5 Ways for your office to go plastic free!

In North America we consume a staggering 240bn bottles a year, which contributes heavily to the total 10.5m tons of plastic consumed across the country every year. And this is only going to increase in the foreseeable future as the bottled water industry continues to boom.

One of the biggest problems associated with this consumer behavior is the fact that just 1% of this plastic waste is recycled with only 75% of all plastic bottles used is being recycled. This is resulting in huge amounts of non-degradable items ending up in landfill and polluting our oceans.

In an aim to reduce this environmental concern, every July is National Plastic Free month, challenging people to attempt to refuse single-use plastic during July. Here, at Waterlogic, we’ve formulated a simple and easy way to remember to reduce the amount of plastic you use at your workplace. We call it the 5 R Method: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Raising Awareness.

Refuse

In any instances that you might not be able to recycle then refuse to purchase or consume. Simply avoid using plastic bottles, plastic bags, straws, cups and plates that cannot be reused over time. Use long-lasting, glass or paper alternatives. If your office installs a bottleless water cooler, then you can also enjoy fresh pure water in a way that is far more sustainable, without the need for any recycling.

 

 

Reduce

Unfortunately, there may always be situations where you simply cannot avoid buying plastic. In these situations try to reduce the amount that is used at home and at your business. Use glass bottles of milk for your coffee, rather than plastic. Purchase a reusable lunch bag/box to carry around your lunch rather than a plastic bag. You can even store office items in cardboard boxes, which are much more environmentally friendly. The main focus is reducing the amount of plastic being discarded.

Reuse

Reusing more durable containers to store food and beverages that you can take to work is a great way to reduce how much plastic is used. Reusable items that are nontoxic can easily replace plastics. Use things such as Tupperware (plastic or glass) containers for storing food or reusable canvas bags for shopping. You can even use reusable bottles at work to fill up at your bottleless water dispenser during your workday.

 

 

Recycle

With less than 1% of plastic being recycled across the entire Unites States, there is so much we can all do to recycle more at home and at work. One of the most effective actions you can take at your office is to implement specific and clearly labelled recycling bins. Making recycling as easy as possible can be the first step to dramatically increasing the sustainability of your workplace. This allows you to recycle paper, cardboard and printer cartridges on a daily basis rather than these items ending up in landfill or our oceans.

Raise Awareness

Taking part in the previous four R’s are a great step into turning your business office and workplace into a more green-friendly environment. However, the biggest way to completely remove plastic from yours and other workplaces is to raise awareness of the problem. Informing co-workers, family and friends how they can help and get involved by implementing the 5 R’s in their life and help in having a plastic free June.

 

Drinking more water in the workplace

We’ve all heard it before, drinking water is good for dozens reasons. Nearly every health and fitness magazine tells you that drinking gallons of water will give you more luscious hair, brighter skin, and make you more productive, successful, and a generally healthier person. Truly, all healthy roads seem to lead to drinking more water. With every gulp, water helps you control calorie consumption, keep us energized while exercising, aid in digestion, boost kidney function, and improve your skin. However, most of us are guilty of not drinking enough of the good old H2O because we are either too busy or simply don't like how it tastes. This can be a particular problem when you have deadlines to meet during the day in your place of work. If hydrating has become more of a chore rather than a healthy habit for you, here are five easy ways to stay hydrated throughout the day at work.

 

1. Add a natural fruit to make a tasty fruit infusion

If you find water bland and tasteless, jazz up your replenishing experience by infusing your water with orange slices, watermelon chunks, lemons, kiwis, or raspberries. You can even freeze the fruit and use it instead of ice cubes for cooler water. If you miss the fizz or carbonation from sodas, try a club soda or sparkling water.

2. Use a water drinking app

There are tons of apps available to help you solve your hydration woes. These apps keep track of how many glasses or ounces of water you have consumed. You can also get a tech-savvy smart water bottle that connects with your phone to log sips and reminds you how much you have left for the day. There is no better mental trigger than a loud jingle or notification alert to get you back on your hydration track.

3. Bring a durable, reusable water bottle which you can refill

Pushing yourself to hydrate more often may come down to purchasing a pretty new reusable water bottle. Just like a brand spanking new outfit or new shoes can motivate you when you start your day, a trendy water bottle can motivate you to regularly refilling throughout the day.

 

4. Eat water-rich foods like fruits and vegetables

There are many of fruits and vegetables that contain a fair amount of water. Sneak water-rich fruits and veggies like lettuce, cucumbers, strawberries, watermelon, apricots, zucchini, cherries, spinach, broccoli, and tomatoes into our diet to stay hydrated. However, even though fruits and vegetables are a great source of water, they won't give you your required daily water intake. Therefore we still recommend that you drink water throughout the day.

