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Earth Day

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Here at S’well, we take Earth Day very seriously. Our mission, after all, is to rid the world of plastic waste. In honor of Earth Day and in an effort to leave this planet better than we found it, we wanted to extend a few tips and tricks to green out your work place according to the 3 R’s: reduce, reuse and recycle.

REDUCE WASTE:

  • Probably one of the biggest and most effective ways to green out your office is to simply implement policies that discourage the use of unnecessary waste and encourage practices like reusing and recycling.
  • Go digital, because Google Docs is the new notebook. Avoid printing when you can and print double-sided when you can’t. Remember, there are plenty of digital tools out there that can help avoid situations that require excessive amounts of printed paper.
  • Turn it off. Conserve energy by turning off or unplugging any electronic devices that aren’t in use. Better yet, opt for natural light.

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REUSE:

  • Invest in a killer water bottle and use it like it’s your job. Plastic bottles are bad for the environment, your health and your wallet. S’well Bottles are the perfect accessory to carry you from your morning caffeine fix, afternoon hydration, all the way into evening workouts. Pro tip: ask the barista at your local coffee shop to fill your bottle up directly with coffee. You’ll spare the cup AND your coffee is guaranteed to stay hot for at least 12 hours.
  • Break out the reusable containers. If you don’t already do so, consider bringing your lunch to work over getting takeout. Homemade lunches typically save money and calories. But don’t skimp on your food storage. We’re partial to a cool lunchbox or glass tupperware
  • BYOB – bring your own bag. Reusable bags are all the rage, nowadays. You can use them to run errands, pick up groceries or carry some extra stuff home from the office. The company Baggu has recently taken New York by storm. Their standard bag comes in a variety of colors and can be easily packed into a purse or briefcase.

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RECYCLE:

  • Do your part. Help out where you can by recycling what you can. Plastic, paper, glass, batteries, printer cartridges, old electronics & more can all be recycled.
  • Arrange for disposal. Figure out what the best way of collecting and disposing of the recyclable materials is. Sometimes this can be arranged by the building management. Depending on the size of your company, you might also consider hiring an outside service.
  • Enforce it. The most important step of your green efforts is to make sure that everyone holds up their end of the deal. Always reiterate the cardinal rule: reduce unnecessary waste, reuse what you can & recycle what you can’t.

You can take the 3 R’s a step further by encouraging other methods of going green. Add plants to your office space to brighten up the area and filter the air. Commute smarter by walking, biking, carpooling or taking public transport to work. If you’re really committed, you can order custom S’well bottles for your company. We aim to align ourselves with similar brands that will echo our mission and message.

TED2016: A Dream in Action

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By Sarah Kauss, Founder & CEO of S’well

blog_ted2016_bagReturning to earth is hard. But I am back on land – and in the office – after an incredible week at TED2016: Dream where I spent five days in a custom-built TED amphitheater inside the Vancouver Convention Centre. Can I just say that the setting was my idea of utopia? The beautiful space was surrounded by Vancouver Bay, where seaplanes would land just outside the convention center windows, and Whistler Mountain’s white capped ski slopes were visible in the near distance.

Inside the theater was an equally special environment. The 1,200-plus attendees, or TEDsters as we were called, were asked to be truly present during the course of the event. This meant that phones, computers and light-up screens were only allowed in the back rows of sessions to encourage everyone to be open to the learnings, lessons and insights of each of the 18-minute TED talks. What a breath of fresh air.

While the imagination and inspiration at TED was endless, there were a few things that stood out as must-share experiences that led to personal and sharable revelations.

Chasing the Hum

Let’s start with Shonda Rhimes’ talk about balance. The amazing writer and producer of the hit ABC show Scandal is responsible for over 70 hours of television each season. With her hands in other projects including Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder, it was no surprise when she said that she is addicted to work. While I completely relate to this obsession, Shonda gave an honest reflection about why it is important to find balance and happiness in her personal life. She talked about how she chased the work high or what she called “the hum” and how she was only able to rediscover it after finding time for her kids and her personal life. What she learned is that the hum is not work-specific, but “joy-specific.”

Balance is something we probably all know we need and, if you’re like me, don’t always seek out. Yet, the way Shonda spoke about chasing “the hum” made it seem like a necessity for truly claiming the dream of happiness.

Taking a Virtual Journey

The virtual world opened up and wowed me, unlike ever before. Virtual reality, augmented reality and holograms were hot topics this year and dream-like experience unto their own. At one talk in particular, we were gifted Google Cardboard Virtual Reality glasses. Together with the glasses, the entire amphitheater of TEDsters went on a journey through space and time from a U2 concert to an open helicopter ride over Central Park to a sing along in an African village.

The interactive experience was so spectacular that I brought the Google Cardboard back to the S’well office so my team could explore the experience firsthand. It was kind of magical to get the entire team inspired and see individual reactions to something so new and unique.

