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Bevi is on a mission to make the beverage industry more sustainable. That means eliminating single-use bottles and cans—from offices, residential spaces, gyms, hotels, warehouses, and various other commercial spaces—with machines that dispense still, sparkling, and flavored water on-demand. It means building these machines to last, engineering them to be efficient and easy to service for years to come. And it means building a circular supply chain for these machines, guaranteeing older, returned models of Bevi’s water dispensers can be evaluated and refurbished before finding a new home.

Why get a refurbished Bevi water dispenser?

1. Reduced Price Point

Refurbished Bevi machines come at a lower cost than our newer models, meaning you can enjoy still and sparkling water with four different flavors and enhancements—which help make hydration more fun and rewarding—at a more affordable price.

2. Consistent Quality

Each water dispenser in the refurbishment process goes through rigorous quality checks and meticulous testing to adhere to certification standards. While some units have very minor cosmetic blemishes, we see it as a sign of time well spent in the field reducing the need for single-use containers. (And they work just as well as newer, spotless models.)

3. Standard Warranty

Bevi offers its customers the same warranty provided for a brand new machine, assuring a reliable and safe experience with our refurbished water dispensers.

4. Same Fizz, Flavors, Fun

Even though they’re older models, refurbished Bevi water dispensers can still be loaded with the newest flavor and enhancement releases, always making hydration fresh and enjoyable. Our flavor lab recently released the (wildly popular) Blood Orange, and updated recipes for some of classics, including Lemon and Grapefruit—all of which can be stocked in a refurbished machine.

5. Same Reduction In Your Carbon Footprint

Choosing a refurbished Bevi water dispenser doesn’t mean your environmental impact will be any less. Each machine we produce can save 50,000+ bottles and cans per year (measured in 12-ounce servings). Moreover, the user interface on refurbished models is similar to newer models, featuring a real-time counter showing the number of single-use containers saved, along with its equivalent metric tons of CO2 reduced.

Why give water dispensers a second life?

Bevi’s founders knew from day one that they did not want to discard used machines. Adding trash to landfill was about as far from their goal as you could get. But they didn’t know how they would extend the lives of the returned machines, so they stored them—for nine years—in anticipation of one day launching a refurbishment program. 

The launch timing depended on several factors: having enough returned machines, a growing customer interest in refurbished products, and the company’s readiness to invest in refurbishment. (Sustainability needs to be financially viable, not just morally right, to work.)

During the pandemic, as businesses faced closures and remote work mandates, Bevi saw an unexpected surge in returned machines. These machines were often in excellent condition, providing an ample supply for a refurbishment program.

Simultaneously, Bevi was witnessing an increasing number of customers seeking cost-effective solutions due to post-pandemic financial considerations and the rise of mission-driven organizations interested in refurbished options.

Two years ago, with the bubbles aligning, the refurbishment program was launched. By offering customers a lower-cost alternative through remanufactured machines, Bevi not only underscores its commitment to the environment but also empowers consumers to be part of the circular economy movement.

Looking for more details or refurbished machines specs? Click here.

Ah, the Office Manager. The unsung heroes of the corporate world, Office Managers are often the backbone of thriving company cultures. From onboarding newcomers to organizing external-facing events and internal team-building activities, Office Managers are the ones who make sure everything runs smoothly.

Often the only people on staff who engage with employees at every level, in every department – from interns to upper management – Office Managers have a bird’s-eye view into how companies work. With this unique perspective comes great opportunity and great responsibility. As an Office Manager, you are not just managing spaces. You’re curating the modern work experience and helping people effectively collaborate. Office Managers have to keep the fire going by setting the right vibe and making things run smoothly. Like the Greek goddess Hestia, they keep the homefront cozy, prevent workplace conflict, and ensure the company is recruiting and retaining world-class talent.

In the post-pandemic world, enabling in-person collaboration has never been more important or more difficult. With the transition to hybrid work, the Office Manager’s role has gotten more complicated, having to encourage workplace attendance while maintaining communication flows and cultural consistency between co-workers who work remote and in-person.

Gone are the days when offices were just a place full of chairs, tables, and that one flickering fluorescent light that drove you insane. With average office attendance hovering at just over 50% of pre-COVID levels, an Office Manager must create an ambience that makes people want to brave public transportation to come in. Today the workplace has to galvanize employees and support their creativity through the nine-to-whatever grind.

There’s not a lot of guidance on how to take on the new set of responsibilities while continuing to balance the previous ones. That’s why we have compiled the Office Manager’s Survival Guide – nine tips for making workplaces enjoyable or at least bearable, courtesy of your friends at Bevi.

Understand the power of first impressions

Have an important client coming in? Wow them with your selection of niche coffees and sparkling water – offered in a glass, not paper or plastic, because you run a classy, environmentally-conscious workplace, of course.

And why not throw in a plant or two? Studies show that having indoor plants in the office can lower stress levels, promote relaxation, and even improve employees’ brain functioning and cognition through their gradual release of oxygen. We love Bloomscape’s curated collection of exotic succulents and flowers that can be delivered straight from their greenhouse right to your office’s doorstep, arriving healthy and mature, in pots made from recycled plastic. Gather around the Money Tree, which, besides the inspiring name, we appreciate for its air-purifying abilities. They also offer a line of low-maintenance plants which can handle a bit of neglect – perfect for those days when the irreplaceable, on-top-of-it Office Manager needs to call in sick.

Re-imagine spaces for brainstorming and collaboration

After the pandemic disrupted regular office life, employees around the world had a chance to reflect on how their workplace setting could better support creativity and productivity. There’s been a new opening for re-imagining common spaces – for the creative Office Manager, the post-pandemic workplace is a blank canvas.

Think about your company’s values and mission, and how they can be mirrored in your choice of decor. If your company is a creative team of entrepreneurial types seeking to disrupt an industry, the art on the wall should be energizing and inspire forward thinking. If your company is all about inspiring beauty or promoting wellness, perhaps creating a zen-like atmosphere will be best for aligning employees’ state of mind with the product or service.

Whether you need furnishings for a lounge where workers can comfortably collaborate side-by-side or a conference room that will enable hours of focused conversation, Poppin can be a great resource for inspiration. (This standing table is on our personal wish list, and we like their Goal Dry Erase board for furiously jotting down ideas).

Often neglected, workplace common spaces are essential for making sure communication flows seamlessly and creating a place where people working on different teams can share what they’re working on while hydrating and/or caffeinating – or both, simultaneously. These places can double as sites for sharing HBO recommendations.

Turn co-workers into friends

Yes – the team building event. We know, we know, everyone loves to make fun of them. But what could be better for forging bonds than taking twenty colleagues who would otherwise never spend time together and locking them in a small room that they have to figure out how to escape together? For the claustrophobic, an outdoor excursion or karaoke night can be a good Escape Room alternative. To engage remote teams, Luna Park offers a series of logic, wordplay, and trivia games, moderated by a live comedian from their production studio.

