Biocote protects against Infectious Bacteria

Health and hygiene have come into focus globally as COVID-19 has brought our lives to a standstill. The situation has highlighted the negative impact that viruses and diseases can have on people, businesses and economic trade. A healthy, safe workplace, hotel room or public space can not only provide assurance and trust to employees and customers, it also demonstrates global Best Practice.

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Exposure to viruses and bacteria can often make people sick. Infectious bacteria can be found in water, and some of these can cause severe illnesses. This kind of bacteria can also grow on the surface areas like counter tops or even on the exteriors of kitchen equipment, possibly spreading to people when we touch these surfaces regularly.

Thankfully, we can stay safe and enjoy fresh healthy drinking water. The UTS Slimtap UV rays kill any potentially harmful bacteria in the water, while allowing users to easily access purified drinking water. This ensures that any bacteria-borne infections are stopped at sourced, and the drinking water can be enjoyed without worry.

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What makes the UTS Slimtap unique is that it has built-in antimicrobial protection. Proven to reduce microbes by 99.5% within 2 hours, the Slimtap features Waterlogic’s Biocote, patented technology that kills bacteria on the surface of the tap. This is particularly useful for public spaces or kitchen and pantry areas with high density use. The Biocote technology means that it has been proven to be effective against bacteria and antibiotic resistant bacteria as Campylobacter, E Coli, Legionella Pneumophilia, Listeria Monocytogenes and Staphylocooccus Aureus; mold and fungi, as well as the Influenza A H1N1 virus. The Slimtap and other BioCote technologies are regularly tested for effectiveness against microbes using methods and standards like ISO 22196 (2011), ASTM E2149-13a and ASTM G21.

Ideal for hotel rooms, offices, hospitals, clinics, restaurants and canteens, the Slimtap offers safe water at an affordable price. Life Solutions is excited to announce that the UTS Slimtap with its unique Biocote technology is now available in China. Contact us for more information.

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Celebrating Earth Day 2020

What is estimated to have an average value of 33 trillion US dollars each year? What is something we cannot live without? If you guessed the global economy, you were off. If you guessed, the economic value of water, you were close.

The earth provides all that is needed for life to exist and thrive. It is the basis of our global economy. In 1997, the economic value of 17 ecosystem services in nature were estimated by top analysts to be between 16-54 trillion US dollars per year. Businesses harvest this wealth by turning the earth’s raw natural materials – minerals, food, fibre, chemicals – into the many things that make up our lives: from cars, food and mobile phones to office buildings, bowls and cups. Strong, global economic growth has meant improvements in quality of life. It’s also meant pollution, ecosystem degradation and species loss.

The 2005 Millennium Ecosystem Assessment found that 60% of 24 ecosystem services were ‘being degraded or used unsustainably.’ Our economic system has helped nations to become wealthy, yet has not taken into account the environmental costs or impacts of things like habitat disruption, water pollution or species loss.

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“Humans have been degrading and depleting ecosystems for centuries, even millennia. Yet the process has accelerated in the past fifty years [….] The resulting loss of ecosystem services often has significant social and economic costs [….] The global marine fishing industry, landing a catch just under $100 billion per year, is at risk of collapse in the next forty years. Also at risk are an estimated 35 million jobs, mainly in small-scale and artisanal fisheries, and the health of more than a billion people in the developing world, who depend on fish as their main or only source of animal protein.” By measuring ecosystem services – and increases or decreases of life-supporting value, humans are better able to manage and reduce our environmental impact.

Though some may associate global Earth Day with hippies and early 1970s North America, the day has come to represent a globally-inclusive movement for environmental sustainability. Earth Day includes all sectors in a country – public, private, not-for-profit and civil society. The aim is to show the world that people care about the earth and to support positive change for people and planet. 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and there will be events across the world, including in China.

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With a mission of inspiring China’ transition to safe and healthy drinking water through outstanding customer service and environmentally responsible solutions, Life Solutions is proud to support Earth Day. Our long-lasting, energy efficient clean drinking water products provide essential hydration for customers. They also avoid the use of polluting single-use plastic.

Finally, we are proud of our social impact partners Green Initiatives and Collective Responsibility. These organisations are creating awareness and understanding of the environmental, economic and social challenges that people in Asia are facing. They also offer programs and services in the greater China region that create sustainability, quality of life and business benefits.

The value of a life – and of all life – is far beyond economic value. The costs of inaction and of consumption of highly polluting products far out-weight the benefits of more sustainable habits and products. We all call earth home. On this Earth Day, let’s do what we can to make a positive difference.

