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Turf HK Interview

Our Managing Director, Blake Ireland was interviewed by Turf HK recently.

Read the full article here: bit.ly/1D722jt

Partnership with Pacific Coffee

We are proud to announce our partnership with Pacific Coffee
Find out more with the link below:
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Shek O Challenge 2014

A huge congrulations to our sponsored event, Shek O Challenge 2014, on being a big success. Here’s a video of the day’s highlights:


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Our Managing Director, Blake Ireland, will be speaking at the Moving into the Frontier event on 7th May.

Our Managing Director, Blake Ireland, will be speaking at the Moving into the Frontier event on 7th May. Mr Ireland will be giving a presentation on Water in the Workplace at the event.
Find out more about his presentation on here: http://bit.ly/1gSWbT7

Co-organized by the Hong Kong Chapter of the International Facility Management Association and the Asian Institute of Intelligent Buildings, Moving into the Frontier is an interactive platform for the building and facility management professionals to network and exchange thoughts, covering topics such as technology, sustainability, quality, business and finance, strategy planning and space management.

Find out more about the event on here: http://bit.ly/1lHG6Yg

Billi Achieves GOLD Global Greentag Certification!

Life Solutions is proud to announce:

Billi Achieves GOLD Global Greentag Certification!
In what is a world first for sustainability, Billi has achieved Gold Certification from Global Greentag.

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important facts about Fluoride

6 very important facts that you should know about Fluoride, which could be in your drinking water! Click here for further details: http://bit.ly/1fRevQI

To find out what is in your water, contact us for a free water test at your home or office today.

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Life Solutions sponsors Ocean Recovery Alliance Sheko Challenge

Given Hong Kong’s current waste crisis, the 9th annual Sheko Challenge, and world’s only Trisolothon, will continue to be one of the only sports event in Hong Kong where zero plastic water bottles are used for the athletes.

Under the leadership of race director Doug Woodring, this mindset and initiative directly help reduce the waste output at the event. “It reminds people of the importance of protecting the ocean from litter. Filtered water is supplied by Life Solutions, and new fold-able, re-useable cups from Fold-n-Fold in Taiwan were used.”

Participants get cold, fresh drinking water without leaving waste plastic behind. “This is groundbreaking for a sports event in Asia and something any event around the world can mimic,” Woodring explains.

The Sheko Challenge is a 2.2 km point-to-point race where some of Hong Kong’s top swimmers, triathletes, adventure racers and water lovers swim from Big Wave Bay in Sheko to the Back Beach. In the fourth annual Trisolothon, some of Hong Kong’s top athletes will compete. Swimmers will team up with a runner and a paddler (on a surf ski or outrigger canoe). All the teammates start at the same time from different locations, and converge on the same finish line together.

For the first time, ocean water polo will also be played after the races, and spectators are encouraged to participate. “This year will be hot, like the past, but we have the biggest amount of pre-registered participants ever. This shows that people love the outdoor beauty and challenge that this sports event offers. It continues to be a pillar of the open water swim schedule in Hong Kong,” said Woodring. “We are pleased to be a showcase of how sports events can reduce their plastic footprint and waste-creation during events. We hope that other organizers can follow suit. We already have events in the United States that are also adopting a reduced plastic and waste strategy, and it is great to see Hong Kong leading the way particularly given the pressure on our landfills and the marine environment. As users of the ocean and the environment, athletes cherish clean places to train and compete in their sports, and we hope that they will carry this ambassadorial role with them to their friends, families and other races as they continue their love of sport.”

Since 2004, the Sheko Challenge has been a fundraising event to support the Ocean Recovery Alliance with their global efforts and WWF with their local efforts to improve the ocean environment. For more information visit Open Water Asia.

Ocean Recovery Alliance is a non-profit organization in Hong Kong and California. It was established in 2010 in order to bring new technologies, innovations, creativity and collaborations to solve issues that face the health of the ocean today. One of the main focuses is on plastic pollution, and the group has made two commitments related to the reduction and prevention of global plastic pollution at the Clinton Global Initiative. The group’s unique plastic reduction programs are now being adopted by UNEP and the World Bank for their ocean programs.

Life Solutions was founded in Hong Kong in order to provide high quality water filtration solutions for the provision of clean and healthy drinking water. One of the main objectives is to reduce the reliance on the use of bottled water so prevalent in modern society. Life Solutions has become the market leader in providing filtered water to offices, homes and the hospitality industry in Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China.

Read the full article at Open Water Swimming

Australia town bans bottled water

A rural town in Australia has voted overwhelmingly to ban the sale of bottled water over concerns about its environmental impact.

Campaigners say Bundanoon, in New South Wales, may be the first community in the world to have such a ban. They say huge amounts of resources are used to extract, package and transport bottled water. The discarded plastic bottles then end up as litter or go into landfill sites, the “Bundy on Tap” campaign says. More than 350 residents turned out to vote at the public meeting in the town hall.

Only one resident voted against the ban, along with a representative from the bottled water industry, ABC news reported.

The BBC’s Nick Bryant in Sydney says locals have promised not to set upon visitors if they ignore the ban, but they will be encouraged to fill a reusable container from water fountains in the main street.

