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Raising Awareness of Clean Water: World Water Day 2016

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World Water Day 2016

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World Water Day 2016

Every March 22nd since 1993 the United Nations has celebrated World Water Day, with the sole purpose of raising awareness of the importance of this vital natural resource. The occasion is a time to bring water to the forefront of our minds and shine a light on those across the globe who need it most.

The theme of this year’s World Water Day is better water, better jobs. It’s aiming to highlight the power water has to transform people’s lives. The United Nations (UN) states that 1.5 billion people, that’s around half of the world’s workforce, work in water-related sectors. Nearly all jobs depend on water in some way though this is not often recognized. Here’s some examples:

• 40% of the global economically-active population work in crop and animal production, fisheries or hunting. Yet, only 20% are employed as waged workers, according to the World Bank.

• In terms of agriculture, which represents 70% of freshwater withdrawals worldwide, a farmer’s job is heavily dependent on water, from managing the available resource, addressing groundwater depletion, climate change and water scarcity.

• In some communities, including many in Africa, women and children have to walk for hours to collect safe water. This is a demanding job that is not recognised as such or paid. It’s important this changes to help empower and improve the lives of women.

So, whether it’s the presence of water, its quality or its quantity, it’s easy to see how it has such a significant impact on workers across the globe. It’s certainly time to shine a light on the topic this World Water Day –better water, better jobs. Show your support by visiting the website and learning more.
Water sits at the very heart of the Eden business, so this year’s theme really resonates with us. We are proud supporters of projects to provide clean water to communities in need in Africa and we’ll be telling you more about these in an upcoming blog.

Lacking Creativity – If you’re looking to improve your creative output then this list is for you. Some of these hints and tips may seem surprising, but give them a go and unleash your creative side.

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Switching the brain on

1. A tired brain is more creative.

At first glance this seems very odd but allow me to explain! Creativity springs from allowing our minds to be free to wander and explore what may seem like unrelated thoughts. In contrast when we need to solve problems or be analytical our brain needs complete focus which can only be achieved when we are wide awake and at our optimum. A tired brain finds it difficult to filter distractions but creativity benefits from distractions and random thinking.

2. Exercise for creativity.

Exercise is good for us for a myriad of reasons and a recent study shows that it is beneficial for creativity.

“Sweat is like WD-40 for your mind-it lubricates the rusty hinges of your brain and makes your thinking more fluid. Exercise allows your conscious mind to access fresh ideas that are buried in your subconscious.”

Psychology Today-Christopher Bergland-The Neuroscience of Imagination

3. Creativity flows in ambient noise.

Silence is useful for sharpening our focus but creative thinking thrives in ambient noise (think buzz of your favourite café), which promotes expansive thoughts and fresh ideas.

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

4. Creativity is not necessarily original.

Coming up with new ideas can be scary and put us under enormous pressure. Actually often generating new ideas comes from making connections between ideas that already exist.

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something.” Steve Jobs

5. Travel to promote creative thinking.

A study has shown that amongst a group of university students, those who travelled abroad rather than just staying on campus scored better on creative thinking tests. This could be explained because when we travel to different countries we experience different cultures and traditions which is bound to broaden our thinking.

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Dim Lighting

6. Dim lighting encourages a sense of freedom.

Research shows that dim lighting increases creativity. This is due to our subconscious feeling more free to explore; “…darkness elicits a feeling of being free from constraints and triggers a risky, explorative processing style.”

7. Mess can enhance creativity.

Check out this research…which proves beyond reasonable doubt that having a messy desk can lead to more creative thinking! Wonderful news for a messy person like myself but perhaps not so with your hyper organised tidy boss, still at least you can legitimately argue the case for messiness now!

Reference: We have used this article by Belle Beth Cooper  for inspiration: Creativity Methods For More Ideas –  Take a look at her full article

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8 ways to be more time efficient

Be more time efficient – Stop trying to multi-task!