While sometimes scoffed at, giving people opportunities to make friends at the office can have huge trickle-down benefits. Team building events provide opportunities for people working on different projects to have a chance to connect and remember they’re a part of a common mission. A 2022 Gallup survey found that people with close work friendships were seven times more engaged than other employees, and were also less likely to be looking for jobs elsewhere. When people trust each other, they can work together better and challenge each other more, which can help your company innovate into the future.

Heads of departments may seek your help in organizing events for their teams, but the biggest impact can come from cross-departmental mixing. Easy options include everyone who started in a certain quarter, or even everyone whose birthday is in a certain month. A great opportunity for Office Managers to show leadership is to proactively propose a budget and plan for these events.

Figure out your time-management flow

In the bustling world of modern business, most Office Managers have more things to do than time in the day. To juggle all the tasks on your hands, a few techniques that work for our team members. For intense tasks that require prolonged concentration, try Pomodoro: 25 minutes of sustained attention, followed by a break of five minutes. Since building relationships throughout the company is an important part of an Office Manager’s success, those five minutes can be a great chance to grab a coffee or water with a colleague.

To keep the to-do list to the essential, the 2-minute Rule can help you put out fires before they happen: if
something takes less than two minutes to complete, do it immediately. When the to-do list piles up, productivity tools like Notion and Asana are great for letting you organize your big-picture goals and time-sensitive tasks, all in one place.

Time management is personal, and every Office Manager needs to get in the flow of what works best for them. But the best way to maximize efficiency is to stop an item from even entering your to-do list.

Delegate what you can

You don’t mind a little shameless self-promotion, do you? Good, because this is where we introduce ourselves.

Bevi is a revolutionary water dispenser serving sparkling water on tap with the option to add caffeine, electrolytes, vitamins, and your choice of thirteen mix-and-match flavors. Wi-fi connected and sleek, installing a Bevi in your office saves you time and significantly reduces your office’s carbon footprint, removing the clutter of plastic bottles and cans from the office. Bevi dispensers automatically keep track of inventory and have teams on the ground across the country ready to help you restock. Gone are the days of taking inventory, storing, replenishing, and recycling – we know you have enough to think about already.

A few other options if you like your caffeine hot in a mug: Cafection’s Encore Ground coffee machine offers everything from hot chocolate to gourmet barista options, and like Bevi can be touchless, so employees can order recipes from their smart phones. VendiBean’s machines, designed for high volume offices, offer vegan-friendly choices. Like the Bevi Countertop and Standup 2.0, Cafection and VendiBean’s machines utilize real-time data reporting: providers are alerted when service is needed, without you needing to break from what you’re doing.

Whether you’re looking for coffee, healthy snacks, or sparkling water, building partnerships with trustworthy, innovative vendors is a great way to outsource your office administration tasks so you can
focus on the big picture.

Create opportunities to bond about something bigger

Organizing volunteer side-events or company-wide charity drives are all ways Office Managers can reconnect daily workplace operations with the company’s larger mission, or simply with an important cause. At Bevi we’ve done beach clean-ups and neighborhood plastic pick-ups because our mission as a company is to eliminate single-use plastics, but we encourage you to explore options that align with your company’s mission and values.

A leader needs to rally the company to take time from their day jobs – since realistically their responsibilities aren’t going anywhere – and block off their calendar for volunteer activities. That leader could be you! For volunteer events to truly demonstrate a commitment to a cause, both junior and senior members of the team must participate. Office Managers are uniquely positioned to pull in team members throughout the ranks.

Encourage considerate conference room behavior

Is your office plagued by rule-breakers, blocking off the conference room for recurring meetings and not showing up for them? Does it make you frustrated to see groups of energetic people, dying to collaborate but missing out on a space for it? Try implementing some of entrepreneur Ben Horowitz’s advice and switch up your system.

Noting how placing a horse head on a bed of a Hollywood producer worked better for getting an actress a role than politely sliding a bill across the table – at least in The Godfather – Horowitz observes that shock can be a useful mechanism for producing cultural change. It’s hard to shake people out of repeat behavior.

Rather than put a gentle sign on the wall reminding people to cancel reservations they don’t need in advance, try offering an incentive system. Leaders with a star record of checking-in for their conference room sign-ups could be rewarded with a nice plant or lunch on the company. It doesn’t have to be something big – just a small sign of appreciation for how they’re contributing to the general good work atmosphere and office efficiency.

We all know life changes in a second, and some clients are unpredictable. So make your booking system flexible and easy to access. Companies like Meetio offer software solutions for streamlining meeting room management, so employees can book and cancel rooms from their smart phones and get reminders of their upcoming reservations.

You don’t need to kill a horse to change conference room culture. Just some new tools.

Give your co-workers something to get excited about

Hungry, anyone? Providing lunch for workers is a meaningful way to promote a healthy work culture, boost productivity, and increase employee retention. EzCater’s Food for Work study found that free or subsidized lunches were the most-appreciated work perk, beating wellness benefits and flexible work arrangements. Having food on site significantly increased employees’ office attendance. We’re not surprised – we love food, too.

EzCater offers corporate catering solutions where companies can easily track expenses and set limits on price-per-head and delivery fees. Employees get to choose from a rotating selection of local caterers, allowing for a variety of cuisine.

If free lunch isn’t realistic for your company’s budget, you can still take steps to encourage employees to break bread, or clink forks, by organizing occasional group take-out orders from local restaurants. The health-conscious Office Manager might consider setting up a Sweetgreen Outpost, so customizable, healthy lunches are sent in batch orders to your company’s designated pickup location, at a reliable time co-workers can count on.

Seek feedback and act on it

Last but not least, always seek feedback. Whether it’s about the new seating arrangement or the latest addition to the pantry, it’s essential to know what employees think. Regular feedback sessions can offer valuable insights and help you make informed decisions, as you help lead your company through its next chapter. We’ve found that brief surveys via Google Forms, Survey Monkey, or more specialized
tools like CultureAmp are very effective to collect feedback after team-building events, volunteer events, or even about the day-to-day workplace. They also convey to the team that you’re serious about continuously improving the employee experience.

For more office tips and tricks, like 10 Ways to Cut Costs Around Your Office, check out our other blog posts!

 

On July 4, most people look forward to backyard fun: barbecues, fireworks, and family time. Climate scientists, on the other hand, keep an eye on the temperature. And the Bevi team tracks water usage.

It turns out, you can learn a lot by taking a look at how much water people are drinking at their offices, gyms, apartments, hotels, and other locations with a water dispenser. This year saw both record-setting heat and a spike in water consumption.

World Has Its Hottest Day

We’re in the midst of a global heatwave. July 4 this year was the world’s hottest day, with the average worldwide temperature reaching 62.9°F, breaking the record of 62.6°F set just a day earlier. The previous highest global temperature was in mid-August 2016.

Temps during Independence week were probably the warmest in “at least 100,000 years,” Jennifer Francis, a senior scientist at Woodwell Climate Research Center, told CNN, calling the records “a huge thing.”

