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Four creative ways to recycle plastic water bottles

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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!

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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!

Going green: five things you can do today

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Going Green: Five Things You Can Do Today

Going Green: Five Things You Can Do Today

As a Carbon Neutral and low-carbon company we’re committed to recycling and being as ‘green’ as possible. It’s easier than ever to live a green lifestyle, but what can you do, beyond turning off lights and recycling, to show you’re serious about protecting the environment?

1. Greener spending

You can choose where to spend your money so why not spend it with companies who have made a commitment to greener business? Check out companies’ eco-credentials, looking for sustainability, carbon neutrality, recycling and a public commitment to protecting the environment. Buying from a green company will help them with their environmental aims and you will feel better about doing your bit. (Need we mention that Eden Springs is the greenest water cooler rental company around?)

2. Green your media

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As part of going greener, you can decide to change the way you consume media. Read papers online instead of buying physical copies. Companies like Eden Springs also allow you to manage your business and invoices online so you don’t need to leave a paper trail behind you.

When it comes to music and films, there are options there too. You can use a streaming service to catch up on films and internet radio for music. And you can even support artists and filmmakers who make the environment a priority.

3. Dress in green (not really!)

What about taking a greener approach to your closet? Just like we reuse water cooler bottles again and again (up to 50 times) for different customers, there’s no reason why many people can’t get use out of the same clothes. In the UK the charity shop is a national institution and some of them are a cut above your average thrift store. These are great places to find a unique and stylish wardrobe at a fraction of the price of something new – and with vintage clothing on its way back you will be in the height of fashion too.

4. Get environmental near you

You can take practical ‘green’ steps in your own town or city. Instead of tut-tutting when you see litter on the ground, walk around with a couple of plastic bags and pick it up. Start a regular clean-up group in your area – it’s a great way to make it more beautiful for everyone and to meet some neighbours too.

5. Travel green

Finally, consider how your travel habits effect the planet. Our office water delivery routes are painstakingly planned using clever technology to be as fuel and energy efficient as possible, and the same mindset can be applied to everyday travel. Perhaps take public transport, cycle or walk to work, and consider whether you really need to jump in the car for that journey down the road.

Water’s all around us

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Map of the world's oceans by Saperaud

Map of the world's oceans by SaperaudIf you know what’s good for you, you’re drinking lots of water every day. But when you’re enjoying Eden water from a water cooler in London, the UK or Scotland, how much do you think about this element that makes up so much of our planet? Here are some interesting and fun facts about the world’s oceans:

How deep?

When Tina Turner sang River Deep, Mountain High perhaps that phrase should have been ‘Ocean Deep’ because the deepest part of the ocean is far, far deeper than the deepest river. In case you’re interested, the deepest river is the Zaire (or Congo) River at around 750 feet. That pales in comparison to the depth of the deepest part of the ocean. The lowest point on earth is in the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean and it comes in at 35,979 feet deep. Just to give you an idea how deep that is, compare it with the height of Mount Everest which is a paltry 29,002 feet high.

The deep blue sea – not!

If you’re wondering what it’s like at the bottom of the ocean forget all the footage you have seen of Jacques Cousteau’s exploration of the blue waters. Light can’t get any further than 330 feet under the surface of the water. That means that the deepest part of the ocean is pitch black – spooky! And did you know that although humans live on land there are more creatures on earth living in the water? That’s because aquatic life represents up to 80% of all life on Earth. Many of these life forms have still not been classified. Some estimates suggest that there may be as many as 50 million marine species that are still to be correctly identified or discovered.

Underwater exploration

Maybe it’s the depths, maybe it’s the darkness, but we still don’t know a lot about what lies under the sea. We actually know more about the surface of planets in space than we know about the ocean floor. The amount of ocean explored so far comes to less than 5% of the total. And what we do know about may blow all our ideas about geography and geology out of the water, if you’ll forgive the phrase.

For example, the ocean is home to a mountain range which covers 23% of the Earth’s surface and has some peaks that are higher than those in the Alps. This is called the Mid-Oceanic Ridge and it was only explored in 1973. The ocean also features volcanoes, hot springs and other geographical features that we are accustomed to seeing on land.

Eden water in your water coolers is sourced from underground aquifers across the UK, supplying beverages to offices across the country:

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Eden Springs wins Best Environmental Practice prize in Aqua Awards

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Eden Springs has won first prize in the coveted Aqua Awards 2011 for Best Environmental Practice, continuing work to become CarbonNeutral® by certifying an additional four international operations and further displaying our dedication as the industry leader in bottled water sustainability.

Speaking after the award was given at a Watercoolers Europe convention in Ukraine, CEO of Eden Springs Group Raanan Zilberman said

We are proud to receive this award. Our goal is to share the steps we take to improve our environmental impact and also show how low our carbon footprint actually is compared to other everyday food and beverage products.