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children.

Native American proverb

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How Reverse Osmosis can
reduce exposure to viruses

With the Coronavirus having caused deaths and severe sickness in China and abroad, many people are taking precautions to protect themselves from getting sick.

Millions of people in China are now wearing face masks and respirators, washing their hands thoroughly, sanitizing kitchen surfaces and consuming safer food and drink.  “China finds itself performing a precarious balancing act with two important but divergent tasks,” said Dr. Stephen Woellenstein, German Chamber of Commerce in North China, “keeping firm with virus prevention measures while fighting for a return to economic normalcy.”

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Businesses across China’s major cities are courageously going back to work in order to lead from the front and serve their customers through these challenging circumstances. Many companies are making changes to their operations in order to manage risks while still creating value. According to Personnel Today, businesses are taking different strategies to keep business afloat, including having staff work from home, performing in-office temperature checks, communicating more with staff, allowing employees to take annual leave early and using teleconferencing instead of face-to-face meetings.

Many people here in China are wearing face masks to reduce the risks of infection or spreading of the virus. In addition, hand washing with soap for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom or before consuming food can reduce the risks of contracting viruses.

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These are good ways to reduce the risk of virus transmission through contact. However, the World Health Organization notes that virus pathogens can also be found in water. Though boiling water to a range between 80 to 100 degrees Celsius can successfully deal with bacteria and some common germs, it doesn’t address heavy metals and harmful viruses. Thankfully, there are more effective ways that reduce exposure to viruses.

Reverse Osmosis systems remove bacteria and chemical contaminants like lead, chromium, chloride and copper, and also can remove some viruses like Rotavirus, Norovirus and Hepatitis B. Reverse Osmosis has been known to be so effective at removing contaminants that is often used to treat hospital waste water, as noted in the International Journal of Chemical Sciences and Applications. As a result, responsible managers wanting to protect their staff and clients from viruses found in kitchen and office pantry areas can reliably use RO filtration systems to reduce the risk of illness, improving health by staying hydrated with clean, pure water, while also encouraging peace of mind during these uncertain, challenging times.

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Life Solutions uses Reverse Osmosis filtration in all of our clean drinking water systems, because we know how effective it is in removing contamination and leaving our customers with clean, safe drinking water. Life Solutions was founded on the basis that businesses and residential customers deserve reliable, safe and healthy drinking water at all times. Our 5 stage RO system stops pollution, bacteria and many viruses from making its way into the one thing that humans cannot live without – clean and healthy drinking water.

At this current time in China, we understand that it is not just the water that needs to be safe, yet also the equipment that our customers use. We understand that clients and business partners just want to get on with their business. That is why our trained and experienced technicians have taken precautions in order to support the team and our customers to be healthy, safe and productive. The technical support team now wear face masks, protective goggles, gloves and also disinfect their hands before installing any clean drinking water systems or replacing filters.

As an optional value-added protection feature, many of our systems, including all of our premium Billi drinking water systems, can be coupled with UV light filters on request, which kill bacteria and viruses.

For more information about what RO filtration is and its benefits feel free to read about it here.

If you would like to learn more about how we can help you, please contact our friendly customer service team, toll-free, nationwide on 400-820-1213 or via email at enquiry@lifesolutionschina.cn. We are happy to help with any enquiries you might have.

Designing for Advanced Age in China

According to the United Nations Population Fund, by ‘2050, one in four people in Asia and the Pacific will be over 60 years old’ with the number of people over 60 years of age tripling between 2010 and 2050, reaching about 1.3 billion people. With people living longer lives, this is ‘cause for celebration, a triumph of social, economic and technology development for a region that in the not too distance past presented a very different picture of life expectancy’, says the World Economic Forum. At the same time, this has ‘profound socio-economic, cultural and political implications’ – as well as implications for how commercial and residential buildings are built and interiors designed in the Asia Pacific region.

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The population in Asia is aging, particularly in China, where an estimated 500 million people are expected to be 60 or over by 2050, suggesting that big changes are needed in a variety of areas to meet their needs, such as in the design of senior living residences and interiors that are accessible, easy to use and support changes in health. As a result, there will be increasing demand for aged care facilities in China that are designed to meet the physical, social and health needs of retirees and elder professionals.

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Service oriented and progressive design firms in China are already starting to meet the needs of this 60+ age group. Global design firm ThomsonAdsett has created the Shuangqiao Golden Homes development near the 4th Ring Road outside Beijing. This features 350 independent senior living apartments and also access to amenities and a 60-bed geriatric hospital. Another experienced develop in Seniors Living, Lendlease have been developing a Senior Living development in Qingpu Shanghai, with over 850 apartments and associated high quality services, which will see residents move in from 2021.

