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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.

According to the American Heart Association, nearly 8 out of 10 adults are trying to reduce sugar in their diets—and for good reason. Currently, Americans consume an average of 17 teaspoons of sugar per day, which is significantly higher than the recommended amount. 

One of the primary culprits? Sugary beverages like sodas, sweetened teas, coffees, and fruit juices. Though these yummy drinks may give you a temporary energy boost and satisfy a craving, their long-term health risks outweigh the short-term reward when you frequently choose them over water.

Are your beverage habits hindering your hydration goals?

 

So, what’s the problem with all of these beverages? Besides their high sugar content and lack of nutrients, they’re also highly addictive and may lead to health problems such as tooth decay, obesity, and cardiovascular disease when over-consumed. 

The other issue with sugary beverages? They simply won’t satisfy you in the long haul. For example, a 12oz can of Coca-Cola contains 39 grams of sugar—not surprising considering high fructose corn syrup is the second most abundant ingredient (right behind carbonated water). 

Sure, you can technically sip on soda and similar beverages to meet your hydration needs, but your body will just learn to crave more and more. When we consume a hefty amount of added sugar in one sitting, our body releases dopamine and serotonin: chemical messengers that make us feel good. And who doesn’t want a surge of these feel-good chemicals? This is what leads to even more sugar cravings in the future. 

Consuming high-sugar drinks also causes that familiar (and often dreaded) sugar crash thanks to the work of insulin. When we drink loads of sugary beverages such as soda or juice, our insulin quickly gets to work regulating our blood sugar. Once that insulin has finished its job though, our blood sugar drops significantly, and we’re left feeling drained and sluggish. That afternoon bottle of soda may taste great at the moment, but that feeling is very short lived. 

So, how can you break the habit and choose healthier options? Let’s first look at what happens when you cut down on the sugary drinks.

Replacing sugar-filled beverages with water has many health benefits

 

By replacing your usual glass of soda or fruit juice with water, you’ll be giving your body and mind the hydration it needs. And when you’re well hydrated, you can benefit in the following ways:

Fewer sugar cravings

If it’s 3:00 in the afternoon and you’re dying to rip into a chocolate bar, you may just be thirsty. Studies show that dehydration is a common cause of sugar cravings. By drinking plenty of water throughout the day, you can avoid those breakroom sweets altogether.

Increased mental clarity

73% of the brain is water, so it’s understandable how big an impact hydration has on the body’s most important organ. When we drink water, we’re helping increase blood flow and oxygen to the brain, which in turn, improves cognition. Staying properly hydrated will allow you to think, synthesize, and act at your highest potential.

Helps prevent kidney stones

One of the causes of kidney stones is dehydration. By drinking enough water, your kidneys have a harder time forming the crystals that make up these highly painful, inconvenient deposits. Need another reason to cut the cola? One study found that participants who drank even just one soda per day had a 23% higher chance of developing kidney stones.

Helps your digestive system

Drinking enough water throughout the day also aids significantly in digestion. Water assists in breaking down the food that you eat, which allows your body to absorb the foods’ vital nutrients.

Proper hydration starts with taking action

So, with all of this talk around the benefits of sugar-free hydration, what can you do to actually reap these rewards and lower your sugar intake? Let’s take a look at our favorite ways to stay sufficiently hydrated throughout the day:

Slowly taper off instead of quitting cold turkey

Making drastic lifestyle changes right out of the gate can be challenging to manage long term. Additionally, quitting sugar cold turkey may trigger withdrawal symptoms such as headaches and fatigue. So remember, slow and steady wins the race. 

Wean yourself off sugary beverages by decreasing your intake slowly and methodically. If you usually have 3-4 cans of pop a day, try cutting this amount in half for a week and assess how you feel. When you’re ready, you can continue decreasing your soda intake until you’ve reached a goal you’re happy with. Just make sure you’re replacing those missing fluids with water! Which leads us to our next tip…

Find a soda substitute you enjoy

Experts recommend replacing a bad habit with a healthy one to increase your chances of long-term success. Try swapping out your usual can of soda for a healthier beverage. 

If the carbonation is what leads you to a cold bottle of cola, flavored seltzer is a great way to go. Since most flavored seltzers are unsweetened, it may take some getting used to. Luckily, there are so many different brands and flavors available, you’re bound to find one you enjoy. 

Other popular soda alternatives include lemon water, unsweetened flavored iced tea, and kombucha. Spend some time experimenting with different beverages to find a suitable swap that satisfies your craving.

Make water the convenient option

A great way of kicking a bad habit is by making the healthier alternative more convenient. By keeping water nearby at all times and making soda difficult to access, you’re much more likely to choose water as your main hydration source. 

Invest in a reusable water bottle or tumbler and bring it everywhere you go. Reaching for a reusable bottle is far more convenient than stopping at a gas station (or even just opening the fridge) when you’re feeling thirsty. 

Find an accountability partner

If you’re motivated by accountability, this may be a great option for you. Inform a close friend or relative about your desire to cut back on sugary beverages. We tend to care deeply about what people think about us, especially friends and family we love. 

