Neil’s Blog – Water, The Environment and More….

free video of home… (time limited)

For anyone who has ever admired anything of beauty in this wonderful planet we live on; you have until 14 June to watch this spectacularly well shot video on you tube free of charge... high praise from this particular fan! I'm not trying to pitch Aquapax as a...

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environment day / eco fair

It was world environment day on Friday and this coincided with the Burgess Hill eco-fair at St. John's park today. I know the 2 are hardly in the same league, but the sentiment is certainly in the same arena. This was the second eco-fair in St. John's park, with the...

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an earth day announcement…

As it's officially earth day, and in consideration of a successful first ever VAT inspection, I figured 2 blogs might be forgiven at this (special to me) time. Besides the video going up on youtube (see the blog below) or check it out on the right - whatever - it's a...

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the video is on youtube…

OK, hardly a press announcement, but it is 'earth day' after all and this is our contribution...  Can only hope the site condron picks up on it and we get some ratings for our efforts. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTH0GZLRo_M stay happy - it is a beautiful earth...

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a video and a vat inspection…

Not quite sure what's going on when a relatively small business like ours attracts a call from a VAT inspector but that's exactly what we've got booked in for 2pm tomorrow. I guess it's because we asked for some money back last quarter (legitimately) but there's still...

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litter on the beaches… who cares anyway?

I found the pre-Easter story quoting statistical 'evidence' about litter on UK beaches doubling over the past 14 years pretty disturbing. A little more disturbing is how it made the news for about one whole day! The worst problem is still cited as being plastic -...

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there's revolution in the air…

These words form part of the design across the top of our beautiful new Aquapax carton (thanks again SunHouse) - they are personal and inspired in part by the wonderfully under-recognised poet Mr. Bob Dylan. I wasn't much into Bob when I was growing up, but my brother...

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the age of stupid…

The IFE (International Food Exhibition) in London over the past 3 days has been hard on my feet and I feel for the poor folk who had to get through today as well. It’s a good trade show and I’ve walked the whole of both halls thoroughly looking for ‘what’s new and...

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serendipity…

I woke up thinking of this word in the early hours and then kept myself awake pondering the precise meaning and the influence of serendipity and sagacity in my life... (that's what happens when I can't sleep). According to wikipedia, it's the accidental discovery of...

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a dream that's worked…

Today was the day when we finally got to see our latest creation – aka Aquapax in its 2009 production guise. It’s one thing to sign off a piece of flat artwork, and another thing to have a mock-up made in a different material, to give a degree of design perspective....

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being green in a brown economy…

Wordplay I confess, but hear me out... The banking catastrophe, the credit clutch, call it what you will. They're taking their toll on so many seemingly good businesses that terror appears to be the prevailing mood of 2009. Terror has a way of shutting down open...

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we lost the fence…

Following the snow of a couple of weeks ago, we had some pretty severe winds last week and lost a fence post plus 2 panels between us and our neighbours. It's our responsibility, so this last weekend was spent digging up the old broken post and 'planting' the new one....

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Aquapax & a French connection…

The year has started with a vengeance and it was rather embarrassing to see it’s been a fortnight since my last blog. It’s great to report that Aquapax will be in at least two of the most fabulous and exciting stores in Paris (Colette and Bon Marché) from the end of...

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mixing up the news…

Two interesting stories caught my eye this morning – the first being the Blenheim water con; the fraudulent (in my humble opinion) filling of large plastic bottles with tap water and selling them to customers as mineral water. And the second was Gordon Brown’s...

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orange customer service '09 style

Any entrepreneurial venture requires complete commitment; this was something that differentiated orange as the upstart challenger brand from their corporate competitors in the early days. I made up my mind when I first stumbled across the brand that I liked what they...

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no news is good news…

When the article on pharmaceuticals and hormonally active chemicals in US drinking water (this months New Scientist magazine) gets out into tabloid world, it will be interesting to see which angle the story is reported from. The 2 sides available are to (a) summarise...

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Nearly New Year…

All the talk of credit crises throughout the world isn’t borne out by the Christmas mayhem I see out there. People appear to be spending as much as usual and (based on our local Waitrose) stores are crazy busy with a ‘what if they run out of x’ mentality abounding....

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simply (just) drinking water…

If you heard David Boomer (IOD policy unit) speaking on the Today programme on Radio 4 on Saturday morning, yes it was us he was referring to… It was an interesting, albeit brief discussion and the gentleman representing the Carbon Trust didn’t actually respond to...

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enterprise week…

This week has been Enterprise Week 2008 and in my volunteer role as Education Liaison Officer for the IOD I chaperoned a group of students from Central Sussex College up to the IOD headquarters in Pall Mall. The IOD lays on a series of interesting speakers for this...

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global packaging awards and a credit crisis…

We had a great news e-mail recently from Andrew Kaplan, the editor of Beverage World– a genuine authority on anything one can drink - the clue is in their title. He advised Aquapax has won a Special Jury Award as a ‘green package’ in their 2008 Global Packaging Awards...

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good news rattles some…

I read the really positive news article in FoodBev recently about South African wine brand Arniston Bay and how the producer has recently joined our revolution launching a 1 litre version of their wine packaged in a Tetra Pak carton range, among other formats. Shortly...

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co-op sweeps up at igd awards

I had the pleasure of attended the IGD Food Industry Awards yesterday evening, held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel off Hyde Park.  It was a well organised affair considering the scale and I was fortunate to be on a table with a great atmosphere, making It a fabulous...

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autumn’s here…

We finally had to turn the heating on yesterday, which I’m none too proud of, but it’s a fact. There comes a point where sitting in your own living room with 2 jumpers on - and still having cold feet motivates the easy option of flicking the switch. This made me think...

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bisphenol a in the news again

You wait a week for a blog and then 2 come along at once... I caught the tail end of the news tonight highlighting a British study linking Bisphenol A to various types of cancers. I've previously looked into the ingredient list in the limited amount of LDPE used in...

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sunshine at the boat show

We’ve been at the boat show down in Southampton since Friday showing the marine leisure industry how simple it is to stow, use and then squash down empty Aquapax after use. That and trying to get the chandlers and other suppliers of plastic bottled water to appreciate...

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it’s raining again…

Talk about speaking too soon – my last weblog celebrated the sun shining on the righteous (we live in hope) yet it seems I opened my mouth too soon by at least a week if not by the proverbial ‘long way’. This week has been absolutely dismal and the forecast for...

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