The record was set as heat waves crossed the country from Boston to the West Coast. In late July, more than 175 million people were under excessive heat warnings as the heat index in many places rose above 100°F.

Water Cooler Use Spikes

Americans are wisely following the recommendations of experts, who advise drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated and replace fluids lost during exposure to high temperatures.

This trend was confirmed by dispense data from our water coolers across the country. Here at Bevi, we track real-time data from our smart water coolers, including how much water was dispensed from each of our machines nationwide.

Excluding the week of July 4th—when most people were firing up the grill and avoiding water cooler talk at the office—Bevi water usage was up dramatically in July as Americans struggled through the heatwave.

In that timeframe:

Here’s how it broke down:

2x More Water Drinkers Add Enhancements to Replenish Electrolytes

Not only were people drinking more water during the heatwave, but more were choosing to add Electrolytes, one of the enhancements available in Bevi machines, to stay hydrated.

Bevi tracks the addition of enhancements to dispensed water, including Vitamin Boost, Caffeine, and Electrolytes. Our data shows that the use of Electrolytes increased 2x in the last two weeks of July vs. the average total dispenses for the month of June.

Electrolytes include sodium, potassium, calcium, bicarbonate, magnesium, chloride, and phosphate. When dissolved in water, electrolytes help regulate nerve and muscle function, balance blood acidity and pressure, help rebuild damaged tissues—and hydrate the body.

When we sweat, we lose not only water but also electrolytes, which can lead to dehydration and an imbalance of important minerals in the body. Replenishing those lost electrolytes during or after any kind of exertion or exercise (especially during a heatwave) can help maintain proper fluid balance and support overall hydration.

Hopefully a reprieve from the blistering heat is in the forecast—but in the meantime, Bevi is here to help keep you cool. Here’s to staying healthy, happy, and hydrated this summer!

Learn More: Get more information about hydration with enhancements.

The Bevi team is thrilled to announce the launch of two new enhancement offerings: Vitamin Boost and Electrolytes!

These enhancements can be added to any glass of still or sparkling Bevi water, and mixed with any of our 13 flavors. Plus, they are sugar-free, calorie-free, and made with high quality ingredients. Oh, and did we mention they are kosher-certified, vegan, and gluten free? 

Let’s take a deeper dive into what goes into each of these new enhancements, as well as how they compare to similar beverages found in the market.

Refuel with Electrolytes

Packed with essential vitamins and minerals for healthy hydration, our Electrolytes enhancement is the easiest way to refuel your mind and body—whether you’re hitting the gym or grinding all day at the office! 

What’s included in our Electrolytes enhancement?

Essential Minerals

Sodium chloride (80mg)

Our Electrolyte enhancement contains 80mg of sodium chloride, an essential mineral substance that helps maintain fluid balance and supports nerve and muscle function. Sodium chloride plays an important role in hydration and is frequently used in healthcare to prevent patients from becoming dehydrated.

3% Recommended Daily Value 

Monopotassium phosphate (22.5mg)

Monopotassium phosphate, also known as MKP, is soluble salt commonly used as a food additive. It contains both potassium and phosphate, two minerals that are essential for the proper functioning of the body’s cells, tissues, and organs. 

<2% Recommended Daily Value

Blend of B-Vitamins: Niacin (16mg), B5 (5mg), B6 (1.7mg) 

Niacin, B5, and B6 are three essential B vitamins that provide a host of benefits to the body, especially when used in conjunction with the electrolytes found in our enhancement. 

Niacin can help reduce fatigue and support energy metabolism, making it an excellent addition to any active lifestyle.

Vitamin B5, also known as pantothenic acid, is an essential nutrient that plays a crucial role in the body’s energy metabolism. 

Vitamin B6 is another essential B vitamin that is critical for maintaining good health. It is involved in over 100 different enzymatic reactions in the body, including protein metabolism, the formation of red blood cells, and the synthesis of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine.

100% Recommended Daily Value

Health benefits 

Adding Electrolytes to your still or sparkling water is a great way to boost hydration, whether you’re an athlete working up a sweat, grinding away at the office, or working long hours on the warehouse floor.

Even if you’re not an athlete, maintaining your electrolyte balance is essential to your overall health. When we sweat, we lose not only water but also electrolytes, which can lead to dehydration and an imbalance of important minerals in the body. Replacing those lost electrolytes through food or drinks can help to maintain proper fluid balance and support overall hydration.

This is why we carefully selected a formula that can help you refuel throughout the day, so feel free to fill that water bottle as much as you’d like! 

How Electrolytes compares to other beverages on the market 

When you choose to fill up your water bottle with Electrolytes from the Bevi machine, you’re choosing an option that is sugar-free and calorie-free–qualities not typically found in sports drinks.

Our Electrolytes enhancement also features a blend of B-vitamins to help you maintain good health and reduce fatigue. Try it out with one of our delicious flavors like Peach Mango or Key Lime, or simply add it to plain sparkling or still water. Whatever floats your Bevi boat!

Support your immune system with Vitamin Boost 

Our Vitamin Boost enhancement is packed with essential nutrients your immune system requires to operate at peak performance! Best of all, it provides year-round multivitamin support that your body will greatly benefit from. 

What’s included in our Vitamin Boost enhancement?

Vitamin C (90mg) 

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that plays a crucial role in supporting the immune system. It also assists in collagen synthesis, which is important for healthy skin and hair, and helps the body absorb iron.

100% Recommended Daily Value

B-Vitamin Blend: B6 (0.8mg), B12 (2.4mcg), B5 (5mg)

Bevi’s Vitamin Boost enhancement also contains a healthy blend of B-vitamins, including Vitamin B6, B12, and B5:

Vitamin B5, also known as pantothenic acid, is an essential nutrient that plays a crucial role in the body’s energy metabolism. 

Just like our Electrolytes enhancement, Vitamin Boost also contains Vitamin B6, which plays a vital role in multiple body processes. 

Vitamin B12 is involved in the synthesis of DNA and RNA, and is important for brain function and mood regulation. It also supports immune function and helps to protect against cardiovascular disease.

100% Recommended Daily Value

Zinc (3mg) 

Zinc is an essential mineral that is involved in many bodily processes, including immune function, wound healing, and DNA synthesis. It also plays a role in maintaining healthy vision and skin, as well as in the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. 

Broadly speaking, Zinc is a critical nutrient for maintaining good health and supporting many vital bodily functions.

30% Recommended Daily Value

Health benefits 

At Bevi, we design our enhancements with all-day hydration in mind, including Vitamin Boost. Every vitamin included in this blend works together to support your immune system year round (not only for cold and flu season!). 

If you’re an eight-glasses-per-day type of water drinker, you also don’t have to worry about overdoing it with our Vitamin Boost enhancement. Your body knows to use what it needs from these vitamins and will simply get rid of any extra.

Even so, the quantities selected for this blend were chosen with all-day consumption in mind, so you can add it to any glass of Bevi water without worry! 

