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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.

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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.

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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

Posted in About Eden, Charity, Community, Health, Well Being at Work on by .

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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

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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

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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.

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UK coffee week 2013 – What’s it all about?

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This year UK Coffee Week ran from the 2228 April and brought together a variety of product offerings, activities and public events (including the London Coffee Festival) – all in aid of Project Waterfall.

Project Waterfall aims to improve the lives of those living in African coffee-growing countries by giving them better access to clean water through hygiene and sanitisation. Sickness from unclean water is a constant threat for places like Tanzania, where only 54% of the population have access to a clean water source. Even then, these people sometimes have to walk up to 2 hours a day just to reach a clean source of water. So really, this week is in aid of a fantastic cause.

Coffee@Work

UK Coffee Week launched in 2011 and has grown considerably since then. In 2012 over 300 thousand people were involved from supporters and sponsors to fundraisers and organisers. The flagship initiative of the UK Coffee Week is Coffee@Work, which encourages workplaces who enjoy coffee as part of their working day to fundraise for Project Waterfall – the workplace initiative is sponsored by popular coffee brand Kenco.

In addition to the Coffee@Work initiative there are a variety of other ways to fundraise during the week; consumers are asked to make a voluntary 5p donation when they purchase coffee at participating vendors, participating coffee operators offer to match consumer donations as well as making their own corporate donations and participating venues offer spaces to hold fundraising events such as bake sales and karaoke nights.

Coffee@Work ties in nicely with Eden Springs’s WellBeing and Energy@Work initiatives, which stress the value of drinks and beverages at work for motivation, energy and health.

London’s coffee fest

UK Coffee Week happily coincides with the London Coffee Festival which takes place from the 2528 April this year. The Festival celebrates London’s thriving coffee scene and brings together coffee enthusiasts, professional baristas, independent coffee shop owners and coffee experts to share their experiences and love of coffee. There are also coffee/food matchings, a scientific coffee lab, demonstrations and live entertainment throughout the festival.

You can get the ball rolling for 2014’s UK Coffee Week by organising a Kenco coffee machine for your office and requesting a Coffee@Work sign-up pack. Don’t just let coffee be your guilty pleasure – make it count!

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Celebrating World Water Day

Posted in Charity, Community, Environment, Health on by .

World Water Day is held on 22 March every year to celebrate fresh water, reaffirm its importance, and help develop the sustainable management of water resources across the world.

As a beverage company we’re clearly heavily involved in water and hydration, and our charity efforts extend into helping provide drinking water to Tanzania through the PeopleHelpPeople – One World initiative as well as helping charity fundraisers with free water closer to home in the UK.

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

 

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Hydrating Team Macmillan at the Virgin London Marathon

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Joe McDermott, Challenge Events Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support, describes the experience of the 2012 London Marathon and support from Eden Springs water

On the morning of 22 April 2012, 850 Team Macmillan runners lined up at the start line of the London Marathon in Blackheath and Greenwich, ready to take on the challenge they have been preparing for over the last six months of their lives. Each and every one of runners in their green Macmillan vests – whether it was for a close personal reason or just that they have admired the charity’s work – will have spent just as much time fundraising as training for the run (the London Marathon is the largest annual fundraising event in the world), something that Macmillan is keen to repay when it comes around to Marathon week itself.

As well as all of the top notch training and nutritional advice given to every Macmillan runner, in the week before the event Team Macmillan staff are on hand at the London Marathon Expo to give some last minute advice and encouragement to all of the runners who drop by the Macmillan stand and put on a Pasta Party the night before so runners can stock up on those vital carbs.

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Hydration and recovery on the big day

On the big day itself, eight cheer points are set up along the route in order to give Team Macmillan runners a motivational boost along the course. Over 400 volunteers come out to the cheer points to support the team, so each cheer point is provided with banger sticks, foam hands and Macmillan t-shirts to be as visible and noisy as possible for the runners! The glug of water kindly provided by Eden Springs is also gratefully received at the cheer points as voices start to get hoarse!

Perhaps the peak of the support given to the runners on the day is at the Team Macmillan Recovery Centre. Runners can stagger here once their marathon journey is complete, to be greeted by a massive round of applause and a massage to help those tired legs recover. There are plenty of refreshments on hand too so runners can stock up on depleted energy levels. Here, too, the Eden Springs bottled water is invaluable to ensure none of the runners succumb to dehydration – especially vital on a day when it was much warmer than expected given the amounts of rain the London Marathon was sandwiched between.

All in all, the 2012 London Marathon managed to smash new records for Macmillan, with a record sized team hopefully raising a record amount of money for Macmillan Cancer Support, ensuring that people across the UK continue to receive emotional, medical, practical and financial support to people affected by cancer across the UK. With the 2013 ballot filling in less than 24 hours, 2013 promises more of the same – visit macmillan.org.uk/londonmarathon for more details.