Looping them in on your goals can do wonders for your long-term success. Plus, there’s always a chance they’d like to join you in your challenge as well.

Hydration doesn’t have to be boring

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With a bit of patience and some experimentation, it is possible to cut sugary beverages out of your routine and start living a healthier, more hydrated lifestyle. 

And we know we’re biased, but a smart water cooler such as Bevi can help you reach those goals in a simple and sustainable way. With water that delivers a personalized beverage experience in every pour, you’ll be running to refill your bottle time and time again. Fill out our quote form today to see how Bevi can help you hit your health targets.

Happy hydrating!

With the general population caring more than ever about climate change due to rising temperatures and heavily-polluted air, many businesses are beginning to implement eco-friendly practices into their daily operations, and we predict this will continue in 2023 and beyond. 

Going green in the workplace has tremendous benefits. It can cut business costs, increase worker productivity, boost morale, and of course, help save the environment. 

Need another good reason to implement more sustainable practices? Take a look at your competition. Next Energy Technologies found that out of the 200 companies they surveyed, 33% reported losing business to their competitors because of insufficient climate practices.

Sustainability efforts can also impact your hiring practices. According to a new report from Handshake, a career resource platform, nearly two-thirds of 1,800 respondents stated that they were more likely to apply to a job that committed to sustainable practices.

So, what can you do to make your workplace more sustainable? We’ve highlighted 14 tips below: 

1. Implement a recycling and composting program (and educate employees on best practices)

With plastic production expected to triple by 2050, one of the most important ways you can help the environment today is by ensuring you recycle the right way at work. 

Place recycling bins next to your trash bins and clearly label what can and cannot be recycled. For example, most recycling services accept plastic bottles, beverage cans, and flattened cardboard. Check out this comprehensive Recycling 101 guide by WM for more details on how to properly recycle. 

Along with recycling, your workplace (and the planet) can benefit significantly from a composting program. Luckily, setting up an effective system for composting at work is a lot quicker and easier than you think. Plus, it’s a great way to get the whole office working together for the common good. 

You can read our blog post about composting at work here. 

It’s also helpful to send out a refresher email every now and then to keep employees up-to-date on best recycling and composting practices.

2. Switch to a smart water cooler for your beverage needs

Another great step towards a sustainable business? Switching from single-use bottles and cans to a Bevi machine. The bottled beverage industry is arguably the most environmentally wasteful in the world, as billions of plastic bottles are produced yearly in the U.S. alone.

Bevi is committed to designing and supporting the best possible products to replace single-use bottles and cans, with every Bevi machine saving 30,000+ bottles and cans per year. Today, Bevi smart water dispensers have saved the waste generated by over 300 million plastic bottles.

With delicious flavors made from natural extracts and no artificial ingredients, your workplace will enjoy a personalized hydration experience while keeping harmful, non-biodegradable plastics out of the oceans and landfills.

3. Buy sustainable office furniture

Just like fast fashion, fast furniture is also taking a toll as cheaper, flimsier couches, tables, and chairs end up in landfills more often than their sturdier counterparts.

If you’re considering replacing your office furniture or perhaps furnishing a new space, search through popular reselling networks like Nextdoor or Facebook Marketplace for gently used office chairs, desks, and light fixtures. If buying new is a must, check out some of our favorite sustainable brands, like The Citizenry and West Elm. 

To learn other ways you can furnish your workplace with sustainability in mind, check out this blog post

4. Buy office snacks in bulk to cut down on packaging 

Office snacks are always a hit amongst employees, but the unnecessary waste produced by plastic and cardboard packaging can quickly add up. 

Try buying your office snacks in bulk containers to cut down on unnecessary single-use packaging. Go even greener by encouraging employees to portion out their servings using reusable cups or small bowls.

5. Buy eco-friendly and responsibly-sourced coffee

Though it’s a must-have perk for many offices, not all coffee is created equal. Considering that 53% of Americans drink at least one cup of joe a day, switching to an eco-friendly, fair-trade coffee brand can have a significant environmental impact. 

If your office uses a single-serve coffee machine that takes disposable pods, shop for fully recyclable capsules from a sustainable brand like Larry’s Coffee.

6. Invest in reusable silverware and dinnerware

If your workplace enjoys the occasional catered lunch or employees bring in their own meals, it’s a great idea to invest in reusable silverware and dinnerware to prevent more plastic from entering landfills. 

In addition to the usual forks, knives, and spoons, it’s also helpful to have a set of reusable serving utensils on hand, rather than relying on the disposable utensils provided by the catering company.

7. Invest in a TerraCycle box for snack wrappers 

Even with bulk snack options in the office, sometimes it’s just more convenient to stock up on individually wrapped treats. In that case, investing in a TerraCycle Zero Waste Box™ is the way to go. All candy and snack wrappers that are collected through the Zero Waste Box solution get sorted and processed into raw materials that are used to make new products.

Although these boxes are on the pricier side, they’re an extremely worthwhile investment if your workplace goes through single-serving snacks like nobody’s business.

8. Implement a “Bring your own water bottle” policy

Considering that the average American spends $260 a year on single-use bottles, bringing your own bottle, tumbler, or coffee mug to work is one of the easiest and healthiest eco-initiatives to institute in the office. Pair this policy with a smart water cooler, and you’re well on your way to a greener workplace!