How Vitamin Boost compares to other beverages on the market

Our Vitamin Boost enhancement is chock-full of many of the same vitamins and minerals typically found in immune-boosting supplements and beverages, and, unlike alternatives, there’s no need to fiddle around with packets of sugary powder or tablets to get a hydrating boost of vitamins. 

Plus, you’ll be helping the environment by eliminating plastic bottles and other packaging waste. A win-win proposition if you ask us! 

Best of all, Vitamin Boost can be added to your favorite Bevi flavor combination. Perhaps plain H2O is more of your style? That’s okay, too, as our Vitamin Boost formula is free from any added colors or flavors. Our enhancements are easy to add to any beverage with just the tap of a touchscreen.

Your water deserves an upgrade

Made from the highest-quality ingredients, our enhancements are sure to elevate your hydration while supporting your body and mind. 

If you’d like to learn more about our enhancement offerings, check out https://bevi.co/enhancements

Let us know when you give Vitamin Boost and Electrolytes a try by giving us a shout on Instagram or Twitter! @getbevi 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

We’re drinking so.much.water.

In 2022, the average American consumed 46.5 gallons of bottled water, compared to 36 gallons of soda. This is the most ever, surpassing carbonated soft drinks for the seventh year in a row. 

But it comes at a major cost—most water is consumed from single-use plastic bottles. The production and disposal of these containers has a big impact on greenhouse gas emissions, the leading cause of climate change.

Millions of plastic containers are thrown away every day all over the world. But there are steps you can take to drink—and live—more sustainably. First, here are three main ways single-use water bottles contribute to climate change.

How Single-Use Water Bottles Contribute to Climate Change

Extraction of Fossil Fuels

Single-use water bottles are made from plastic, which is a petroleum product. The extraction and processing of petroleum releases greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere, which contribute to climate change.

Production of Plastic

The production of plastic also releases greenhouse gasses into the air. In fact, it’s responsible for about 4% of global gas emissions. The water bottling process releases 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year.

Disposal of Plastic

As you’ve noticed, single-use water bottles are often not recycled. Every year, 38 billion disposable containers (86%) end up in landfills in the US, according to the Container Recycling Institute.

When plastic breaks down in landfills, it releases methane, a greenhouse gas that is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

How to Reduce the Environmental Impact of Water Bottles

Ditching the single-use plastic habit is easier said than done—it’s a behavior that permeates our lives, whether we’re at the grocery store, attending a baseball game, or stepping up to the refreshment line at the movie theater.

But there are a number of things that we can do to reduce the environmental impact of single-use water bottles, including:

Drink from a Reusable Container

This might be the simplest and most impactful change you can make. A reusable container can help you reduce your reliance on single-use bottles. There are so many different options available—find your favorite by shape, size, color, lid, or budget.

Drink Tap Water

Tap water is often a safe and reliable source of drinking water. If you live in an area with high-quality tap water, then this is a great option.

Drink Water from a Dispenser

When you’re in the office, at the gym, or on the road, filling your reusable thermos or jug from a water dispenser is a great way to get flavored, filtered, still, or sparkling water.

Recycle Plastic Water Bottles

If you do use a single-use container, make sure to recycle it. Every time you recycle, you help lessen the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills.

By making small changes in our everyday lives, we can help to reduce the environmental impact of single-use water bottles and make a difference in the fight against climate change.

But Are All Water Bottles Equally Bad?

 

Short answer: yes. Google any popular water brand and you’ll usually find a page devoted to its sustainability policy. But what does that really mean for us and the planet? 

If you check out the sustainability statements of bottled water companies such as Pure Life, Poland Springs, Dasani, or Aquafina, you’ll see they share some things in common. These brands—and about a dozen others—are owned by BlueTriton, an American beverage company that was formerly a subsidiary of Nestlé. 

BlueTriton describes itself as “a guardian of its resources and a provider of fresh water.” It is “committed to minimizing the environmental impact of our operations” while “making strides on our journey to use more recycled plastic” and “exploring new materials for alternative packaging solutions.”

According to BlueTriton, these include:

But the fact remains that even with these steps to minimize their carbon footprints, these companies crank out plastic water bottles—billions of them every year—many of which end up in landfills. That’s about as far as you can get from a sustainable business.

Who is the World’s Worst Contributor to Plastic Pollution?

But we don’t just drink water from single-use bottles. We drink a loooot of other beverages.

In fact, The Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo and Nestlé are ranked as the world’s top plastic polluters according to Break Free From Plastic, whose latest global Brand Audit report serves as notice to companies fueling the climate crisis.

Coca-Cola has been the world’s top plastic polluter by a significant lead every year since the global brand audits began in 2018. PepsiCo has come in as the #2 top polluter

every year except 2019 when it was #3. 

With over 500 brands, Coca-Cola is the largest drinks producer in the world. It generates 3,224,000 metric tons of plastic each year and sells more than 100 billion plastic bottles every year—200,000 per minute on average.

But worst of all, most of this is thrown into the trash. Only 12% of plastic bottles in the US are recycled. This means that the vast majority of Coca-Cola’s bottles end up in landfills or incinerators.

Here’s how companies such as Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé contribute to plastic pollution every day:

Using single-use plastic packaging.

These companies are the world’s largest producers of bottled water, snacks, and other beverages. These products are often packaged in single-use plastic containers.

Not using recycled plastic.

When these giant companies do use plastic, they often use virgin plastic, which is made from petroleum. This contributes to the extraction of fossil fuels, which is a major contributor to climate change.

Not recycling their plastic waste.

Although these corporations do recycle some of the plastic waste created in the production process, it’s estimated that only a small percentage of this waste is actually recycled. This means that most of it ends up in landfills or incinerators.

Coca-Cola said that it intends to sell at least 25% of its brands in refillable and returnable glass or plastic bottles by 2030. But it has a history of breaking promises and still has a long way to go to address the problem. Meanwhile, Coca-Cola remains one of the world’s biggest plastic polluters.

Now that you know the extent of the issue, let’s take a look at some of the solutions, starting with the term “sustainability”.

What’s a Simple Definition of Sustainability?

You’ve heard “reduce, reuse, recycle,” but what the heck is sustainability, really?

One of the best definitions of sustainability comes from something known as “The Brundtland Report” published by the United Nations in 1987.

>> Sustainability is “development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs”.

Pretty great, right? Think long term. Don’t short change the future.

We also love this one from the Environmental Protection Agency because it expands its perspective beyond human needs to include all of the natural world:

>> Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends on our natural environment. To pursue sustainability is to create and maintain the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony to support present and future generations.

Yes! Humans and nature need to live in harmony.

And this one from UCLA sums it all up well:

>> Sustainability is the balance between the environment, equity, and economy.

Bottom line: Sustainability means it’s important to use our resources wisely and protect them for the long-term good of the environment and all living things.

What about Water Dispensers? Are They Better for the Environment?