The reusable bottles will bear the slogan “Bundy on Tap”. Campaigner John Dee said local opinion had been incensed when a drinks company announced plans to tap an underground reservoir in the town.

Environmental impact

“The company has been looking to extract water locally, bottle it in Sydney and bring it back here to sell it,” he said. “It made people look at the environmental impact of bottled water and the community has been quite vocal about it.” The ban has been supported by shopkeepers in the town, which has a population of about 2,500. “We believe Bundanoon is the world’s first town that has got its retailers to ban bottled water,” said Mr Dee. “We haven’t found it anywhere else.”

New South Wales Premier Nathan Rees has backed the cause, ordering government departments to stop buying bottled water and use tap water instead. Mr Rees says it will save taxpayers money and help the environment.

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8141569.stm

Bottled Water Under Scrutiny

I almost never buy bottled water to drink. Instead I prefer to drink filtered water from the tap. But on a recent trip to New York City I have to confess that I coughed up a ridiculous $3 a bottle for “Fiji Natural Artesian Water.” I don’t know if it was the indulgence of being on vacation, or the less-deliciously presented bathroom sink of my hotel room, but I fell into the trap of paying for water three nights in a row. Fiji Water, according to their website, is “Far from pollution. Far from acid rain. Far from industrial waste.  There’s no question about it: Fiji is far away. But when it comes to drinking water, ‘remote’ happens to be very, very good.”

Is it? Who knows.

The Fiji website has a lot of good stories about their water production, but I can’t find anything even approaching an unspun scientific accounting of chemical contaminants.

 

Read on…

Source: http://www.theexaminingroom.com/2009/07/bottled-water-under-scrutiny/

Quality of Bottled Water Questioned in Congress

By ANDREA FULLER

Published: July 8, 2009
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/09/us/politics/09bottle.html?_r=1&ref=health
WASHINGTON — In 2008, Americans drank 8.6 billion gallons of bottled water, double the amount of a decade ago, with more than half saying they drink it because it is safer and healthier than tap water.

But at a hearing Wednesday, members of Congress were briefed on two new studies that question whether bottled water is safer than water directly from the faucet. Afterward, the committee sent letters to 13 companies requesting more information about the source of their water and how it is tested.

“Neither the public nor federal regulators know nearly enough about where bottled water comes from and what safeguards are in place to ensure its safety,” said Representative Bart Stupak, Democrat of Michigan and chairman of the oversight committee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, in a statement about the data the committee was seeking. “The majority of consumers purchase bottled water because of perceived health and safety benefits, but they actually know very little about the quality of the water they are buying.”

While the Environmental Protection Agency regulates tap water, the Food and Drug Administration regulates bottled water, which is considered a food.

Municipal water systems have been required to distribute an annual report to consumers since 1999, disclosing the name of their water source and any contaminants found in testing, as well as the potential health effects of those contaminants.

Two new reports — one from the Government Accountability Office and a second from the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit research organization — question whether the regulation of bottled water is sufficient. The environmental group recommends that bottling companies provide detailed information about the source and treatment of their water, just as providers of tap water do.

“In so many cases we just don’t have the information on what the source actually is,” said Jane Houlihan, senior vice president for research of the Environmental Working Group. “Almost one-third of bottled waters have no information on their label.”

Just 2 of 188 bottle companies surveyed by the environmental group provided information about the water’s source and manner of treatment, as well as quality test reports online: Ozarka Drinking Water and Penta Ultra-Purified Water.

In addition, suppliers of tap water are required to notify customers within 24 hours about contaminants that exceed federal levels; this does not apply to bottled water. Nor must bottled water companies test water with certified laboratories, a requirement for tap water suppliers.

Some of the lawmakers questioned the need for more regulation of bottled water. “With all of the life-threatening health priorities facing the F.D.A., this issue does to me seem a little secondary,” said Representative Greg Walden, Republican of Oregon.

“I want to know it’s safe when I drink it,” Mr. Walden said. “I’m not sure I care what spring it came out of.”

F.D.A. officials say that by fall, the agency would be able to carry out provisions of 2007 legislation that requires bottlers to report the results of tests showing that their products pose health consequences.

In a statement prepared for the hearing, Joshua Sharfstein, principal deputy commissioner for the F.D.A., said the agency believed that the Food Safety Enhancement Act in development by the committee would take “some positive steps in providing additional authority that will help to fill some of the gaps identified by the G.A.O.”

Siobhan DeLancey, a spokeswoman for the F.D.A., said in an interview: “We can do it. However, we have a very large regulatory portfolio. It’s been well acknowledged in recent years that we struggle with the whole staff and funding aspect of it.”

In the meantime, the agency says consumers should not be concerned that their bottled water is unsafe.

“We do monitor and inspect the bottled water, the same as we do food,” Ms. DeLancey said. “I don’t think that they should think it’s totally unregulated.”

Joseph Doss, president of the International Bottled Water Association, also dismissed the fuss about the safety of bottled water at the hearing.

“They both have to be safe,” Mr. Doss said of bottled water and tap water. “There are just different ways that you get to that goal.”

 

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