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Interior designers, architects and specifiers will need to pay special attention to design aspects like access, mobility and ease-of-use features, especially in kitchens, bathrooms and other areas regularly used by elderly people and their families. Here in China, with an aging population and increased risk of health impairments, decreased mobility and strength, as well as an increasing awareness of and desire to protect loved ones from the effects of pollution, designers have the opportunity to create interiors that are not only functional and easy to move around in, yet also support elderly residents to have good health and a long life.

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Made with reliability, ease of operation and interior design aesthetics in mind, the Australian designed and made Billi clean drinking water range aligns with best practice design – including designing for elderly and disabled people – and offers several benefits. This includes healthy, safe boiling and chilled drinking water, remote controlled functions and an easy to clean design, which can help to ensure hygienic kitchen conditions.

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To learn more about designing for advanced age and disability as well as supporting user health with bacteria and virus-removing water filtration, come read this article by Billi Australia.

AquaTech China 2019

Life Solutions staff wanted to speak with our clients, partners and the general public about our high quality drinking water systems and offer them an opportunity to try out the pure, healthy water from our Billi taps. So, we participated in AquaTech China 2019 at Shanghai National Exhibition and Convention Centre from June 3rd to 5th 2019.

AquaTech China is the largest trade show for drinking water, waste and process water technology in Asia. It provides a good exchange platform for worldwide water technology and water management industries, offering solutions to water risks and challenges. In 2019, more than 3,400 exhibitors from over 23 countries attracted 99,000+ professionals from 100 countries.

Prior to this major event, we invited our valued clients, business partners and friends to attend. Our Shanghai team planned, designed and supervised the building of a 5,800 mm wide by 2,600 mm tall display, with informative videos on our Billi Australia systems, the installation of a range of elegant Billi display and working units, and a break-away area where guests could sit down and chat with us.

 

During the event, we introduced people to Billi’s cutting-edge energy-saving technology, a small under-bench footprint and our high quality NSF certified filtration. Our business development and customer service team were on hand to answer product related questions and explain the benefits of our services, while our engineers and technicians were also available to answer detailed technical and complex installation queries. Participants were able to taste our refreshing, clean drinking water as well as take home our product catalogues and specification sheets.

The expo was an excellent opportunity for partners, clients and people new to premium quality clean drinking systems to try out and learn about our Billi water filtration systems, including our elegant XT and XL taps.

If you couldn’t make it to AquaTech 2019, yet are interested in our services and drinking water solutions for offices, hotels, showrooms, residential homes or even private hospitals, follow us below. You can also contact us directly on 400 820 1213 or via email at enquiry@lifesolutionschina.cn.

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Hong Kong International Airport

Often referred to as ‘the airport that never sleeps’ and with over 220 worldwide destinations, Hong Kong International Airport is truly a global hub for travelers.
Recognised for its design, comfort and efficiency, HKIA has been awarded over 80 industry awards and the airport’s strong commitment to sustainability has contributed to these accolades.

Hong Kong International Airport drives its goal of being one the world’s greenest airports through long-term decarbonization strategies, energy efficiencies and food, waste and plastic reduction initiatives.

Since 2014 we have installed and serviced 23 public drinking water zones, and over 100 filtration units in HKIA’s cargo terminal and management offices. Life Solutions is proud to provide clean and healthy drinking water to over 70 million travelers every year.

Life Solutions has professionally trained service teams across China in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Hong Kong and Macau. With such a broad reach we are able to install and service clients across more than 25 Chinese cities. If you would like to enjoy the benefits of clean and healthy drinking water, please contact us here to learn more.

Hines – One Museum Place

We at Life Solutions are proud to have Hines as a client. Their excellently designed Shanghai office at One Museum Place is both a pleasure to visit and work at. With clean drinking water supplied through our Billi water filtration systems, tenants – whether international corporations, local companies or even fashion design enterprises – are able to enjoy tasty water with their morning tea or coffee, or a chilled glass of water in the afternoon.

In the management office, Echo Wang, Director at Hines, said that our water tastes fresh and is excellent to drink. After initially installing a Billi Quadra 460 on the Level 10 management offices, Hines group were so satisfied that they decided to install another one for their LL2 engineering team office. The engineers like to keep the system unlocked and say that the boiling water is a perfect temperature for tea.