 This initiative will not only reduce the plastic waste in your office, but will also boost productivity and encourage employees to swap out sugary canned drinks for something more hydrating.

9. Install a bike rack to encourage sustainable commuting

With road vehicles accounting for roughly 74.5% of global transport emissions, encouraging more sustainable commutes should be a top priority. 

A bike rack is a relatively easy, one-time investment that can have a huge impact on how your employees commute to work. Biking is a great way to stay healthy, and your office building will play a vital role in protecting the planet at the same time. 

Want to encourage sustainable commuting even more? Take this tip one step further by offering commuting stipends for regular bike maintenance, safety equipment, and replacement

10. Donate or recycle old office electronics

Have you recently purchased new laptops, TVs, or keyboards for the office? It’s probably a good time to get rid of the old stuff to make room for the new. Most electronics are made from valuable resources and materials — such as plastic, glass, and metals — that require significant energy to process and manufacture. 

Do your part to conserve natural resources and reduce air pollution by recycling those old computer monitors sitting in your company storage unit. If your electronics are still in good condition, consider donating them to a local thrift store or charity instead. 

11. Use recycled copy paper

With more people choosing digital over physical copies, there’s a lot less paper being used in the office today. Even still, there will always be a need for physical printouts. 

Switching to recycled paper has many environmental benefits–from protecting our vulnerable forests to trimming the overall energy and water consumption used by logging machinery. Plus, nowadays recycled copy paper looks and feels identical to its non-recycled counterparts. Your employees won’t notice a difference, but the planet certain

12. Add biodegradable trash bags to the kitchen

When we think about recycling and composting, we typically think of what gets stuffed inside garbage bags, but what about the bags themselves?

Luckily, there are eco-friendly trash bags made from plant-based materials that break down much quicker than traditional bags—only a few short weeks compared to hundreds of years. Some of our favorite compostable trash bags include these bags from HoldOn and AirCover’s 8-12 gallon biodegradable trash bags.

13. Install water-saving fixtures in the kitchen and bathrooms

If it’s been a while since your office bathroom and kitchen faucets have been replaced, it may be time to invest in some high-quality, water-efficient fixtures to decrease water consumption. 

When shopping around, search for WaterSense-labeled faucets and faucet accessories. These faucets help save water by reducing the sink’s average flow rate without sacrificing performance. 

Another water-saving tip is to avoid pre-rinsing your dishes before loading them into the office dishwasher. Not only does this waste water, but it’s been proven that pre-rinsing dishes can actually prevent your dishwasher from doing its job properly.

14. Limit thermostat use whenever possible 

Instead of keeping the workplace as cold as the company fridge, try setting your air conditioning system at 72 degrees Fahrenheit. If your workplace is still comfortable at this level, try going up another degree or two. Take advantage of the outside breeze by opening up the windows if the weather allows. 

The higher your thermostat reads in the summer months, the more energy — and money — you’ll save in the long run.

Let’s all work together to make the workplace more sustainable

Sustainability is a daily practice that compounds over time, so we recommend starting slow and steady. Begin by taking a look around your workplace and finding areas where you can implement a few of the tips we’ve mentioned above. Perhaps it’s switching out those cases of water for a more eco-friendly beverage option, or it’s starting a company-wide composting initiative. 

What sustainable workplace practice are you looking to carry out first? Share your thoughts with us on our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and TikTok!

 

Picture this: you’re sitting at your desk reviewing your giant to-do list for the day. You can barely keep your eyes open and are one email away from lashing out at your co-worker for some trivial comment they made this morning. You feel that nothing you do makes a difference and you’d do anything to be literally anywhere else. Getting out of bed this morning could have counted as an Olympic sport. 

If this sounds like your day-to-day, you may be experiencing workplace burnout.

What is burnout?

 Recently identified as an occupational phenomenon by The ICD-11, burnout is best described as “a state of emotional, mental, and often physical exhaustion brought on by prolonged or repeated stress”. 

Similar to physical ailments like the common cold, burnout can present itself in a variety of ways depending on the individual. While some may face feelings of intense dread or anxiety, others may experience feelings of anger or cynicism. 

According to Mayo Clinic, some of the most common signs of burnout include:

This is by no means an exhaustive list of symptoms, so we recommend walking through this list of questions, to help you understand if burnout is something you are experiencing.

Untreated burnout can have major consequences

Studies show that untreated job burnout can be a significant predictor of a multitude of physical and psychological ailments including type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, prolonged fatigue, insomnia, and depression. 

The good news is burnout can be treated or even prevented entirely by implementing positive changes in your day-to-day life. 

So what are those changes and how can you prevent it?

1. Prioritize your physical health

With looming project deadlines, long to-do lists, and personal responsibilities outside of work, sometimes our physical health takes a back burner. But, when you put everything (and everyone!) else before yourself, you’re more prone to burning out. 

