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The coffee pod or capsule, new calamity for the planet?

coffee podsMaking coffee with the capsule or pod is fast and easy. Click! you turn on the machine, wait 2 minutes for the temperature LED to become green, take the pod, splot! put it in the slot, press the button, 10 seconds and… slurp! your coffee is ready!

Yes, but … I have listed six con points for your consideration:

  1. coffee temperature is rather low , if you like your espresso hot, nothing to do, you must resign yourself to drink lukewarm coffee ;
  2. pods are aluminum, so recyclable as a can of beer, the problem is coffee : how to extract the capsule used in order to recycle both the coffee and aluminum ? For the used coffee is excellent example for composting, while aluminum is one of the raw materials whose prices only rise because of their scarcity. But the main problem is that the cups are too small to be captured in most recycling facilities where machinery separates objects by size and density
  3. aluminum can contains bisphenol, causing cardiovascular problems, diabetes and possibly cancer. It is likely that most capsules contain bisphenol
  4. the upper part of the capsule is sealed with a chemical adhesive. Can we be sure that it leaves no toxic residue in the coffee?
  5. The taste is also suffering . Between a roasted coffee and a coffee capsule , the difference in taste sensation is comparable to the difference between a wine from a bottle with cork and wine from a carton …
  6. last but not least , price. A capsule costs between 40 and 50 cents. However, the cheapest arabica coffee costs 1.50 $ for 100 grams. With this amount , one can brew 20cups at less than 6 cents per cup coffee, and there is nothing to recycle.

The best thing would be to use the used coffee for composting or as a fertilizer for the plants if there is no garden.

Good lighting is essential

In your office as in any space where you live, good lighting is essential.
Ideally you want as much natural daylight as possible. If your space has a window, it will enhance the lighting.
Daylight is the most evenly balanced source of white light available, in that sunlight has an approximately equal proportion of each color of the spectrum. The color of natural light also differs based on geographic location. It is always beneficial to have as much natural light as possible in the working area.

If in your office no daylight is available, a combination of general and task lighting will be required. A high-quality task light will be essential for late nights or cloudy days. If your office is in a room without windows, check out daylight-replicating light sources that will provide energy-efficient, full-spectrum lighting.
Many ergonomic task-lighting fixtures have dimmer switches so you can control the amount of light.
The most effective lighting brings out the fullest quality of the colors illuminated. If lighting levels are too low, there can be negative psychological effects, including depression.

For human comfort, a yellow-cast illumination is best. It is the color of brightness, and midway through the color progression from cool to warm.

To avoid glare, don’t place overhead lighting directly above computer screens, and don’t put a computer screen directly in front of a light source. That will cause eyestrain. Infact, overhead lighting and computer monitors just aren’t a great combination. Adding in a desk top lamp can do wonders to relieve eye strain and to create some additional warmth to a room that can typically feel cold and overly electronic. Some spaces work well with adjustable height task lamps, while others do great with more conventional styles. Try making the bottom of your lampshade just higher than the height of your monitor. It will go a long ways to producing the most light possible without overpowering your screen.

Energy guidelines are leading to new reduced-light levels in offices that are easier on the eyes. The most critical factor with lighting is the ability to control its brightness and intensity.

A comfortable workplace

How many hours do you spend in your office? Do you sit comfortably? Do you have ergonomic tools at your workstation?
All these questions and their answers are important to live well when you work.

It’s necessary to humanise technology because health and safety in the workspace are very important. Work environment plays a key role in your productivity – comfortable staff work longer hours, are more productive and show a better return for their employeers.

It would be more useful to talk about ergonomic tools to emphasize their advantages in terms of work rationalization, safety and wellbeing, for a more correct way of working.
Office furniture suppliers look at the environment staff work in, the space needed to work effectively in and the number of people that are required to be accommodated within that space. The new office is then planned out observing importantly the HSE guidelines on a modern working space to ensure your business’ compliancy to ever changing directives. The care and attention to detail is very necessary because a workplace is where a significant time of person’s life is spent.

Sitting comfortably is essential. People are all different shapes and sizes and all have different roles and requirements. Office chair should provide good back support and have the ability to be easily adjustable to the correct working height. It is important that elbows sit at the same height as the keyboard and feet are placed comfortably, flat on the floor.

I think that awareness still must be developed regarding the advantages of a totally rational, organized, safe workstation. Luckily ergonomic tools can be added “after the fact”, inserted in already activated situations, thanks to thei versatility and simplicity, not requiring modifications of the workstation for thei installation. Finally, investing in ergonomic tools means investing in the most important resources of any company. The human resources.