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8th March 2013
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Energy efficiency, intelligent controls, online tools, kitchen design and layout versatility lead advances in foodservice equipment for acclaimed industry award at NRA Show 2013.
In what is probably one of the most important roles he has ever played, Oscar-winning British actor Jeremy Irons has become something of an eco-warrior in recent years and yesterday, he jointly hosted a conference in Brussels to mark the publication of the EU’s green paper on plastic waste, which aims to make us rethink our use of plastics.
Jeremy called upon us all to make ourselves more aware of the impact of our “unadulterated consumerism”.
“I refuse to call it waste. ‘Waste’ is a verb,” he said. “It is what we do. We are wasting our resources.” The actor said we need to concentrate on what is important in life and that he is now working hard to raise awareness about the effects of plastic waste - including the leaking of endocrine-disrupting chemicals – and to promote recycling.
He criticised the waste disposal business for its “vested interests”, which he said were preventing society from tackling full on the problem of plastic waste in the same way that it tackled drink driving. “I hope some people will be embarrassed out of their comfortable way of living,” he said.
Public consultation under the green paper will last until the beginning of June 2013, resulting in further policy action on plastic waste in 2014. You can learn more by watching the short trailer to Jeremy’s documentary, ‘Trash’ at www.trashedfilm.com and by reading the news story below – and, indeed, you can have your say.
This Week's News
Mereway Kitchens embarks on yet another exciting launch this Spring with the introduction of stunning new door style 'Light Ash' joining its contemporary Cucina Colore collection.
Plastic has become an unavoidable material in our modern world. Plastics are versatile and durable, but this durability can make disposal problematic. A Green Paper published yesterday by the European Commission aims to launch a structured discussion about how to make plastic products more sustainable throughout their life cycle and reduce the impact of plastic waste on the environment.
Bushboard is focusing an extensive merchandising package and training programme at retailers to underscore its pioneering new M-Stone quartz worksurface range that offers on-site installation - and which will enable retailers to effectively target the brand to its full potential at consumers looking for quality, design and value in quartz worksurfaces.
This year Leisure Sinks celebrates its the 80th anniversary. To coincide with this landmark, the company has recruited Phileas Plug to create and curate an exclusive competition for its customer base of installers.
With sleek touch-controls and stunning streamlined looks, this freestanding cooker from the Electrolux inspiration range will create a designer feel in any kitchen.
Aquadi by Symphony is continuing to lead the way in the bathroom furniture market, by becoming the first bathroom furniture supplier to be awarded the FIRA Gold Product Certification.
We are in an age where men's grooming is as important as women's beauty. Dental care with rechargeable toothbrushes is also important to all family members, because of this the bathroom mirror in today's modern home not only has to offer style and design but also functionality.
Research undertaken by leading retail property trade body - the British Council of Shopping Centres, in partnership with Geofutures, shows that retail space in UK town centres is declining almost 20% faster than retail space outside town centres. A pilot undertaken in the South West has shown that town centre retail space contracted by 12% between 2005 and 2010. Over the same period the quantum of retail space outside town centres increased by almost 6%.
The Aqua-Step laminate waterproof laminate flooring range, exclusively available from IDS, has been updated with seven new designs bringing the range to 18 in total with a choice of elegant travertine stones and stylish woodgrains to suit a wide range of interior looks.
Claire Lambert has been promoted from being Brand Manager to an enhanced role as Brand Director for the Showerwall brand.
Following feedback from last year's successful activity, The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has added two new categories for this year's awards programme. The first is a common hypothetical brief for a CAD design entry which enables the judges to take out some of the subjectivity of design - as all entries must be based on this common brief. This has been called The Kitchen Concept Designer Award. The brief is available on the KBSA website.
Fold & Lock Legs, the latest product innovation from LDL Components, will ensure that your cabinet legs will never let you down again.
Which? says: "If you're looking for an excellent induction hob, look no further. It's hard to find anything bad to say about this Whirlpool."
Staff at F & P Wholesale, a leading distributor of heating, plumbing and bathroom products to the independent merchant sector, has proudly announced that its charitable activities raised a total of £18,583 for its nominated benefactor Whizz-Kidz in 2012.
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Unsafe practices on construction sites are to be targeted as part of a national initiative aimed at reducing death, injury and ill health. During a month-long drive to improve standards in one of Britain's most dangerous industries, the Health & Safety Executive will visit sites where refurbishment or repair works are taking place.
In response to the design communities needs, UBM has created the May Design Series to provide a single destination for four of the most important trade exhibitions; kbb LDN, The ARC Show, DX and Interiors LDN, at ExCeL London 19th - 21st May.
Lakes Bathrooms has supplied a shower enclosure to support a family featured in the BBC One series 'DIY SOS: The Big Build', due to air later this year. The enclosure was used as part of a life changing transformation to the home of a family in Spalding, Lincolnshire and is featured in the fifth episode of the 24th series of the flagship DIY television show.
CAD software specialist for the KBB sector, ArtiCAD, announces the availability of several new graphics catalogues for designers using the company's ArtiCAD-Pro software.