In order to prove just how time efficient and competent they are many people practice the art of multi-tasking. This often leads to outcomes that are the very opposite of what they were at the time. The majority will end up being less efficient and the quality of what the person has produced suffers. The truly time efficient know that concentrated focus on one project at a time yields faster and more satisfactory work.

 

Delegate delegate delegate!

If people bite off more than they can chew, productivity and efficiency take a huge hit. The uber efficient know when to delegate and who to delegate to in order to achieve the aims of the task in hand.

 

Good communication is key.

It is important before communicating to consider what the objectives are for the interaction and also to communicate effectively so that there is no confusion about the subject. For example before you send an e-mail consider how it can be worded to convey your intentions succinctly and politely. A little thought before you pick up the phone or hit send can save hours being lost if all you’ve achieved is to cause confusion or offence.

 

Structure your time.

In order to achieve a disciplined approach to your schedule create standard routines to stick to within each day. This will help you be ready for important events and gain control over projects. The more control you have over your schedule the easier it will be to cope with the unexpected when it arises. Control your time, don’t let it control you!

 

Organise your physical space.

Ensure that your workspace is organised and that everything has its place. Organisation is key if you want to avoid situations where you lose precious minutes every day trying to hunt down essential equipment for you to complete tasks. Spending time decluttering your desk and finding everything a home will save you significant time in the future.

 

Keep a productivity diary.

Try keeping a diary for a week which logs how long it takes you to do specific activities and also note down time that for whatever reason hasn’t been productive. Then the following week try to reduce time spent on similar activities, just being aware of what can potentially hold you back or distract you can yield large efficiency gains.

 

Do engage in downtime.

It is a fallacy to sacrifice your own leisure time in order to accomplish more at work. We know now that overly tired stressed out people are not as competent or efficient as their rested relaxed counterparts. A well-rested person will perform at their peak which is a win win for everyone.

 

Plan plan and plan some more.

When given a project many people in a bid to be efficient practise the art of impatience and completely fail to plan their objectives and how to tackle the task. Super-efficient people research the project and break it down into small steps in order to achieve success . This planning may require time at the beginning of a new assignment but it will be worth it to have clear objectives and a pathway to success clearly mapped out.

10 Ways to a more environmentally responsible business

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It has never been more important or indeed urgent, especially in the wake of ongoing scientific research and the Paris Climate Summit, that every single person needs to become more environmentally aware. This doesn’t simply mean that we need to take stock of our carbon footprint and attitudes to the world around us only in relation to our personal lives. It is critical that businesses no matter how large or small also seek to do all they can to reduce their carbon footprint and do their bit for combatting climate change. Here are ten ideas to get you started.

Don’t just recycle waste paper, recycle everything you possibly can. Old electrical items, printer cartridges…………………….

 

1 – RECYCLE YOUR RUBBISH

Ensure that there is a food waste bin in the kitchen or staff room and that people are actively encouraged to recycle their rubbish, (generated by lunch for example) by providing different bins for recyclable materials that is separate to that of a general waste bin.

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2 – GO PAPERLESS

As a business go paperless. Not only is this excellent in terms of reducing waste, it also has the added bonus of banishing the cluttered untidy desk to a thing of the past. It is simple to invoice electronically now for example and to send documents by e-mail.

paperless office

 

3 – CARBON NEUTRAL

Research and then use carbon neutral companies where possible for services that as a company you have outsourced. In addition to this, research how as a business it is possible to become a carbon neutral company yourself.

 

4 – TRAVEL LESS

In the digital age of skype, facetime and the like, consider whether it is absolutely necessary to travel to attend meetings and conferences. If as a company you can lessen the amount of miles travelled for business purposes, not only will you dramatically decrease your carbon footprint, you will also save huge amounts of money in the process (petrol and expenses such as food and hotel costs). It’s a win win!

 

5 – GET SMART

However if it is necessary for your business that you or your colleagues have to travel then forget about the traditional company car and invest in the new breed of electrical vehicle, or at the very least a hybrid. After the initial investment this course of action will also yield significant financial savings.