If you’re starting to feel burnout creeping up on you, do a quick self-assessment to identify areas of possible neglect. Are you getting enough sleep per night? If not, implement a calming night routine that includes a relaxing tea and some light stretching before calling lights-out. Also limit your use of electronics  before hitting the hay as it’s shown to suppress your levels of melatonin, leading to less restful sleep. 

If you work a sedentary job and struggle to fit in time for lengthy workouts, try getting up from your desk and completing some simple exercises or stretches every hour or two. Every moment spent moving your body adds up and will also help clear your mind! 

Good hydration is another essential component of our physical and mental health, and should not be ignored. Staying well-hydrated can combat fatigue, promote mental clarity, and increase your energy levels. It’s also a great reason to get up, stretch your legs, take a deep breath, and combine a few other de-stressing techniques on your way to the office water cooler.

2. Find ways to reduce exposure to common work stressors

Occasionally you may feel the urge to check our inbox over the weekend or right before dozing off to sleep, but doing so can be damaging to your health and lead to burnout even faster. 

According to research conducted by Stanford University, checking emails or messages outside of work hours can lead to something called “anticipatory stress”, a type of stress concerning fears and anxiety about the future. To avoid this unnecessary stress and prevent workplace burnout, you’ll want to keep your work and personal life separate. Silence those Slack or Microsoft Teams notifications outside of your working hours, set up automatic out-of-office emails when you take personal time, and avoid checking your work email on the weekend.

3. Make time for self-care

Though taking a short break to focus on self-care may seem counterintuitive when you have many deadlines and responsibilities, it can do wonders for your mental and physical health, thus leading to higher levels of productivity, happiness, and mental clarity. 

Start by making a list of activities that make you happy. Perhaps it’s reading a few pages of a book or going for a walk in nature. For others, it may be listening to music, making a comforting cup of tea or coffee, or calling a close friend. 

Next, take a look at your calendar to see where some of these self-care activities fit in. Ideally, these activities would be sprinkled throughout the day, but if that doesn’t work for your schedule, try to plan time either in the morning or evening to focus solely on self-care. Bonus points if you’re able to unplug from technology at the same time! 

4. Plan some time away

How to avoid burnout? Use those vacation and personal days whenever possible.

Of course there will always be deadlines and responsibilities that we can’t just walk away from, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t plan some future vacations to look forward to.

Even if your circumstances make it difficult to plan a 2 week-long vacation, a simple day trip to a nearby city or a few hours at the spa can make a world of difference. Being able to step away from work for a short amount of time can have you returning refreshed and rejuvenated. 

Not ready to jump on a plane quite yet? Research shows that just the anticipation of a future vacation can be enough to boost your happiness.

5. Learn stress-management strategies when things get tough

When put into high-pressure situations, managing the onslaught of emotions that come with it can be quite difficult. Thankfully, there are some simple stress-management strategies that can be executed on the spot to further prevent workplace burnout. 

Certain mindfulness practices like guided meditation or deep breathing do wonders for calming the mind, making it easier to make important decisions and focus on what’s most important. If movement is more your cup of tea, try going for a short walk when the going gets tough. Research shows that even a ten-minute walk can increase confidence, improve circulation, and boost your mood.

6. Communicate with your supervisor and colleagues

Unfortunately, workplace burnout presents itself differently to everyone it takes hold of. Because of this, your supervisor or close colleagues may not even notice anything different about you until it begins to impact your performance. So, if you’re feeling susceptible to burnout, it’s important to communicate your concerns with your supervisor or close colleagues. 

This could be making time with a manager to share tactical setbacks that are making your job more difficult or simply having lunch with a coworker to vent your frustrations. Either way, it always feels good to talk it out and communicate your concerns. You don’t need to fight burnout alone.

Control workplace burnout before it controls you

If you’re worried about potential burnout or are already experiencing some of its familiar signs like physical or mental exhaustion, it’s time to make some changes. 

Things like prioritizing self-care, practicing stress-management techniques, and communicating with your boss can really go a long way toward preventing or managing burnout. 

What steps do you take to prevent burnout? Share your favorite tips with us over on our Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, or TikTok!

 

 

If you think your office is on the road to sustainability, you’re probably starting to take some positive steps toward lowering your environmental impact. Even so, a recent report might have you wanting to check in with your employees about your sustainability report card from their perspective. 

In a survey of 2,000 office workers, intranet company Unily found that 83% of employees felt their employer wasn’t doing enough to tackle sustainability issues, and 65% also said they would be more likely to work for a company with a strong environmental policy. In the age of the “Great Resignation,” it’s clear that you can’t afford to fall behind competitors on the sustainability front.

If you want to get smart about sustainability in your office, one easy way forward is with a Bevi smart water cooler. Why choose Bevi? It turns a human necessity into a unique office perk that can be customized by each and every employee, save your company money, and prevent plastic bottles from ending up in the landfill. It’s even more than that, too…

Meet Bevi: The Smart Water Cooler from Bevi on Vimeo.

It’s an elevated water experience

While some snacks and break room diversions can be fun extras, a refreshing glass of water is something we can all agree on as being essential to get us through the workday. The best part is that, with Bevi, coworkers don’t have to agree on anything past that. 

