Category: Sustainability

Fresh & Refreshing Drinks You Can Make At Home

The summer heat might be on, but all you need is a fresh juice or a refreshing smoothie to kickstart your day. What’s more, you can make some of these drinks – healthy ones, even – at home!

Here are some fresh and refreshing drinks you can make at home:

orange juice

  • Orange Juice. We all know that orange is an excellent source of vitamin C. But did you know that it’s also a great source of fiber and a good source of vitamin A, B, calcium and potassium? Thus, the reason why this is one fresh drink that you can easily make at home. All you need is a bunch of peeled oranges and a juicer KINGZ – best known for gnashing (or in a simpler term, crunching) the fruit and releasing more juice from its pulp.

green smoothie

  • Green Smoothie. There’s a reason why our parents always make us eat vegetables before. Green and leafy vegetables are not just rich in vitamins and minerals, but also detox your body, maintain your weight, and even boost your immune system for the long run. Make this refreshing drink with at least 2 cups of green and leafy vegetables, along with your choice of fruit, in a juicer or a blender.

chai tea

  • Chai Tea. Tea is not just known for its antioxidant properties and being a healthier option than coffee. It’s also known for helping one to lose weight and to prevent serious diseases like cancer or diabetes. Even more so, you can mix it up with other food – without compromising its many benefits. To make a Chai tea, you only need to use a juicer or a blender for mixing ingredients such as black tea, sugar, and vanilla.

In conclusion, there are lots of recipes – including the ones above – which are not only easy to make, but also healthy to drink. And with that, is the realization that while most people often take health for granted, one can always choose to live healthily – even if you’re the kind of person who only eats or drinks his or her favorites. You see, living healthily doesn’t mean entirely giving up on your favorites. It’s more like being careful about what you eat or drink, but using that kind of understanding to incorporate “healthy” into “favorite.”

How about you? Have you tried making any one of these drinks? Do you know any other healthy drinks? Let us know in the comments section below!

7 of the Most Sustainable Buildings in the World

Green buildings and sustainable design innovations are increasingly making its mark in the world. There are a growing number of structures built with sustainability in mind. This shift towards eco-friendly design resulted to some of the most awe-inspiring green buildings across the globe that combines aesthetics and function.

1. Bahrain World Trade Center
Bahrain WTC
Location: Manama, Bahrain
Highlights: Modern design equipped with three huge wind turbines on its façade. The turbines provide roughly 15% of energy used to power the building. Bahrain WTC also has a solar-powered and other sustainable design features.

2. King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
 KAUST
Location: Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
Highlights: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is touted to be the world’s largest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum project at the time it was certified. The massive complex fully utilizes its wastewater.

3. Pixel
pixel
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Highlights: First carbon neutral building in Australia, energy efficient (façade made of pixilated shade design, use of natural daylight and ventilation); a green roof with solar panels, wind turbines, and rain harvesting features; high LEED rating

4. Shanghai Tower
Shanghai Tower
Location: Shanghai, China
Highlights: Wind turbines installed on top, use of natural lighting; automated system that keep tracks of heating, lighting, and ventilation; other green features and technology

5. TELUS Garden
Telus Garden
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Highlights: LEED Platinum mixed-use building; sustainability features include rainwater harvesting, community food garden, an energy system that maximizes heat from the facility’s data centre to regulate temperature in the office and residential buildings; solar panels, green space outdoors, electric vehicles’ charging area

6. The Crystal
the crystal
Location: London, England, UK
Highlights: LEED Platinum building, Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment (BREEAM) “Outstanding” certification, a roof with a rainwater harvesting feature, recycling and reusing of wastewater, no fossil resources used

7. The Edge
The Edge
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Highlights: Touted as the world’s most sustainable building, carbon neutral building, boasts of innovative and sustainable features, state of the art technology that promotes sustainability, 98.36% BREEAM sustainability score; highly efficient LED panels with light, motion, and temperature sensors among others; optimal use of natural lighting and ventilation, use of smart and sustainable technologies