What Biodegradable Really Means & How to Reduce Office Waste

When talking about the environment, you hear the word biodegradable tossed around quite a bit. Even though it has something to do with the environment, what does that really mean?

Biodegradable means that the product or material will break down quickly, leaving nothing behind that’s harmful. There are certain items that will break down, such as food that has not been treated with chemicals, and something most people use every day: paper. Other biodegradable items include wood, cotton, human and animal waste, and vegetable-oil based soaps. Many companies are using biodegradable packaging for products, which helps decrease environmental impact, reduce waste, and increase sustainability in an office environment. For the most part, society relies on non-biodegradable products that get piled onto a garbage dump.

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Does your organization use biodegradable products? There is a growing trend of offices that use biodegradable products in their break rooms to lessen their carbon impact on the environment and reduce waste. This is a socially responsible move that will increase sustainability in an office environment. Partnering with an organization that can provide the best products to handle this task is key.

With their CX3 brewer, the BostonbeaN Coffee Company can offer fresh-roasted, biodegradable pods that brew beverages in under 1 minute, with no break in between brewing cycles. These pods include: light roasts, medium roasts, dark roasts, flavored selections, decaffeinated selections and a tea selection. They also offer a selection of biodegradable breakroom products including napkins, paper towels, and hot and cold cups. Being able to make a positive contribution to society, and help employees become environmentally conscious makes a difference.

The Fresh Cup is BostonbeaN’s specially made coffee brewer, which offers one-touch brew activation, requires no break between brewing cycles, offers hot water dispensing, and quietly brews and ejects biodegradable coffee and tea pods. Equipped with an internal bin that holds up to 50 used pods, you can’t go wrong.

For more information on making the switch to biodegradable breakroom products, contact the team at BostonbeaN today!

Make Your Employees Happy with the Perfect Break Room

Many people spend more hours a day at their place of employment than in their own homes; so it makes sense for employers to provide a place for its workers to chill, engage with one another, and refresh with an enjoyable beverage and snack. The perfect break room will vary from business to business and from employee to employee. The best way to make sure you’re providing a room that meets the needs of your workers is to ask them what they desire in a break room. Here are some guidelines to features that aim to please.

All About the Coffee:

Now more than ever, as America has embraced a strong coffee culture, employee break rooms must feature a good cup of java. And it needs to be on the house! It’s a small price to pay for the reward of an immediate boost in employee productivity and satisfaction. Caffeine increases attention span, improves focus and boosts mental energy!  BostonbeaN has a wide and diverse array of coffee and tea drinks that will be the perfect match for your employees’ bean cravings.

Something for Everyone:

If you have a fit staff that prides itself on healthy lifestyle choices, sports drinks and specialty waters may take center stage, along with fresh and nutritious snack choices like nuts, yogurt and fresh fruits. Or perhaps your staff is a bit more old school and interested in a straight up Cup of Joe and a sugary treat to get through the 3 o’clock fade. Maybe you have a bunch of millennials on staff who want barista style and quality coffee drinks and gourmet chocolates. Knowing your staff will definitely help determine how to stock the break room shelves and counters.

No Work Zone:

Keep in mind that an employee break room is just that – a space for workers to relax for a few minutes and enjoy some refreshment. It is not a place where you need a conference table and working lunches!

The company break room is a place where your employees can have some down time to reboot, which actually will keep them more focused and engaged when they return to their tasks. A simple table that will accommodate several people socializing is a must. Others will prefer some alone time during their down time-think comfy chair with small side table for drink and snack where they can browse through a magazine. Still others will want to sit around a small café table with a few chairs where they can talk in small groups.

Arrange some seating in front of windows so they can connect with nature and hang some attractive artwork on the walls.

Encourage your staff to get out of the building for some fresh air during lunch time when the weather is nice. But a break room is crucial for rainy days and shorter break times to keep your staff motivated when they need a mid-morning or mid-afternoon pick me up.

All Work and No Play:

Google is famous for providing world class break rooms that feature games and activities like foosball, billiards, video games and ping pong. It works for them and their culture. The key is finding out what works for yours! A little physical activity helps give the brain a break and can restore focus.

Others workers may want more laid back distractions like TV, books and magazines. The key is to provide the opportunity to have a much-needed break from work tasks.

BostonbeaN Coffee Company in Woburn, Massachusetts sources the best products to stock your company break room with quality coffee, tea drinks and snack products. Keep your employees happy, alert and motivated by providing great coffee, tea, soft drinks and the perfect snack foods. We listen to your unique breakroom needs. Give us a call today at 1-800-Hit-Brew (800-448-2739) to learn more about our many product and machine options.

 

 

Build the Perfect Break Room with These Must-Haves

The break room in your workplace should be a place of relaxation and rejuvenation for your employees. Whether they use it to prepare and eat their lunch or just take a break from their desks and chat with their co-workers, the employer’s objective must be to make it comfortable, attractive and convenient. Here are five features that every break room should have and one more essential element to making it a success.

Coffee – Of Course

Whether it’s Monday morning, the 2 p.m. slump, or working late at night on a must-finish project, many employees must have their caffeine fix. Coffee may be the most common – and most highly demanded – perk of any workplace. But with the much-increased appreciation for high-quality coffee and specialty coffee drinks in recent years, garden-variety drip coffee or instant (the horror!) may not be attractive to many employees. Consider having a high quality pod coffee maker and a cold brew system in your break room so that employees can make the perfect cup every time. You probably also have workers who aren’t big on coffee, so you should offer alternatives such as teas, energy drinks and other cold beverages.

Healthy Snacks

Though your employees probably either bring or order in their lunches, it’s always nice to have healthy snacks available when their energy flags. Items such as granola bars, fruit, popcorn, fresh veggies and dip are great munchies that hungry workers can grab whenever they need them.

Comfortable Seating

No one likes taking a break or eating their lunch on a cheap steel folding chair. Have comfortable sofas and chairs for your workers and proper dining tables for sit-down lunches.

Organization

When your workers come into the break room, are they able to easily locate flatware, dishes, drinking cups, condiments and other items? Adequate shelving, cabinet space and drawer storage are necessary to get and keep the break room organized. Also essential for maintaining order is responsibility. Put someone in charge of keeping the break room neat and organized.

Interactive Technology

You might think your employees get enough technology at their desks, but everyone appreciates having some fun in the break room. Consider installing a video gaming system or other interactive technology that workers can play when it’s time for a break.

Employee Input

Not sure what your employees want in their break room? You shouldn’t be. You need to ask them. Everyone who uses the room should be involved in decisions about what is included. Hold a meeting and ask for ideas or pass out questionnaires to get input.

A break room that is well organized and well stocked with drinks and snacks, has comfortable seating, and provides a fun environment supports team morale and productivity. It’s a wise investment for most companies.

BostonBeaN Coffee Company offers complete break-room solutions to companies in greater Boston, including hot and cold coffee systems, teas, snacks, cold beverages, break room supplies and management services. For more information, contact BostonBeaN Coffee Company today. Call 800-Hit-Brew (448-2739).