Chasing Personal Dreams

As sponsors four years running, S’well creates custom TED-edition S’well bottles for TEDsters to stay hydrated in style during the week (and after). Only these special edition S’well bottles are permitted to be used throughout the course of the week. No other drinks, cups, mugs or bottles are allowed.

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As founder and dreamer-in-chief of S’well, it is beyond a dream to see TEDsters – from movie stars to astronauts, to writers and scientists, to film and television producers – proudly using their bottles while listening to big ideas about the future.

This was by far the most personal and fulfilling experience at TED2016: Dream, because it was seeing my dream live in action. It helped me return to work this week with a renewed energy for the business and our mission to make a major impact in the world. My guess is that this is exactly what TED meant to do – keep us working toward our dreams. So that’s why I pass this experience onto you.

S’uper Bowl 50

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If you follow us on social media, then you know team S’well was just out in San Francisco for the Super Bowl. Between enjoying all of the Super Bowl festivities, we also made some time to do as the Californians do!

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Our first stop was at Tartine Bakery, the quintessential place to carbo load for no reason.  The giant croissant pictured is not your average breakfast pastry. It is actually filled with smoked ham and Gruyere and is one of Tartine’s claims to fame. We also enjoyed a mushroom croque-monsieur, banana bread pudding and lattes.

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We made our way to Super Bowl Village to see all of the excitement and football fans gathered together. People were representing jerseys from all different teams, but all shared the enthusiasm for the Super Bowl.

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This year, S’well was chosen by the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee to be part of their gifting suite. NFL executives and players came through and had a chance to pick up some amazing swag, including a Rose Gold S’well.

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San Francisco is the first city in the United States to ban the sale of plastic water bottles. We were excited to see water stations in the different places we visited encouraging people to switch over to reusable bottles.

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Right across the street from Super Bowl Village was The Ferry Building, housing more local San Francisco eats and shops to be explored.

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The last stop before making our way to the airport was at none other than In-n-Out. No trip to California is complete without a Double-Double and Animal Style fries from their not-so-secret menu.

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Until next time, we’ve left our hearts in San Francisco! Follow us on snapchat to get more behind-the-scenes looks at S’well.

New Year’s Resolutions

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Happy New Year, everyone! 2016 is full of potential, so we are naming January the month of “New Year, New You.” Over the next few weeks, we (plus, some guest bloggers) will be posting about different ways you can improve yourself this year. We’ll cover it all: from clean eats and workouts that make you s’weat, to beauty and lifestyle tips. In the meantime, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite New Year’s resolutions from Team S’well.

  1. Get more sleep. Quit binge-watching the new Netflix show and get those z’s.
  2. Take more pictures.

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  1. Pick up a new hobby. Learn a new language. Learn to code!
  2. Keep things tidy and join the #cleandeskclub.
  3. Meet more people. Just swipe right.
  4. Take some time to reflect and journal regularly.
  5. Recycle more, waste less. Less plastic, more S’well.
  6. Go to more concerts. They sound even better live.

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  1. Read more. Your daily subway commute will fly by with a good read.
  2. Travel. Get out of your comfort zone & explore.

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  1. Hit the gym or your favorite spin class. We’re partial to our neighborhood Equinox.
  2. Learn to cook. Follow our Pinterest board for kitchen inspo.

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  1. Don’t s’weat the little things. Everything will be alright.
  2. Drop your keys and save gas by walking or riding a bike to your next destination.

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  1. Be on time even if that means setting your clock early.
  2. Show gratitude. Focusing on the good things in life will make you happier.
  3. Tweet less, live more IRL.
  4. Drink more water. We can help with that.

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There are plenty of more “New Year, New You” blog posts to come, so be on the lookout. Until then, you can check out more lifestyle tips on our Pinterest page.

Go GREEN this Earth Day

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Earth Day is here and it always makes us take a step back and think about how we can be more green and help the planet. We’ve come up with a few tips for you to keep in mind:

Turn Off The Lights

This one seems pretty easy, yet it’s such an easy thing to forget.  When you leave a room, turn the lights off. It’s as simple as that.

Buy Locally

We love to visit Manhattan’s Union Square Farmer’s Market. It’s a great way to try all different foods from locally sourced vendors and farms. Buying locally is a great delicious way to help the planet and your local community.

Conserve Water

As a reusable water bottle company and partner of The U.S. Fund for UNICEF Tap Project, we highly encourage all of our followers to conserve water. Try to remember to turn off the water when you’re brushing your teeth and to take shorter showers too.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

If you own a S’well bottle you’re automatically reducing the number of plastic water bottles being used! It is so simple to replace your plastic bottles with our S’well. Plus, your water will stay colder much longer than in your dreaded plastic bottle.

We even suggest to re-use the beautiful packaging your S’well bottle comes in. How about using your packaging as a table centerpiece- you can wrap the packaging with wrapping paper and insert dried flowers! You can even use your empty tube as a spaghetti holder! Tag your best shots of reusing your S’well packaging with #greenswell for chance to win a GREEN S’well.

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