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6 – GOVERNMENT CYCLING SCHEME

Encourage and even incentivise employees to find alternative ways to travel to work, such as cycling or using public transport. There are government schemes to facilitate this.

cycle to work

 

7 – IS YOUR OFFICE ENERGY EFFICIENT?

Spend time everyday ensuring that your office is as energy efficient as it can be. Check that the light bulbs are energy saving and that computers and all other electrical equipment is completely switched off at the end of each day or when not required. Have specific times for tea breaks so that the kettle isn’t boiled unnecessarily. Reduce frivolous usage of heating or air conditioning unless absolutely needed.

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8 – GREEN ENERGY

Consider whether it would be possible to harness alternative energies such as solar power at your place of work. Any energy generated that isn’t utilised by your business can be sold back to the National Grid.

 

9 – WORK FROM HOME

Allow employees when appropriate to work from home to reduce their carbon footprint. As well as benefiting the environment it will also be greatly appreciated by staff.

 

10 – RESPONSIBLY SOURCED TEA AND COFFEE

Only buy environmentally friendly and ethically sourced tea and coffee products. Look at http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/ for companies who source and supply these products. Rainforest Alliance approved products help alleviate poverty in the developing world, combat the decimation of forests and curb climate change through investment of people and the environment.

Running the London Marathon: Darryl’s training update

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Eden Springs’ Darryl Johnson is running the Virgin London Marathon for the Charity Children with Cancer and to highlight Eden’s free water for charity fundraisers initiative.

Running through the wall

Nobody said training for a marathon was easy – far from it. Darryl has been running hard and putting in some good miles for his training, including a particularly tough 14.5 run that took it out of him (although he doesn’t look too bad afterwards in the first picture below!).

He’s also been working on speed, taking part in timed 5k ‘Parkruns’ that are organised around the country.

If you’re pushing yourself hard for a charity cause, consider applying for a free case of bottled water from Eden to help you meet your goals! Apply for a charity water donation

after long marathon training run

parkrun 5k

Please contribute

Please find Darryl’s fundraising page at www.virginmoneygiving.com/darryljohnson

UK Coffee Week: It really does have it’s own theme song…

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UK Coffee Week runs from 7–13 April 2014 and brings together lovers of coffee in an effort to provide safe access to clean water, through Project Waterfall, for people in the countries that so often grow the coffee we consume.

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5 bean challenge – win coffee stuff!

This year Eden Springs Coffee Machines have partnered with Garraways.co.uk to offer a £50 voucher as a prize in the fantastic ‘5 bean coffee challenge’.

Complete five coffee-related achievements, ranging from downloading the delightfully-named Hot Coffee theme song to purchasing a limited-edition London coffee guide, to be in with a chance of winning, have some fun and know you’re supporting a charity project in Tanzania that could directly save lives.

Enter the 5 Bean Challenge

Hot Coffee

Yes, UK Coffee Week really does have its own theme song!

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Eden water helps out again at Carsington 7+ charity run

We were delighted to once again donate water in benefit of the RSPCA Derby Carsington 7+ charity run around Carsington Water. Taking in the spectacular views across the water, the event is organised and staffed by Derby & District RSPCA who provided much needed Eden liquid refreshment to the runners!

The event also incorporates the Stones Island Spin, and short one-mile family race.

The photos below show it was another very successful event!

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Watering the Old Town Festival in Swindon

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Eden Springs were delighted to provide water to assist the Old Town Festival in Swindon recently. A fabulous day of fun and music was had by all despite occasional efforts by the weather and we congratulate everybody for the effort made and look forward to more in 2014. If you have a charity or not-for-profit event you could benefit from a free donation of water from Eden Springs.

Photos by Josie Williams, LMPA.swindon-old-town-festival-2 swindon-old-town-festival-3 swindon-old-town-festival