With over 48,000 drink combinations to choose from with our Standup 2.0, a glass of Bevi water is customizable from the temperature to the bubbliness to the flavor and enhancements. What’s more, it’s a delightful addition to any office that will provide a natural place for coworkers to gather and get back in the habit of in-person collaboration.

It takes hydration to the next level

Speaking of flavor and enhancements, you’ll have the power to decide what’s in your glass and what’s not, with complete transparency around the nutritional value of any additions. For starters, all of our flavors and enhancements are sodium-free, gluten-free, vegan, and devoid of any artificial ingredients. They’re made from real fruit essence to create delicious combinations like Blackberry Lime, Strawberry Lemongrass, and Peach Mango.

If you need a boost, try one of our healthy enhancements, Electrolytes, Caffeine or Immunity. Staying healthy at the office is easy with a fun way to hydrate and extra health benefits in every glass.

A smart investment

In addition to investing in your employees with a healthy refreshment option, Bevi water coolers are a smart investment when it comes to the bottom line. On average, our machines are 40-60% less expensive than purchasing single use bottles and cans. 

They’re also a time saver, eliminating extra tasks for your office manager so they can increase productivity in other areas of the business. Gone are the days of lifting heavy water jugs and cases of seltzer water. Because our water dispensers are internet-enabled, we do the monitoring and restocking for you. All the necessary parts–flavors, filters, and CO2 levels–are seamlessly replaced to keep your office happily hydrated.

All that and it’s good for the environment?

Your recycling bin is about to get a whole lot lonelier. One Bevi machine can displace over 30,000 bottles and cans per year. Bevi customers have saved over 200 million bottles to date, not to mention the oil necessary to make plastic bottles or the carbon emitted once they’re filled with water and shipped all over the country. 

Want to motivate your team to up their sustainability game? You can monitor your own machine’s impact by navigating to the “Explore” tab on the touchscreen. A real-time counter shows the bottles and cans you’re saving, as well as what that translates to in terms of carbon and trees.

Ready to get smart about sustainability?

It’s clear that employees want their workplaces to take a more active role in sustainability efforts, and the Bevi Standup 2.0 water dispenser is an easy way to invest in the health of your workforce while also being mindful of the environment. 

With thousands of possible drink combinations, every employee will find their favorite flavor and keep track of their personal sustainability journey as well. A Bevi water dispenser in the office means happier employees, lower costs, and a visible commitment to sustainability. 

Ready to join over 4,000 companies using Bevi today? Get a quote for your office today.

If you’re back in the office and starting to miss your home Peloton workouts and lunchtime walks, you’re not alone!

It’s estimated that over 80% of Americans work a sedentary desk job, with many office workers spending upwards of 15 hours a day sitting down. In addition to this, people are returning to the office either in a hybrid or full-time capacity, which means even more time is spent commuting or sitting in meetings. 

Leading an active lifestyle is important for your health, but how can we ensure that we’re not spending our entire day hunched over our desks? While getting a few hours of focused work is great for productivity, sitting for too long can lead to numerous health issues including blood clots, joint pain, and high blood pressure. 

Luckily, even just a few minutes of movement every few hours can be extremely beneficial for your well-being. Not only does light exercise improve your cardiovascular health, but it can also boost your cognitive function, leading to higher productivity during the work day. 

So, what can you do during your working hours to reap these benefits? We’ve curated a list of exercises that can be completed with minimal to no equipment. 

Get your body moving and your blood pumping with these 12 desk workouts.

Arm circles

Arm circles are a simple yet effective exercise that targets your shoulder muscles. 

In a standing or seated position, extend your arms out to either side and roll them forward in a circular motion.

Try circles of different sizes after about 20 rotations.

Do the same movement in a backward motion.

Neck rotations

Also called neck swings, carefully rolling your neck can relieve the tension that builds up after a long day in front of a screen. 

Relax your muscles and lean your chin down toward your chest. 

Roll your head gently from shoulder to shoulder. 

Repeat 3-5 times.

Overhead stretch

One of the most popular upper body stretches, the overhead stretch helps maintain the range of motion in the shoulders.

From a seated or standing position, extend your arms above your head. 

Interlock your fingers and turn your palms toward the sky. 

Gently push your arms up and hold for 5-10 seconds.

Seated hip stretch

This exercise is a great way to reduce lower back and hip pain. 

From a seated position, keep your left foot on the ground, and cross your right ankle on top of your left knee. 

Keeping your back straight, gently lean forward until you feel a stretch in your hip and glute. 

For a deeper hip stretch, gently press down on your right knee. 

Hold for 10-30 seconds and then switch your legs so your left ankle is on top of your right knee.

For more low-impact movements you can do at your desk, try these 10 easy desk stretches.

Tricep dips

All you need to complete this exercise is a non-swivel chair with sturdy legs (please do not attempt this with a rolling office chair!). 

Standing with a stationary chair behind you, put your palms flat on the chair with your fingers facing away from you.

Lower your body until your arms are parallel to the ground. 

Push yourself back up to the starting position and repeat 10 times.

Calf raises

Though this movement may look too simple on the surface, don’t be fooled. Calf raises help you avoid certain injuries related to running or jogging, such as Achilles tendonitis. They also improve balance and ankle stability. 