Derek Hrzek, Senior Associate, explained that some tenants have sustainability and health policies and ask detailed questions about plastic bottle free drinking water solutions.

“This filtered drinking water system has been an excellent solution to provide our entire office with hot and cold water on demand. Not only is the water clean and healthy, but it has also allowed us to use more sustainable reusable cups and completely avoid the use of plastic bottles in our office.”

The Chrome design matches well with both their corporate office and their engineering staff pantry. The Billi Quadra is Global Green Tag ‘Gold’ certified – the first water dispenser in the world to be independently assessed using best practice science and to recognized as ‘excellent’ in terms of its environmental performance. This sustainability performance aligns with the HinesGO (Hines’ internal GREEN OFFICE program implemented worldwide for tenants) strategy and encourages its tenants at One Museum Place to demonstrate Corporate Responsibility in terms of staff well-being, health, appliance safety and energy efficiency.

Life Solutions are able to provide Hines tenants in premium office spaces like One Museum Place with the best in drinking water.

Huangshan Team Building Adventure

In June 2019, the Life Solutions team took a weekend trip to Huangshan (Yellow Mountain). Escaping the summer heat of Shanghai, we traveled to Huangshan City for a weekend of site-seeing, teambuilding, hiking, eating, discussing our business, socializing and celebrating our achievements together. Everyone from our housekeeper to senior leaders had a great time together and built positive memories that will last for as long as the ancient mountains themselves.

Formed over 60 million years ago in Anhui province, Huangshan has been ‘held in high esteem in China’s history’ for over 1,500 years

Not only is the mountain range vast with dramatic peaks, Huangshan also has significant cultural and historical value. Legend has it that Yellow Mountain, which used to be called Yishan (Black Mountain) was where an aging Huangdi (the Yellow Emperor) went to source a magical elixir from the mountain’s unique herbs, which made him immortal. To honour Huangdi, Yishan was renamed Huangshan, Yellow Mountain

Huangshan also has strong environmental significance and draws thousands of tourists from around China and the world each year for its natural beauty. Environmental protection and sustainable use of life’s resources are at the core of Life Solutions’ mission and so visiting this beautiful, pristine region was an obvious choice for us. In 1982, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China named Huangshan a ‘site of scenic beauty and historic interest.’ Then, in 1990, Huangshan was named as a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) world heritage site for its scenery and its role as a habitat for rare and threatened species’ , including both plants and animals found nowhere else in the world

After settling into our hotel, early on the second morning we set out to conquer Yellow Mountain. Carrying backpacks and water bottles and wearing raincoats we got into the gondolas in small groups and were whisked up through the rainy clouds. Half-way up, we got off the lift, regrouped then began climbing thousands of stone stairs, along with crowds of other tourists. Our journey to the top would include several of the 77 peaks that day, admiring beautiful, unique vegetation and birds. As we climbed, we felt the wind pick up strength and the rain began to fall. We held tight to the railings and massive boulders that flanked our path, thousands of feet above the valleys below. As the rain fell from the sky, filling streams, feeding plants and recharging ground water, we could see a part of the age-old water cycle happening before our eyes.

With aching limbs, cold fingers, drenched shoes yet wide smiles, we reached the summit of the majestic Lotus Peak (Lian Hua Peak). As the wind cleared away the rain, we saw a vast sea of clouds reaching out to the horizon. Finally, in the afternoon, after hours of hiking and almost a thousand meters ascended, we, together, had reached the top. We laughed and marveled at the peaks in the distance, the valleys below reminding us of the heights we had climbed together. Getting out of the city, as a team, reinforced why we do what we do at Life Solutions and the importance that a healthy environment with clean water holds in our lives.

EF Education First

As one of the largest global education providers, EF has a strong presence in China and widespread geographical footprint. We are incredibly proud to be EF’s service provider for clean and healthy water in more over 20 cities in the region. Over a number of years, we have fostered a collaborative long term relationship that spreads across many of their campuses, schools and management offices.

Like many of our clients and partners, EF is a socially aware and responsible organization and we are regularly invited to participate in their health, safety and sustainability fairs and events. Here is what EF have to say about why they choose to be a socially and environmentally conscious employer.

HCreates

Regarded by many as the premium water filtration service provider in the region, we are often recommended by designers and project management firms because of our unwavering approach towards product and water quality, as well as our professional service delivery.

As a high-end, boutique interior design firm, HCreates recommends quality solutions on all their projects. We are proud that they are not only a client of ours but also recommend our services and solutions to their clients. HCreates’ management team explains the benefits of using Life Solutions in your own workplace, and why they recommend us.