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Carbon neutral coolers across Europe

As a leading brand of drinking solutions in the office, our commitment  to providing a convenient and environmentally-friendly source of hydration has now resulted in our operations in Denmark and Finland becoming 100% carbon neutral, with Norway and Netherlands to follow in early 2012.

They join the UK, France, Switzerland and Sweden in being certified CarbonNeutral®, where we were the first company to offer carbon neutral certified water coolers.

Ongoing commitment

Our ongoing commitment to achieving CarbonNeutral® includes life cycle assessments to measure carbon footprint, route planning systems for all vehicles, water coolers with low consumption and longer life span for bottles, renewable energy technology, and reduction of paper use.

Find out more about our carbon neutral water coolers.

 

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image courtesy of watercoolerseurope.eu

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

Eden Springs water coolers go Carbon Neutral®

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First certified CO2 neutral company in the water cooler industry

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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:

  • energy-starAll 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.

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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.”

Water news: Could UK water metering get smarter?

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Smart Water Meter from Germany

Smart Water Meter from GermanyAt Eden Springs we take our environmental responsibilities very seriously. That’s one reason why we like to keep track of developments in water usage and conservation.

In the US, research company Pike Research has published some interesting findings on trends in water usage and smart water meters. There are plenty of places in the world that already face water shortages, but it seems the US could be on that list as soon as 2013, with 36 of the 50 states expected to find water scarce by that time.

The research points out that ‘water utilities around the world are hard pressed to deliver water efficiently”, with leaks, theft and poor measurement responsible for the startling fact that large amounts of water never reach the customers. This figure is about 20% in developed countries, rising to as much as 50% in developing ones.

One of the answers to the problem is smart water meters which offer real time monitoring of water consumption for home users and early leak detection for utility companies. After all, if you can see that you are pouring water and money down the drain, it’s a good incentive to stop immediately. The US isn’t the only place planning on trying this technology. UK and European water companies have already started using smarter meters, so it’s likely that one day, the meters on trial in the US could find their way here, too.

In the meantime, you can keep track of your daily water consumption in a much easier way, by using one of our bottled water coolers to see exactly how much water you use.

Water news – October 2010

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Here at Eden Springs we always like to keep track of the latest news about water, and there are some interesting items this month.

Water innovation winners

Late last month the International Water Association announced the winners of its Project Innovation Awards (PIA) programme.  The programme underpins the IWA’s goal of connecting water professionals around the world to  “lead the development of effective and sustainable approaches to water management”.

Projects submitted for the awards are judged based on the following criteria: originality and innovative application of technology; future value to engineering profession; social, economic and sustainable design considerations; complexity of the situation addressed; and degree of meeting client’s needs and expectations. Among the 17 projects recognized was a UK project by AGBAR for Ice Pigging Technology to Clean Potable Water Mains. The full list is available here. Congratulations to the winners and honour award nominees.

Dealing with drought

Still on the subject of innovation, the Cities as Water Supply Catchments research programme at Monash University in Australia is looking for innovative ways to deal with drought, population growth and climate change which can affect our water supply. The programme includes integrated projects on “engineering, stream ecology, water chemistry, climate science, social science, economics and urban design”, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Sparkling water

On a lighter note, Parisians no longer have to get their sparkling water from bottles. Instead, they can get it free from a public drinking fountain which puts the bubbles in and chills the water before pumping it out to consumers. And for those who like their water still, nearby taps deliver chilled and regular water.  Ooh la la!

It’s a marathon…

And closer to home, check out this video about Mark Cooper’s 50 marathon in 56 days fundraising adventure. We were proud to to sponsor Mark through our Charity Water programme. Here’s the video:Mark Cooper – 50 Marathons.

Three Easy Ways To Save Water

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Fixing dripping taps could save gallons of water.

Fixing dripping taps could save gallons of water.Despite the seemingly non-stop rainfall in the winter months, it’s always the same when summer rolls around. Somewhere in the UK, there’s a hosepipe ban. The truth is, we all need to do more to conserve water, not just in summer. Here are a few tips to get you started:

1. Fix those leaks

According to Planet Green, a dripping tap can send 20 gallons of water down the drain every day, and a leaky loo can use 90,000 gallons of water in a month. Stop that water from dripping away by changing washers on sink taps and shower heads and checking them regularly for leaks. Prevention is the best approach, in this case.

2. Make some improvements

Lots of new homes are built with water conservation in mind, but if yours isn’t one of them, then consider replacing your existing showerhead with the low-flow variety and installing a dual-flush toilet. Check out the efficiency ratings of your dishwasher and washing machine, looking not just at electricity but at water use. Making the right choice when buying a new appliance can save litres of water over its lifetime.

3. Avoid the drain

While you may not wish to drink used shower water, your plants won’t be as squeamish. Collect the run-off water in empty containers and use this to water your plants.  You can do the same with excess water from virtually any washing process (a few soapsuds won’t do your garden any harm). Any water your pets haven’t drunk can also be used for this purpose.

These three tips will help you make a good start on conserving water. Have you got any tips of your own to add?

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.