Start by standing with feet about hip-width apart, with your toes pointed straight ahead. 

Extend your ankles and rise up on your toes. 

Lower down and repeat this movement 10-15 times.

Desk or wall push ups

This versatile full-body exercise can be completed on the edge of a desk, on the floor, or against a wall depending on your skill level. 

If using a desk, lean against it with your palms slightly wider than your shoulders. 

Lower yourself until you’re almost touching the desk and then raise back to the starting position. 

Repeat 10-12 times.

Lunges

Lunges work your core, quadriceps, and hamstrings, and can be completed with or without weights

Begin by standing with your hands on your hips. 

Step forward with your left leg and bend until your right knee almost touches the ground. 

Return to a standing position and then move forward with your right leg. 

Repeat 10-12 times with each leg.

Side lunges

Also known as a lateral lunge, side lunges work the glutes, hamstrings, and quads while improving stability. 

Begin with your feet shoulder width apart. 

Take a giant step to the right, bending the knee until it reaches a 90 degree angle. Your left leg should remain entirely straight. 

Return your body to the center and repeat with the left leg. 

Repeat 10-12 times with each leg.

Chair squats

Squats work your quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes. This is another exercise where your office chair comes in handy. 

Stand with your chair behind you, and lower yourself down as if you’re going to sit in it. 

When your backside is about to touch the chair, raise it back up to a standing position. 

Repeat 10-12 times.

Jumping jacks

This throwback from gym class is actually a great full-body exercise and will help get your blood pumping. 

Start from a standing position with your arms by your side and your feet shoulder-width apart. 

Jump up, throw your hands above your head, and land with your feet wider than they were at the start. 

Jump again and return to the position in which you started. Repeat for 30 seconds to a minute.

Imaginary jump rope

Some of the more dedicated gym goers may return to the office with workout equipment, but did you know you don’t need a jump rope to jump rope? 

Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart

Hop with both feet at once or alternate legs while making small circles with your wrists at your sides.

Need a challenge?

While health and exercise goals are unique to everyone, it can be a lot more fun and productive to team up with coworkers to hold each other accountable and spend some time together outside of normal working situations. Organize a low-stakes exercise challenge in your office to give new meaning to healthy competition.

How are you planning on staying active while at the office? We’d love to hear your ideas on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn!

The Bevi experience is all about creating a great tasting beverage that’s personalized to your preferences with just a touch of a button. That’s why we mix up great natural flavors like Peach Mango and Pomegranate Blueberry, as well as your choice of sparkling or still water. 

On top of great-tasting flavors, we also want our creations to be good for you. Water is inherently healthy, but we take the extra step of making all of our flavors from natural ingredients. They’re also vegan and free from sodium, gluten, and GMOs. 

Even with such a healthy baseline we realized that we could be doing more to boost the wellness of our customers. With the introduction of our new Standup 2.0 water dispenser, we’re pleased to offer our enhancements, like Immunity. The Immunity enhancement is packed with vitamins, minerals, and other extracts that boost your immune system and help prevent and fight colds. 

Let’s dig into what’s in it, why it’s good for you, and when to add it to your beverage.

What goes into our Immunity enhancement

Get ready to get your sick days back. Each 12 oz serving contains the following immune-boosting ingredients:

This combination of vitamins and minerals collectively work to support a strong immune system. Let’s take a closer look at the health benefits of each ingredient.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps protect our cells from harm caused by free radicals. It’s one of the best nutrients for fighting off infections because it gives our immune systems a boost when we need it most. In fact, a daily dose of 1-2 grams of Vitamin C can shorten the duration of colds.

Zinc

Zinc is key to the inflammatory response. It helps reduce the duration of and severity of colds by signaling what type of immune cells should be produced to support the healing process. A 2019 study of respiratory tract infections found that 30 mg of zinc per day can decrease hospital stays by an average of two days.

Elderberry

Elderberry refers to several different types of the Sambucus tree that grow in Europe and North America.

It’s packed with antioxidants and vitamins, making it another common supplement used to combat colds. Consumption helps reduce inflammation, stress, and even has some heart benefits.

Echinacea

Echinacea is an antiviral herb that has been used for hundreds of years by the Great Plains Indian tribes. The active parts of Echinacea are known for their antiviral, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. 

Whereas many of the previous ingredients are helpful while battling a cold, Echinacea has actually proven beneficial to preventing them. Studies show that it can reduce the chance of catching a cold by over 50 percent.

Ginger Root

Ginger has been used for thousands of years to treat colds, nausea, arthritis, migraines, and hypertension. The main antioxidant within ginger is gingerol, a powerful anti-inflammatory compound with strong immune-building properties.

Studies show that its antibacterial properties even offer benefits against some drug-resistant bacteria.

Everything else you need to know about Immunity

All of these ingredients are carefully blended together to ensure the highest consistency and quality is maintained. As with our natural flavors, all ingredients used in our Immunity enhancement come straight from their natural source with no added fillers. It’s a rare quality, but we’re committed to using only natural ingredients in order to offer the most comprehensive immune boost possible. 