Heck yeah they are. Bottled water companies, office water bubblers, and point-of-use (or “bottleless”) water dispensers have three very different approaches to sustainability.

Bottled water brands (as we just described) are the worst offenders. Some claim to limit their environmental impact throughout their production process, from water sourcing to packaging, but they are in the business of producing and selling single-use plastic.

Traditional office water bubblers are slightly better. Instead of a single serving of water, they let people refill a cup, mug, or thermos from a large, central container. It does reduce the number of individual water bottles, but it’s basically just a bigger plastic jug and it has to be delivered, usually by a big, gas-guzzling truck.

Bottleless water dispensers, on the other hand, focus on reducing the environmental impact of single-use plastic bottles by dispensing water locally. These point-of-use machines connect directly to the local water line so there’s no water delivery needed. They filter, purify, and (in some cases) flavor what comes out of the tap for the cleanest water with the smallest environmental impact.

While bottled water companies, office bubblers, and water dispensers have sustainability efforts in place, bottleless machines have a much greater potential to reduce the environmental impact of single-use plastic bottles.

If you are looking for a sustainable way to drink water at your work, gym, apartment, or hotel, a local water dispenser is a great option.

Here is a comparison of the sustainability efforts of bottled water companies and water dispensers:

 Bottled Water CompaniesBottleless Water Dispensers
Water SourcingBottled water companies often try to source their water from sustainable sources, but are doing a less-than-ideal job. For example, Pure Life is working to source its water from springs that are protected by national parks. (Is that what we want?)Bottleless water dispensers provide high-quality local tap water that is filtered and purified.
PackagingBottled water companies use mostly virgin plastic and some recycled materials in their bottles. They try to lower the impact by reducing bottle weight. For example, Aquafina has reduced the weight of its bottles by 30%.Bottleless dispensers eliminate the use of single-use plastic bottles. This can save a significant amount of plastic waste, as an office with 50 employees can use up to 7,000 plastic bottles per year.
Bottling OperationsBottled water companies actually use water to bottle water (!) but are trying to reduce their water use in their bottling operations. For example, Dasani has reduced its water use by 20%.By definition, bottleless dispensers don’t bottle water at all. They dispense local water at the source, saving water and energy used in bottling operations.
DistributionSome bottled water companies are working to reduce their carbon emissions from distribution. For example, Poland Spring is using more fuel-efficient trucks to deliver its water.Bottleless dispensers use less energy because they dispense local water. There’s no need for refrigeration or water delivery and they don’t require fuel to transport the water.

 

Besides Water Bottles, How Can We Reduce Other Plastic Pollution?

Plastic pollution is a major environmental problem, and there are many things that we can do to reduce it. Here are some of the most important steps that we can take:

Reduce our use of single-use plastics.

Single-use plastics are those that are used once and then discarded. They include items such as plastic bags, straws, and water containers. We can reduce our use of single-use plastics by bringing our own reusable bags when we go shopping, using metal straws, and drinking tap water instead of bottled water.

Recycle plastic waste.

When we recycle plastic, it is converted into new products, which helps to reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in the environment. We can recycle plastic by sorting our waste and placing plastic items in the recycling bin.

Support businesses that are committed to reducing plastic pollution.

There are many businesses taking steps to reduce their use of plastic. We can support them by shopping there and letting them know we appreciate their efforts.

Shop Without Plastic and Blueland offer sustainable alternatives to disposable products. Brands such as Patagonia, Allbirds, and Seventh Generation are well-known for their environmentally friendly practices.

Get involved in advocacy efforts.

There are many organizations that are working to reduce plastic pollution. We can get involved in these efforts by volunteering our time, donating money, or signing petitions.

For example, you can get action alerts from Food and Water Watch, Open Space Institute, and Oceana, just three of many organizations dedicated to saving the planet.

Avoid buying products that are packaged in plastic.

If you do buy products that are packaged in plastic, choose products that are made from recycled plastic.

Educate yourself about plastic pollution.

The more you know about the problem, the more likely you are to take steps to reduce it. Learn more at sites such as Break Free From Plastic, Water.org, Clean Water Action, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS). This blog post is a good start!

Talk to your friends and family about plastic pollution.

The more people who are aware of the problem, the more likely we are to find solutions.

There’s no time to waste. By following these tips, we can help to reduce plastic pollution, protect the environment, and create a more sustainable future for all.

Learn how you can help unbottle the future at Bevi.co.

As we enter the second quarter of 2023, the business world is eagerly anticipating the return of corporate travel. With more people getting vaccinated and the global economy starting to bounce back from the pandemic, there’s no doubt that business travel is on the upswing. 

However, it’s important to note that the way people travel for business has changed significantly over the past few years. While the traditional business trip is making a triumphant return through in-person conferences and meetings, conference goers are not the only ones utilizing hotels to get their work done. Plus, many Americans are putting more emphasis on a healthy lifestyle following the COVID-19 outbreak, according to Pew Research Center. 

As a result, the hospitality industry needs to be mindful of these changes in order to attract more corporate travelers to their hotels.

In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at three ways business travel has evolved since the pandemic and what that means for the hospitality industry moving forward.

Conferences and other business events are slowly returning

With strict travel restrictions, stay at home orders, and health concerns during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s no surprise that the events industry suffered tremendously. While virtual events served as a serviceable alternative during the pandemic, there is simply no substitute for the in-person connections and experiences that can be gained from attending a live event. 

Fortunately, Knowland, a data and hospitality technology company, is optimistic the event industry will be back to 100 percent by the end of 2023. 

As the event industry continues its recovery, Knowland’s optimism is great news for hotels that have been struggling to bounce back after the pandemic. The return of conferences, trade shows, and other business events is a key factor in the recovery of the hospitality industry, and the fact that Knowland is predicting a full return to pre-pandemic levels is certainly cause for celebration.

but….

Corporate travelers are still prioritizing health and safety

Between meetings, conferences, and networking events, business travelers are always on the go. But one thing that’s not on their itinerary? Getting sick. So it’s no surprise that travelers are still prioritizing health and safety when it comes to their accommodations.

According to a survey conducted by Pew Research Center, 26% of respondents said keeping healthy became more important to them during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

From hand sanitizer stations to contactless check-in and touchless hydration stations, there are a variety of measures that you can take to show your guests that their health is your top priority. 

But, are conference and trade show attendees the only ones working from hotels?

Remote employees are making the most of their flexible working situations

With more and more companies embracing flexible work arrangements, many employees are now able to work from almost anywhere that has an internet connection. This has not only changed the way people work, but also the way they travel for business.

Hotels should prioritize offering guests amenities and services that cater to both business and leisure travelers, as some remote workers are making the most of their working situations by extending their business trips into vacations. 

When catering to these business travelers, hotels should consider amenities that remote workers would expect in an office environment, such as free coffee, healthy beverages like water or seltzer, and great wifi. 

From high-speed internet to fitness facilities to co-working spaces, there are many ways that hotels can appeal to the growing number of remote workers who are eager to travel and explore new destinations while staying connected to their work.

