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Toxins from Plastic Drinking Water Bottles

From the previous blog, you would have read that we have recently conducted a laboratory test for one of our new clients. We found a 5-gallon water dispenser that had been employed for years in the office was harboring a bacteria count that was off the charts.  This did not come as a surprise to us but has ignited us even further to help educate companies and the public to be well informed of their consumption habits and to provide all the resources, so they can make the move away from all plastic containing products. 
In line with the above theme is the controversial topic of the toxins that leach out in to the drinking water as a result of being packaged in plastic materials. In order to articulate the above, we need to understand that toxins are defined as unnecessary or harmful compounds to the human body. Obviously not all toxins are created equal, so some have a more harmful effect than others. 
As humans, we come into contact with toxins all day and some of the toxins that have…

Bacteria contamination in 5-gallon dispensers

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To start with, this is in no way condemning the use of 5-gallon water dispensers.  We know that some offices are unable to install a Point-of-use water dispenser.  Whilst we would love every office in Dubai to have a plastic free water solution, we know it is simply not possible due to the lack of water connections in some office blocks.

For those of you who have never heard of us before, we help organisations implement plastic free drinking water solutions into their offices.  We install a little dispenser that connects and filters the main supply water, thus doing away with all plastic bottles.  After EVERY install, we have an independent laboratory come and take a water sample and we receive a complete biological and chemical composition certificate for that sample.  

We recently installed machines at a new clients office, as we do most weeks.  During the initial meetings it was agreed that to help the employees embrace the change from plastic bottled water to plastic free and to hel…

Secondary Microplastics

After taking a look at Primary Microplasticsa few weeks ago and learning about the devastating impact plastic pellets have on our planet, this week we're talking about the other kind of Microplastics: Secondary.

Secondary Microplastics can be defined as pieces of plastic (again, under 5mm in size) that started out as larger pieces but have somehow found their way into the ocean (and to landfills), to be eroded down over time (a really long time).  Some experts consider synthetic clothing materials such as fleece as Secondary Microplastics too, which can find their way into the oceans through grey water by washing clothing.

This is what we as a company are fighting against.  Single-use plastic bottles take a long time to degrade.  The plastic bottles people drink from today will still be around in 2419 and probably even longer.  Over time, a culmination of biological, physical and chemphotodegradation including photodegradation caused by sunlight exposure, breaks down the plastic unt…

Desalination in Dubai

Desalination in Dubai
In order to educate corporates on their drinking water, we have to take a step back and understand the background behind drinking water in Dubai. As people living in Dubai, we are inhabiting an area of the world that experiences a desert climate, roughly half of the year on average. That climate is characterised with high temperatures, thus making natural water a scarce resource. This is especially true to accommodate a growing population, year on year. This means that food and water are the simple requirements necessitated for life to remain and the supply has to increase two fold with population growth. 
The facts stand, that if you want any mineral water, you have to look to regions of the world that have this resource readily available and who are bottling the water for redistribution around the world. The closest mineral waters to Dubai are in Turkey, but are imported in to the region in Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles which we are trying to educate …

Primary Microplastics

The term 'Microplastics' became quite mainstream in 2018, with the help of such documentaries like David Attenborough's 'Blue Planet II' and the BBC's 'Drowning in plastic'.  It is a term given to tiny fragments of plastic and is a word that everyone should know about.

Microplastics are dangerous.  They are dangerous for the natural world and therefore they are dangerous for humankind too.  The problem of Microplastics is HUGE.  Way bigger than this post could ever possibly describe it to be.  Out of the two types of microplastics (Primary and secondary microplastics), the one that we will concentrate on today are the ones that already exist as microplastics, namely Primary (secondary microplastics start out as larger pieces of plastic and are then broken down into smaller fragments until they become small enough to be classified as Microplastics (geek-out: less than 5mm in length)).

Primary microplastics are already small enough to be dangerous when they…

Are you Sitting too Long?

We are always looking at various ways that we can help our clients become better. Not only in business but in their personal lives too. At the end of the day, if your workforce is not healthy, then you are a chain as strong as its weakest link. There has to be equilibrium between deep moments of work as well as relaxation. One core idea that we bring to discussions with potential clients is that of encouraging employees within the office to move more as there has been definitive research which states that health erodes when we adopt a sedentary lifestyle.
One such proponent is Joan Vernikos who was the former Director of NASA’s Life Sciences Division and who also wrote a book titled, “Sitting Kills, Moving Heals”. Basically, she was responsible for understanding how to optimise the health and well-being of astronauts. In this book, Joan walks us through how our sedentary lifestyles are surprisingly similar to the gravity-free lifestyles of astronauts in space. Just as an astronaut’s he…

2019 Goals

Happy New Year!

2019 will be very different for Sprudel. In our almost 5 years of existence we have tried (and failed) in different ways to engage new potential clients. We look back to the start of 2014 with a smile as we remember going into office blocks around town, pressing the highest floor of the elevator, and working our way down, floor-by-floor until we reached the bottom. We did this for quite some time and believe us, fire exit stairwells in summer is not fun!

After the 'foot soldiering' came back with mixed results we decided to go in a different direction..and so we tried our telephone skills out by calling around. It was certainly more comfortable than running down stairs of a 40+ floor office building but it simply didn't work for us...to get past the person on the other end of the phone was almost impossible and the people who needed to be in front of us seem to work 24 hours a day and a 2 minute phone call from some random company is not something most people…