5. Use a bottleless water cooler

Carrying around water in a bottle every day is not only a pain but plastic bottles are also bad for the environment. If your workplace has a bottleless water cooler installed, you’ll be able to access a limitless supply of purified and chilled water each and every day. And as a bottleless system is directly fitted to your building’s water supply you’ll never have the hassle of carrying around your water all day.

By following to these five simple tips and tricks, you will learn to love the taste of water, prioritize your sips, and lead a healthier and more fulfilling life. Need a Bottleless cooler? Call us today 506-847-3202!

Bottled vs Bottleless Water Cooler – Which should you choose?

If you’ve ever worked in an office environment it’s very likely that you’ve come across and used some form of a water cooler. That lonely machine often stands in the corner and as far as I’m aware has three main purposes in life.Firstly, providing you that crisp cold cup of water to help quench the kind of thirst that you only experience when you’ve seen 50 unread messages in your email inbox. Secondly creating the universally known communal area for people to meet and debate the finer things in life such as; what they’ve been up to the past weekend, or how it’s only Monday but they already can’t wait until Friday. And finally, when a bottled cooler is concerned, helping you get that well needed 3-minute burst of exercise each day as you wrestle the old empty plastic bottle protruding from the top of the machine, and then awkwardly replacing the very full and very heavy 5-gallon bottle in its place.

You may not be aware of it but using a bottled water cooler can cause a variety of unnecessary problems that go beyond causing that aching pain in the bottom of your spine as you forget to lift with your knees. In fact, there are dozens of reasons that a more modern bottle-less water cooler is far more beneficial to your office, your health and the environment. Just take a look at the water cooler comparison graphic below to see exactly what I’m talking about:

Bottleless

  • Low quality plastic.
  • Basic rental price + extra bottle charged.
  • Exposed tap (high risk of mold & stagnant water).
  • Administrative work with bottles & storage.
  • Your supply depends on stock and delivery speed.
  • Plastic production + bottle transport and recycling.

Bottled Cooler

  • A modern & stylish designAvailable in different colours & shapes.
  • Just one monthly payment1 monthly fee including maintenance.
  • Superior filtration100% Filteration, purification and protection.
  • Pure convenienceBeing connected means nothing for you to do.
  • Limitless supplyYour supply is unlimited.
  • It's environmentally friendlyNo plastic & the machines can be recycled.

To help you understand why a bottle less water cooler really is the best water solution for your workplace let’s take a look at each of these benefits in more detail.

Modern and stylish design

You only have to look at each of the coolers next to each other to see who wins the best looking award. Waterlogic bottle less water coolers are available in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes that can actually improve the aesthetics of your office. Using a combination of soft lines, durable materials, and touch screen displays, you might actually feel bad hiding this out of the way in some random corner which was originally used for a filing cabinet.

Just one monthly payment

As simple as it gets. Servicing, maintenance and customer support are all included within one monthly payment, letting you focus on getting on with the day to day. You don’t have to worry about a basic rental price, extra bottle orders and charges or paying for any unexpected problems.

Superior Water Filtration

With a plumbed in water cooler from Star Water Solutions, you know every cup has gone through extensive filtration. You don’t need to worry about exposed taps or faucets that you often find on a bottled cooler that are prone to mold and stagnant water. At minimum Star Water Coolers include carbon filtration that removed unwanted contaminants and with our top of the range models you also get antibacterial built-in with advanced UV light filtration that helps kill 99.9999% of bacteria that may be lurking in your water. This makes sure you get a filtered fresh, healthy and great tasting glass of water, each and every time.

Convenient and Hassle Free

Many think that installing a water cooler that works directly off the building’s main water supply is a difficult and intrusive operation. This couldn’t be further from the truth. At Waterlogic our experienced engineers use a simple 3-step process that ensures the cooler will be up and running in no time with minimum disruption to your operations. Once installed you never have to worry about any admin work to do with bottle storage or bottled water racks.

Limitless Supply

We’ve all had that frustrating experience of making our way to the bottled water cooler only to find out at the last second that the bottle is empty. Of course not only is this bottle empty inevitably there are no full ones to replace it – meaning you have to go without a cool refreshing beverage until the next delivery. If you use a bottle less water cooler, then you’ll never experience this office water problem again. As Star Water coolers work directly from the mains water supply you have limitless access to cool, great tasting water whenever you need it.

Environmentally Friendly

A machine from Star Water Solutions is a far more sustainable option compared to traditional bottled water coolers, reducing your carbon footprint by 70%. Instantly you remove the need for monthly bottle deliveries from gas-guzzling vans, whilst also removing the need for non-degradable plastic bottles, which inevitably end up in a landfill. All our water dispensers can even be recycled, meaning with Waterlogic you’re truly committing to a greener water solution.

The clear choice

When you dig into the detail it seems that a bottle less water cooler really is the easy choice. Take a look at ourwaterdispenser products  to find the best water solution for your workplace.