Are you ready to make corporate travel more attractive to potential business guests?

Download our guide today: “Is the Business Trip Back? What water coolers can tell us about post-COVID work travel and how the hospitality industry can adapt to these trends.” 

Click here to download now.

This Earth Day, we want to shine a spotlight on our Bevi community, whose dedication to our mission to ‘unbottle the future’ has made a lasting impact. Together, we’ve managed to save a whopping 350 million 12 oz. plastic bottles (and counting) from hitting the landfills. 

Need a visual to really get the gist? If you stacked all 350 million bottles that have been saved from the landfill end-to-end, it would be nearly as long as 16 cross country trips from Boston to San Francisco! 

But, what does this really mean in the grand scheme of things? It’s not just about choosing Bevi for your hydration needs. We’re  working to completely disrupt the bottled water industry: from the plastic used to make each bottle to the amount of crude oil needed to develop that plastic in the first place. 

Curious to understand why choosing a Bevi machine over plastic bottles makes such a big difference?

The lifecycle of a plastic water bottle, and how Bevi is disrupting the supply chain

The creation of plastic bottles is a resource-intensive process. Let’s take a deeper look at what resources are used to create a single plastic bottle, and how that relates back to Bevi’s mission.

It all begins with raw material extraction

Plastic bottles are typically created from polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a type of plastic derived from petroleum and natural gas. Extracting these fossil fuels from the Earth takes large amounts of drilling and mining, which can result in habitat destruction, water pollution, and the release of greenhouse gasses. 

Did you know it takes 4 oz of this crude oil to create just one plastic water bottle? That means, since Bevi’s establishment, our machines have helped to prevent the extraction of 1.4 trillion ounces of oil from the Earth.

Sneaky and harmful transportation costs

 

The transportation of plastic water bottles comes with a hefty environmental price tag. Once the bottles are manufactured, they must be transported to bottling plants where they are filled with water, often sourced from faraway locations. 

This process requires substantial amounts of energy and generates considerable carbon emissions due to the fuel consumed by the trucks, ships, and planes responsible for moving these products around the planet. 

Additionally, the long distances traveled by these vehicles contribute to air pollution, traffic congestion, and greenhouse gas emissions, all of which negatively affect the environment and contribute to climate change.

Yet with every pour from a Bevi dispenser, we’re slowly but surely changing behaviors and reducing demand for plastic. 350 million glasses of Bevi water equals  21.7 billion grams of CO2 that have been saved from the atmosphere thanks to our dedicated customers and end users.

Off to the landfill they go

 

When a plastic water bottle is casually tossed away, it embarks on a long, often destructive journey with significant environmental consequences.

If not properly recycled, the bottle can end up in a landfill, where it may take centuries to break down, leaching toxic substances into the ground and water sources.

Even worse, countless plastic bottles are improperly disposed of, ending up in our rivers, lakes, and oceans. In these environments, they degrade into microplastics, which are then consumed by marine life, threatening their health and well-being. This not only threatens the health and well-being of marine animals, but also has implications for the entire food chain, including those who enjoy eating seafood.

The ingestion of these microplastics can have a cumulative effect over time, with potential long-term health consequences that are not yet fully understood. It’s alarming to consider that these tiny particles can now be found throughout the food chain and in our own bodies.

Want to learn more about microplastics? Check out our blog post on the topic here.

So remember, when you choose Bevi over bottles, you’re helping to keep all of the world’s living creatures healthy (and healthily hydrated).

Ready to join us in our mission to save the planet?

Let’s continue to celebrate and promote eco-conscious decisions, as every ounce of plastic saved truly makes a world of difference for our planet and future generations.

If you’re inspired by the idea of creating a greener and more sustainable planet, consider getting a Bevi machine for your office or commercial space. Together, we can create a brighter, cleaner, and healthier future for our Earth—one delicious sip at a time.

Happy Earth Day!

Did you know your smart water cooler can do much more than dispense still or sparkling water? 

Thanks to the thousands of internet-enabled Bevi machines installed across North America, we’re able to provide some compelling insights into popular flavor combinations, return-to-office habits, and even regional dispense trends. Here’s what we’ve discovered as we close in on the first quarter of 2023:

Peach Mango is winning the 2023 flavor wars with 13% of total flavor dispenses

In past years, Lemon has claimed the number one spot for most popular Bevi flavor, and for good reason. Water with lemon has been a beverage staple for decades. A quick Google search for lemon water yields millions of results ranging from wellness websites touting its health benefits to videos of influencers integrating this two-ingredient beverage into their daily routines. 

So, how did Peach Mango steal first place? It’s hard to tell, as both of these popular flavors are currently neck-in-neck for the top spot. One thing is for certain though, people seem to love the two all-star fruits that make up this cherished Bevi flavor. The combination of mellow peach with tropical mango is everything you need to dream of a beach getaway without leaving your office. 

Will Peach Mango keep the number one spot for the rest of 2023? Or will another flavor rise through the ranks? Only time (and our dispense data) will tell. 

In our 2023 Predictions blog post, we emphasized future workplace trends, including which days hybrid employees are heading to the office. Based on our recent dispense data, we can confirm that many businesses and employees consider Tuesday a favorite in-office day, with 24% of total Bevi dispenses occurring on this particular weekday.

So why are Tuesdays popular in-office days for hybrid employees? 

For starters, not many people choose to come to the office on Mondays or Fridays. According to Kastle Systems, a company that provides building security services, only 30% of employees enter their company’s office on Mondays. LAZ parking has experienced similar numbers, with parking demand being much lower on Mondays and Fridays. 

Additionally, some individuals consider this a culture shift. If more employees decide to come into the office on Tuesdays, more will follow as it leads to more in-person collaboration between coworkers, the ability to complete more synchronous tasks, and a greater sense of community amongst teams. 

Since our rollout of flavor and enhancement mixing in September 2022, we’ve been awfully curious about flavor combination trends. When we analyzed our dispense data, one trend did stick out: 

When present within a Standup 2.0 machine, our Immunity enhancement appears in 11 out of our 12 most popular flavor combinations. 

So, why is that the case? 

To begin with, our Immunity enhancement is clear and flavorless, so it’s easy to add it to any beverage without compromising the taste of our flavors. Plus, with the majority of North America still in the midst of cold and flu season, it’s not surprising that more Bevi users are reaching for a quick vitamin and mineral boost with their glass of water. 

Still deciding if Immunity is a good addition to your Bevi machine? Check out this blog post where we talk more in-depth about the immune-boosting ingredients that make up this popular Bevi offering. 

The Southeast region of the United States can’t get enough of Bevi

With 14% of total dispenses as of March 2nd, 2023, the Southeast region of the United States has been hydrating with Bevi the most this year, with the Mid-Atlantic region right on its heels. 

But has the Southeast always been the hot hydration spot it currently is? Not quite. 

