newspapers, cardboard and various recyclable packaging.
The problem is that the majority of this readily recyclable material goes straight into landfills and isn’t reused – meaning that more trees will have to be cut down to make new paper, rather than paper being produced through recycling old materials.
How Can I Make a Difference?
There are three important Rs to remember when it comes to recycling – reduce, reuse and recycle. These should serve as an easy daily reminder as to how you and your colleagues can reduce their environmental impact.
Reducing the amount of printed paper in the office is perhaps the biggest step any business can take towards reducing their environmental impact – many businesses have been trailblazers in adopting a completely paperless approach. This is fantastic news, although understandably may not be practical for everyone. Remember to refer back to the three R’s – reduce, reuse and recycle. Do you really need to print this document? Can it be emailed or viewed on a computer instead?
If you’re only printing a document as a draft, consider reusing scrap paper and printing on the reverse side. Many office printers have numerous paper trays, one of which could be re-loaded with scrap paper for this purpose. If you’ve gone through the first two Rs, and need to dispose of paper, ensure that it goes into a dedicated recycling bin so it can be processed by a recycling plant and turned back into fresh paper in the future.
Encouraging employees to read the news online during their lunch break rather than buying a disposable newspaper can make a huge difference. There are numerous major newspapers which offer duplicate free content on their website.
Make sure you get involved – there are numerous ways you can help motivate your office into joining the green revolution. Speak to your boss and take it upon yourself to send out an internal email telling people what they can do to help and how they can get involved. Create posters with the three Rs to serve as reminders in reducing waste in the first place – place these strategically around the office, near printers, and above computers and waste bins.
Another important step is to ensure that your office has access to proper recycling facilities – this could be as simple as buying a second bin for paper waste. If you want to go all out, keep your office’s environmental impact to an absolute minimum by ensuring that waste is separated into as many recyclable materials as possible. These could include plastics, paper, glass and metal, depending on what kind of waste your office produces. Ensure that as little waste as possible is placed into the general waste disposal, as this goes into landfills. Try and limit general waste to biodegradable products – be part of the solution and not the problem.
There are numerous companies offering commercial recycling services, separating and disposing of office waste properly and in an environmentally friendly manner. For further information on your responsibilities in business waste management, visit the Environment Agency website.
Avery UK are excited to see the coverage that this year’s Green Office initiative has seen so far this week: “It’s been great to see the tweets, Facebook posts and pictures coming through. Over the next few days, we will be asking people to share #myecocuppa and #greenselfie pictures to drive awareness further. Thank you Eden Springs for all their support of the week so far.”
At Eden Springs, we’re proud to be carbon neutral. Offering office beverage solutions including water coolers and hot drink machines, we are aware of our environmental impact and have taken important steps towards neutralising it. All of our bottled water is from local, sustainable sources and our water cooler bottles are also reused numerous times before being recycled.
The term “carbon footprint” has been a buzzword for quite a few years now. It is significant enough of a topic to merit thousands of yearly conferences all around the world; where scientists, activists and concerned parties come together to discuss the impact of our carbon footprint on the world and practical ways we as communities and individuals can aim to reduce it.
It is vital that drinks and water companies like Eden Springs understand their carbon outputs, seek to reduce its impact, and look to affect a wider change in the businesses and people serviced.
Understanding greenhouse emissions
Over the last decade companies have been particularly concerned with organisational and product carbon footprints and every year hundreds of thousands of companies carry out carbon footprint assessments to determine their total greenhouse gas emissions.
Reducing carbon emissions through these sources is not something that happens overnight but in fact involves a long term overhaul of the business operations and processes. This has ranged from optimisation of delivery routes (to conserve fuel) to strict product selection for efficiency, and highlights the opportunities available in every areas of a business.
Immediate changes were implemented by opting to support a number of carbon offset projects in partnership with The CarbonNeutral Company in order to support organisational carbon footprint reduction.
Glass half empty
One thing we sought out to do very quickly was to establish the carbon emissions produced from a single glass of Eden Springs water, including the production of materials, transport and resources used to produce that glass of water. Once that had been established we wanted to be able to compare this with other beverages and products commonly used by consumers in the UK. For example, a 20cl glass of Eden water has 0,03 kCO2 whereas a 20cl cup of cappuccino has 0,24 kCO2; meaning that a glass of Eden water has much less of an impact on the environment than a cup of cappuccino.