We recommend choosing up to three flavors and two enhancements from our Standup 2.0 to create your favorite beverage.

If you’re an eight-glasses-per-day type of water drinker, don’t worry about overdoing it with Immunity. Your body knows to use what it needs from these vitamins and extracts and then just gets 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 water without worry.

Why immune health is especially important now

There’s never a bad day to add vitamins and minerals to your diet, but as many of us head back to the office and start interacting with more people each day, it’s especially important to be mindful of our health. In addition to eating well, exercising, and hydrating, an immune boost will go a long way toward keeping you healthy and happy.

Interested in adding Immunity to your space? Get a quote for a Bevi water dispenser here.

We often hear that we need to drink enough water each day (generally, about 15.5 cups for men and about 11.5 cups for women). And since most of us spend a good part of that day at work, we took a look at some of the benefits of drinking water on the job.

Water is good for your eyes

Whether you’re in the office, working from home, stationed at a checkout register, or down on the warehouse floor, there’s a good chance you’re spending some time in front of an electronic screen. According to some studies, that can be as much as 6.5 hours daily. And that’s not counting all the screen time we log away from work.

That’s an eyeful for your eyes. It’s a good idea to give them a break and take a walk to grab some water.

Our eyes are 98 percent water, so they’re easily affected by how much water we consume. Having an office water dispenser can help you stay properly hydrated and greatly reduce many common eye ailments, such eye strain, blurred vision, and dry eyes.

Water helps you think clearly

Our eyes take in information that our brains then interpret, analyze, and act upon. Water comes into play here as well. When we don’t take in enough water, our blood volume decreases, lowering blood pressure. If you’ve ever felt lightheaded, dizzy, or even just a bit foggy or tired later in the day, it could be due to insufficient hydration.

While a glass of water can offer some relief at the time, experts recommend regular, steady water consumption throughout the day to remain sharp and alert.

Water offsets aches, pains, and cramps

Spending too much time in a chair or too much time on your feet can both negatively affect muscles and joints, especially if we don’t drink enough water at work. Water helps muscles contract and relax. It also helps keep muscle cells hydrated. That can offset the muscle strain and cramps that often come with too much chair time or too much time on the floor at work. It’s much the same story with our joints. Water keeps them well lubricated and helps remove toxins from the body to fight joint inflammation.

Water works overtime

Continuing to drink water after we close our laptops and turn out the lights is important, too. Our bodies do most of their recovery and repair work while we sleep. Water plays a key role in replenishing our systems and helping us regain proper physiological balance, which means we wake up feeling rested and refreshed to take on another day at work.

Water helps strengthen your immune system

We mentioned earlier that water flushes out toxins in our bodies. But if we don’t consume enough water, the toxins can build up and our immune system has to work harder to manage them. Good hydration supports a strong and stable immune system that can fight off viruses and bacteria that make us sick and keep us out of work.

Raise a glass to a better day at work 

No matter what we do at our jobs, each of us would like to be as productive as possible, right? That’s one more area where water can make a significant difference. A 2013 study conducted by the University of East London showed that drinking water can result in a 14% increase in productivity. It stands to reason that something as simple and easy as making a few trips to the office water cooler or water dispenser each day could help us do more at work, stay healthier doing it, and feel better about it when we wake up the next day.

A popular way of maintaining our wellbeing  with lockdowns, shutdowns, and working from home is just getting outside. A study by Danish urban research firm, Gehl, reflects this new attraction to nature. One study respondent commented, “People seem to be using greenspace and outdoor space more than pre-outbreak — but now, even more so, it is a release, an escape, some sanity, some wellness.”

A good walk spoiled

With this growing popularity comes a lot of our trash. The litter that registers as invisible when we drive by becomes all too noticeable at the tamer pace of a leisurely walk around the block. A plastic shopping bag lodged at the base of a hedge. Old bottles, cans, and other trash along the curb.

Much of this waste finds its way to streams, rivers and other waterways, and eventually to the oceans. However, researchers in Germany found that one third of all plastic waste ends up in the ground or in freshwater. Most of this is unintentional. The Center for Outdoor Ethics found 9 out of 10 people in the outdoors are uninformed about how they may adversely affect the environment.

Growing awareness of impact on greenspaces

Good news. There are indications that more people are aware of their impact on the greenspaces, woodlands, waterways and oceans that offer us much needed solace. For example, the program Plastic Free July, has been working since 2011 to help create a world free of plastic waste. In 2020, they saw their highest level of engagement with 326 million people participating in the Plastic Free July challenge. That’s up 100 million from the year before.

How to maintain serenity and sustainable greenspace

More good news. It’s not hard to build on the success of initiatives like Plastic Free July. We can easily take care of our outdoor refuges with just a little forethought and planning.

Here are some great ideas from the National Park Foundation:

Stay hydrated but leave the plastic water bottle at home and grab a refillable one instead.

Being well-nourished is just as important, so use reusable silicone snack bags on the trail.

Bring food in reusable containers and use washable napkins and tablecloths.

Ditch the plastic and invest in reusable straws, plates, and cutlery that can be easily rinsed clean.