Turns out that pre-pandemic, the Southeast was actually the region that accounted for the fewest number of dispenses. Yet every year since 2019, dispenses there have steadily risen, now to the point that it’s beating out perennial winners in the Northeast and Great Lakes. Now the question is: can it keep the top spot? And if so, will we see a corresponding spike in this region’s return to the office? Stay tuned.

As we look towards the warm spring weather and the return-to-office dynamic continues to evolve, we’ll be eagerly analyzing our dispense data in hopes of spotting other trends. 

Are there other insights you’d like us to cover in the future? Please share your thoughts with us over on our LinkedIn!

*Bevi dispense data as of 3/2/2023

The beginning of a new year is a time for celebration, reminiscing, and of course—a time for setting positive intentions as we gear up for another 365 days on our miraculous (but fragile) planet Earth. 

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to become more eco-friendly and make greener choices, let’s look at a few small changes you can make that will add up to a larger ecological impact over the course of 2023.

Without further ado, here is how to be more eco friendly

1. Buy a reusable water bottle

 

Switching out cases of water for a reusable bottle is a great first step towards reducing your plastic footprint in 2023.

It’s estimated that on average, Americans spend $260 a year on single-use water bottles to fulfill their hydration needs. By switching to a reusable water bottle, you’ll not only save money in the long run, but you’ll also be eliminating single-use plastics from entering the landfill. 

When shopping for a reusable water bottle, you have quite a few options to choose from. If drinking more water is a goal for you in 2023, search for a bottle that you know you’ll reach for, such as the Hydro Flask 32-Ounce Wide Mouth Bottle that features a flexible straw lid for easy sipping. For a budget-friendly option, we also love Ello’s Cooper Stainless Steel Water Bottle.

2. Encourage your place of work to buy a bottleless water dispenser

 

If you work somewhere that frequently stocks the fridge with cases of Poland Springs and LaCroix seltzer, consider reaching out to your office manager about switching to a smart water cooler like Bevi

In addition to reducing your carbon footprint and saving around 30,000 plastic bottles a year with a Bevi machine, your workplace can save on beverage costs, too. On average a glass of water from the Bevi machine costs less than half of what you’d pay for bottled water. Plus, Bevi offers a variety of delicious flavors made from all-natural ingredients, such as Peach Mango, Strawberry Lemongrass, and Coconut. You can even add enhancements to your beverage like Immunity and Caffeine! 

With over 48,000 possible drink combinations, you and your coworkers will enjoy a personalized hydration experience while keeping harmful, non-biodegradable plastics out of the oceans.

3. Use your own travel cup at your local coffee shop

 

How to be more eco-friendly this year? Ditch the disposable cups and straws.

Though many coffee shops paused their reusable cup programs during the COVID-19 pandemic, some of them are now making a full comeback. This is great news considering the United States alone uses 130 billion disposable cups a year, including coffee cups. In addition to being made from materials that harm our planet, these cups also take a lot of energy to manufacture, leading to more harmful emissions in the air. 

Many large coffee chains such as Starbucks and Peet’s Coffee offer $0.10 discounts to those who bring in their own clean, reusable cups. It may not seem like much, but if you enjoy stopping for a coffee a few times a week, these costs do add up. Plus you’ll be helping out the planet one cup of coffee or tea at a time. 

It’s worth noting that not every coffee shop allows customers to bring in their own reusable cups, so we recommend reaching out to your favorite store first to confirm! 

4. Bring reusable bags to the grocery store

 

There’s a good reason why many communities are implementing plastic bag bans. Not only do plastic bags spoil the landscape and harm our marine life with their non-biodegradable properties, but they’re also flimsy and can’t hold as many groceries compared to reusable alternatives. 

When researching reusable bags, consider your own shopping needs. If you tend to buy a lot of groceries each week, go with a bag that offers plenty of space and can hold all your heavy ingredients without worry, such as CleverMade’s Collapsible LUXE Tote. If you own a sewing machine and want to get crafty, you can make your own bags in fun fabrics and colors!

5. Ditch the straws (or invest in reusable ones)

 

Next time you’re out for drinks or grabbing an iced coffee at your local coffee shop, ask the bartender or the barista to skip the straw. If you rely on straws because of a disability, you can buy a reusable straw made out of stainless steel, bamboo, or glass to bring with you on-the-go. Look for straws that are collapsible and come with a carrying case for extra convenience!

6. Switch to shampoo and conditioner bars

 

Not-so-fun-fact: plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles can take up to 450 years to decompose once they hit the landfill. We may love the convenience of picking up a bottle of shampoo from the grocery store shelves, but these containers are damaging to our planet. 

By switching to shampoo and conditioner bars, you could assist in keeping 15 bottles out of landfills per year. Plus, many shampoo bars on the market are paraben-free, cruelty-free, and gentle for all hair types. 

If you’re looking to make the switch but unsure where to begin, take a look through The Earthling Co’s line of shampoo and conditioner bars to find what works best for you!

7. Experiment with different modes of transportation to get around town

 

With carbon levels at their highest in human history, it’s all hands on deck to cut our greenhouse gas emissions. One way you can do this in 2023 is by choosing more sustainable modes of transportation. 

The concept of sustainable transportation looks a bit different for everyone, especially considering varying commuting types and living environments. For example, if you live in a large city with multiple transportation options, consider a bike-rental program in the warmer months while taking the subway or bus in the winter.

If you have a long commute to your place of work and your town doesn’t have much public transit, try carpooling with a coworker to reduce the number of cars on the road.

8. Cut down on online shopping to decrease packaging waste

 

While online shopping is super convenient, the amount of packaging waste produced each year is staggering. One report alleges that in 2021, Amazon generated over 300 million kilograms of plastic packaging. If all of this waste were laid out, it would circle the Earth more than 800 times. Yikes. 

So, what can you do to help? Spend more time in physical stores and less time adding things to your virtual shopping cart. In addition to cutting down on unnecessary bubble wrap and air-pillows, you’ll also find more enjoyment from browsing the aisles and window shopping with friends and family. 

Of course, there may be times when online shopping is the easier option, especially if you’re in a time crunch or don’t have the ability to travel to your favorite retailers. In this case, save your cardboard boxes and bubble wrap for future use. They may come in handy if you have to ship fragile items or are planning a big move.

9. Use natural light as much as possible

 

Let’s face it–nobody enjoys ripping into the envelope that holds their electric bills each month. In the age of convenience and smart technology, we tend to use up a lot of power to complete our day-to-day tasks. 

One way to combat a high electricity bill and be more environmentally conscious is to use natural light whenever possible. Open up your blinds and pull back your curtains on sunny days to avoid using artificial light. If the weather is nice and you want to save even more money (and energy!), open your windows to cool down your home instead of reaching for the fan or air conditioner. 

10. Shop at bulk-food stores

 

Research shows that 14 million tons of plastic packaging for food products end up in our oceans each year. This includes the packaging we typically see on grocery store shelves such as corrugated boxes holding our favorite cereal and pasta, plastic jars filled with nuts and legumes, and bags of coffee beans. 