A vital step in becoming not just a carbon neutral but a ‘carbon considerate’ company is achieved through informing and educating you, the customer base, about the impacts of your actions and decisions, and helping to impact a wider change in habits outside of the direct company reach.
A product’s carbon footprint is evidently not just important to the company, but also to the consumer and their intention to purchase. The Carbon Trust identified in a survey that 67% of UK consumers are more likely to buy a product with a low carbon footprint and 44% of consumers would switch to a lower carbon product even if the brand wasn’t their first choice.
Workplaces that consider themselves ‘carbon footprint conscious’ can do more to reduce personal and business carbon footprints aside from considering choices of water and beverages:
Ensure you’re using energy saving light bulbs wherever possible and turn off lights when the room is not in use.
Transport contributes greatly to the world’s carbon footprint so where possible walk, carpool, use public transport or bike from place to place. A good number of employers now offer the ‘cycle to work’ scheme which allows savings of up to 42% on a bike bought from participating stores if the bike is going to used primarily for commuting to and from work.
There’s really no excuse not to recycle these days as most cities offer recycling pick up or recycling drop off locations. Recycling and reusing helps conserve energy and reduce pollution caused by disposal.
The UK aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050, which means a joint effort from consumers, individuals and businesses alike. According to new statistics emission levels have been slowly decreasing since 2007, which means that whatever we’re doing could be having an effect. Any company like Eden Springs that is involved in and can influence workplaces across the country has an important part to play in affecting further change.
So the next time you reach for drink you could consider who’s supplying it, as choosing your suppliers carefully does make a difference.
Water pollution isn’t just a problem for small African villages; it can happen in our own towns and cities. It’s our responsibility to teach our children to think of the future and avoid contributing to this environmental issue.
What is real water pollution?
When you wash your car, the water and soap running off your driveway and onto the flowerbeds nearby can cause an element of pollution. We often understand how easy it is to move chemical imbalances directly into the ecosystem. What happens to that same water when it runs into the drains and down into the sewage system below?
The mixture of chemicals, waste and other particles in water is what causes pollution. Apart from humans, fish in our rivers and seas and animals on our lands also need the same water to be able to survive. When water is polluted beyond an acceptable level our environment and the water cycle are dangerously affected.
There are some natural causes which result in water pollution, like the way algae grows to an unacceptable level in lakes, which can cause the death of the fish, and can also make dogs ill when they drink. Animal waste can easily slide into a water supply and during floods and storms anything can be dragged into a water source.
Unfortunately, the majority of water pollution is caused by the human population. Fertilisers and pesticides used on farms and chemicals used in factories often find their way into local water supplies.
Thinking of the bigger picture, you will have seen oil spills on television news channels. Who didn’t see the 200 million gallons of oil spilt over the Gulf of Mexico just a few short years ago?
Air pollution can lead to water pollution
Everyone seems to say that the air is not as clean as it used to be. Part of this may be because there is air-pollution where you live. If this pollution becomes too toxic it will combine with the rain falling onto the ground and while it is easy to see the result of algae in swimming pools, it may be many years before you see the effect in lakes and in other water collection areas.
The effect on the environment when water pollution is evident can be catastrophic. On occasions, there won’t be enough oxygen in the water for fish to be able to breathe. When small fish absorb chemicals into their bodies, they are eaten by bigger fish, and these may be eaten by birds and other animals which are all passing the pollutants down the chain.
When bacteria cannot break down the sewage in water supplies, the water can remain dangerously polluted. For over 1/7 of the world’s population, clean water is something they have never seen and they have to drink polluted water regularly and live in areas where clean sanitation is not possible, which extends the pollution process.
Refraining from using weed killer and other chemicals will keep impurities away from the water systems.
Just one percent of the water on the Earth is fresh enough to be able to drink naturally, with water treatment and filtration filling the requirement gap – that’s where Eden water coolers come in. The more water that is polluted, the larger the struggle is to keep people healthy and hydrated.
Access to clean and safe drinking water is correctly seen as an important human right, and the day aims to increase awareness of the difficulties huge numbers face in accessing this vital resource. Millions of people across the globe are forced to drink dirty water daily in order to survive, causing disease, ill-health and suffering.
The day has been celebrated since 1993, following a United Nations Conference on Environment and Development recommendation the previous year. The theme for 2013’s event is the “International Year of Water Cooperation”.
You can follow World Water Day initiative on Twitter with #waterday, or see pictures and donate at waterday.org.