About 30 percent of all trash in the U.S. comes just from product packaging, so try to reduce single-use packaged food products as much as possible.

Instead of paper maps, make use of several national park map apps. No service? Many parks apps can be downloaded ahead of time and used offline.

Don’t plan on finding a trash or recycling can. Always plan ahead and decide how you’ll store any garbage until you’ve reached a proper disposal site.

Doing good feels good

Maintaining our oceans, waterways, and greenspaces spaces is not only essential for the planet’s wellbeing, it’s becoming more essential for our wellbeing. And to take care of the latter, we need to take care of the former.

Research has shown that the simple act of doing something good, such as keeping the environment clean and healthy, can actually make us feel good in the process. And isn’t that why we took that long walk outdoors in the first place?

Cultivating a consistent company culture that permeates every aspect of your business can be a challenge. It’s a delicate ecosystem—the wrong hires, norms, and even office layout can threaten to throw it off balance. We know that something as big as a new machine can feel like a risk. Will it fit in here and reinforce our vision and values? Or, will it be that weird elephant in the room that disrupts our carefully curated dynamics?

With Bevi, you don’t have to worry. We can say with confidence that Bevi can fit into just about any company’s culture, seamlessly, like it’s always belonged. But hey—don’t just take our word for it. Hear it directly from the source: our customers.

We’re thrilled to share some real-life examples from a wide mix of companies that have integrated Bevi into their offices and seen it support and strengthen their cultures.

1. The Orchard: Fitting Their “What’s Next” Identity  

First up: The Orchard.

The Orchard, a leading music distribution company, has stayed ahead of the curve in entertainment since 1997. Fittingly, their office in the heart of the East Village boasts a balance of this high-tech, forward-thinking culture with a laid-back feel. Looped into this culture is a deep appreciation for their employees, which—among other things—translates to offering fun, high-tech perks to their staff.

Enter, the challenge: The Orchard needed a water option that matched their culture—and they’d already been burned in the past by an unreliable water machine. Could Bevi fit in with this high-tech, laid-back, employee-valued vibe? 

You bet.

Mike P., their Procurement and Administrative Services Manager, introduced one stand-up machine and one countertop machine to their office, and they were an immediate hit. 

The Bevi’s touchscreen and animations fit in with The Orchard’s “what’s next” identity, while its customizable drinks blended right in with their commitment to providing awesome perks for their employees.

Plus, The Orchard saved 30,000 bottles in the first month from one machine—which we can all feel pretty good about.

2. MIT Venture Mentoring Service: Becoming a Hotspot for Students and Staff

Up next: MIT Venture Mentoring Service. 

Venture Mentoring Service at MIT supports innovation throughout the MIT community by offering entrepreneurial mentoring services. According to their Operations Manager, Haley, even though their office is small, they get a lot of traffic at unpredictable rates.

Now, the challenge: MIT VMS wanted to be able to provide filtered drinking water to everyone coming through their doors. Could Bevi meet their unpredictable demand and fit into their culture as a community resource? 

You know it! 

By connecting to a water line and filtering tap water, Bevi means that VMS is never left without purified drinking water. 

The result? Not only did their new machine reduce the headache of having to deal with an unpredictable supply and demand, it also reinforced VMS’ identity as a welcoming spot for the community: students come from the classroom next door, gym-goers climb a floor out of their way, and one MIT policeman hauls his bike up the stairs, all to fill up their bottles at VMS.

We’re picky. We work with only the best-of-the-best partners to develop our flavors. We choose our flavor partners carefully to make sure we’re 1) getting the best possible flavors, and 2) working with companies that align with our commitment to sustainability.

3. Ginkgo: Building Excitement with Everyone’s Input

Next up: Ginkgo. 

Ginkgo Bioworks, “the organism company,” designs custom products for customers in multiple markets by harnessing the power of biology.

They decided to add a Bevi to their office. In the leadup to delivery, their office manager headed to Slack and invited their team to vote on their first four flavors. 

Excitement, commence. 

Emojis flooded in as everyone chimed in with their votes—having fun with it, getting excited about the new addition to their office, and allowing everyone to have a voice in the process. 

Ginko Tweet Bevi

Kudos, Ginkgo. Building in this kind of choice and customization often translates to higher water intake, higher employee satisfaction, and improved health—and they’ve done it right at the outset. Win-win-win.

4. TheSkimm NYC: Adding Witty Fun to the Office

Now, we turn our attention to theSkimm, a membership company focused on helping female millennials “live smarter,” and their New York City office.

If you’re in need of a little lighthearted fun to liven up the office, take a page out of their Bevi playbook. 

They’ve added a fresh spin to their machine, and have found fun ways to make it their own—bringing some extra humor to the office in the process. Check it out: 

Skimm Nyc Office Bevi

A well-decorated machine and witty lyric swaps? Yes, please. 

Their office has been enjoying the machine and the sustainable, customizable drinks it brings, so they’ve made it uniquely theirs with these little “Odes to Bevi.” It’s fun, dynamic, and sure to boost the mood on even the longest days.

Already buzzing with a ton of ideas of how to incorporate Bevi into your company culture? Get your Bevi nowwe can’t wait to see how you make it your own!