Whenever possible, try buying these items in bulk or at a package-free store where you can bring your own reusable containers. Plus, you’re less likely to overspend or waste products if you only purchase the quantities you need.

11. Buy second-hand clothes

 

When we think of “going green” we typically think of cutting down on single-use plastic and reducing our carbon emissions. But what about the fashion industry? It turns out that nearly 10% of microplastics dispersed into our oceans each year come from textiles. On top of that, it’s estimated that the average American consumer disposes of 81.5 pounds of clothing each year. 

So, what can you do to fight the fast-fashion industry? Shop second-hand whenever you are in the market for a new article of clothing. Not only will this extend the product’s life-cycle, but you’ll also be slowing down the rate of excessive consumption—meaning much less waste in the landfill. 

12. Purchase eco-friendly cleaning supplies

 

Engaging in a productive cleaning session over the weekend can leave you and your home feeling great, but it can also create a lot of waste. Between paper towels, plastic bottles, and chemicals that need to be handled carefully, it’s not always an environmentally-friendly endeavor. 

It doesn’t have to be that way, though. There are now alternatives for most of the classic cleaning supplies you keep under the kitchen sink. Check out EcoWatch’s friendliest cleaning supplies of 2022, where they offer suggestions for multi-purpose cleaners, glass cleaners, dish soaps, and even reusable “paper” towels. 

Ready to go green this year?

Every decision made with sustainability in mind really adds up to protecting our future, and we’ll be right there with you next year doing our best to care for each other and the environment. 

Have any sustainable resolutions of your own to add to the list? We’d love to hear from you on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn!

Since the start of the pandemic, the traditional workplace has been turned upside down many times over. The Great Resignation, endless Zoom meetings, a looming recession, and massive layoffs. What will happen next?

We gathered outside research and pulled dispense data from thousands of Bevi machines currently installed in offices and commercial spaces throughout North America to understand one question: What does the future of work look like? 

Turns out water coolers can tell you more than the latest office gossip. Here are the three biggest trends we see continuing as we enter 2023:

Prediction 1: Hybrid and flexible work are here to stay

The days of expecting employees to come into the office Monday through Friday appear to be firmly in the past. Instead of forcing employees back to the office full-time, businesses will continue to embrace hybrid models, looking for incentives to make the office more enjoyable when employees are there.

According to a McKinsey study, 52% of workers prefer a more flexible working model post-pandemic. Simply put, most employees are not interested in coming into the office five days a week anymore—and their Bevi machine usage patterns confirm it!

When you take a close look at machine dispense trends, it’s clear that people are working from home much more in general, with usage in residential apartment buildings reaching 121% of 2019 levels in September of 2022. Meanwhile, in-office usage has struggled to return to its pre-pandemic heights across a number of industries.

That said, while more time is being spent working from home, a consistent hybrid schedule is emerging, as Tuesdays-Thursdays are the most popular days to be in the office, with Finance and CPG leading the way on a trend that was already taking shape prior to the pandemic.

As we look ahead to 2023, it’s clear that businesses will continue to embrace a hybrid model that combines flexibility with facetime. Hybrid models and flexible work arrangements will remain to keep employee satisfaction high. When Bevi moved to a hybrid work model, Bevi’s CEO and Co-Founder, Sean Grundy, shared his thoughts on hybrid work.

“It’s important to get people back together at least two days a week, first and foremost, because I think friendship at work is important. When you actually genuinely care about the people you work with, I think you’re more motivated to do your job, and you go out of your way to help other people, especially people in other departments. Plus, work gets a lot easier, and it gets more fun. So I think it’s important to foster an environment where that friendship can happen.” 

Even so, the onus will be on companies to create incentives to get employees excited about coming back into the office and fostering an environment they want to be in. This leads us to our next prediction…

Prediction 2: Employee happiness will be more important than ever

Why are employees not interested in coming back five days a week and instead spending that extra commute time doing the things they love? Because it makes them happy. And why would we want to go back to our old ways if it’s not bringing us joy?

In 2023, there will be an emphasis on workplace happiness, as many workers continue to prioritize their well-being more than they did pre-pandemic. Offering employee perks that support this mentality will become a vital component of attracting and retaining top talent.

A McKinsey study shows that 47% of employees are eager to see their organizations put a greater emphasis on well-being post-pandemic. Additionally, Glassdoor and Indeed’s Hiring and Workplace Trends report surveyed thousands of workers to understand what the work trends for 2023 look like. What they found is really telling: 

“Nearly half of workers surveyed said that their expectation around happiness at work has increased in the last year, and 86% of those surveyed say that how they feel at work impacts how they feel at home. What’s more, Glassdoor and Indeed estimate that 90% of people believe that how we feel at work matters, but only 49% of people report their company is measuring happiness and well-being.”

In the coming year, companies must consider offering perks to prioritize employee happiness  if they want to remain competitive. Some examples include gym memberships, tuition reimbursement, healthy catered snacks, meals, and beverage options, on-site massages, therapy sessions, nap pods, and more.  

Understanding, measuring, and taking action to maintain employee well-being and happiness will be crucial for attracting and retaining talent in the future. 

And speaking of attracting talent in the future, our next prediction is closely related to this as well…

Prediction 3: Sustainable business practices are imperative

In 2023, businesses will experience greater demand for proof of sustainable practices from current and prospective employees, as well as stakeholders, partners, and customers. According to a new report from Handshake, a career resource platform, almost two-thirds of 1,800 respondents stated that they were more likely to apply to a job that committed to sustainable practices.

Additionally, according to GreenBiz’s Business Guide to Carbon Accounting released earlier this year, “Organizations that proactively prioritize sustainable solutions not only cultivate positive stakeholder sentiment in the short term, but set themselves up for long-term success by minimizing risk, capturing new opportunities, and gaining competitive advantage.”

As consumers and corporations grow increasingly environmentally conscious, they can make small changes like reducing their consumption of single-use packaging, implementing recycling and composting programs, or instituting “bring-your-own-bottle” policies.  

Another one of those steps is switching from single-use bottled and canned water to a Bevi machine. The bottled beverage industry is arguably the most environmentally wasteful industry in the world as billions of plastic bottles get produced every year in the U.S. alone. Bevi’s mission is to change the beverage supply chain from the inside out, offering a more environmentally friendly method for providing high-quality beverages. 

Since its founding in 2013, Bevi machines have displaced the waste of over 300 million plastic bottles and cans, and each machine saves an average of 30,000 bottles per year. By providing quality, flavored water in the spaces people frequent most often, Bevi machines significantly reduce the amount of single-use bottles and cans used across offices and commercial spaces—a mission that will only grow in importance in 2023 and beyond.

Only time will tell 

Hybrid and flexible work, employee happiness, and sustainable business practices are three important trends that will guide the future of work in 2023. While we wish we had a magic eight ball, only time will tell what the next year truly holds. What predictions and trends do you foresee for the future of work both next year and beyond? Share your thoughts with us on our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn!