Source of Life
WTS International is set to deliver clean, safe drinking water to developing nations with its 2016 corporate initiative WELL ness Begins with Water by nations with its 2016 corporate initiative WELL ness Begins with Water by supporting Charity: Water, who believes having access to clean water is key to improving health and equality, as women and children are freed from the time-consuming task of water collection. WTS is now working with its clients and partners to raise approximately US$10,000 – the amount it costs to install a community well. As a part of the initiative, they have also partnered with the Green Spa Network to make recommendations to WTS-managed facilities on reducing plastic water bottle and cup usage. www.wtsinternational.com.
Swap your sugar-filled Nutella for a healthier nut butter. Recently launched in Hong Kong, Nutty Buddy’s organic artisanal nut butters are not only delicious and nutritious, but are also dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free. And instead of refined sugar, raw organic coconut sugar is used as a sweetener, which is said to have a lower glycemic index. Currently two varieties are available: Sea Salt Almond Butter and Vanilla Cashew Butter, which can be purchased and delivered within Hong Kong through their website. www.nuttybuddynutbutters.com.
A Green Stay
The über-chic Virgin Hotels Chicago was recently awarded the LEED Gold Certification by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Opened in 2015, the hotel transformed the 1920s art deco bank building it’s housed in with the goal of net zero carbon and net zero waste in mind. With its sustainable approach that includes hotel-wide recycling, green housekeeping, soap donation, green roofs and highperformance, energy- and water-efficient amenities, it’s no wonder the 250-room hotel has exceeded its original goal of LEED Silver. www.virginhotels.com.