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1st November 2013
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2014 will herald more colour while still respecting the grey, earthy tones which have proved so popular in 2013. Exciting vibrant colours, such as petrol blues and ruby reds, will bring personality into the kitchen. Used alone or mixed with neutral cream or grey tones for islands or a one-wall line, colourful units will be seen everywhere, for every budget.
At an event in the House of Lords on Tuesday, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson received the first report from Grown in Britain, an initiative created six months ago with a mission to kick start a sustainable future for the UKs forests and woodland.
Certain members of the press have picked up on the news that the European Commission is to adopt criteria on delivering an Ecolabel to toilets and urinals and have used it to slate the EU, grouping it with such daft decisions as specifying the maximum curve of a cucumber or the fiasco over ‘deadly’ oil jugs and dipping bowls on restaurant tables. They are saying the exercise is a waste of taxpayers’ money.
Now regular readers of my leaders will be aware of my hatred of the expensive interference of the EU in areas of our daily lives in which it really has no business becoming involved, but in this case I am in support of the initiative and if the press wants our support in withdrawing from the EU it needs to be reasonable and it needs to get its facts right.
The Ecolabel initiative is not new legislation – it simply offers a unified way of showing consumers and professional buyers just which companies are genuinely producing sustainable products and which are merely taking their seats on the green bandwagon. It’s something individual companies will request – not another EU demand.
None of the articles I’ve read have mentioned the thinking behind this particular Ecolabel – the fact that our water reserves are seriously depleted and that any toilets and urinals carrying the Ecolabel will be helping to redress the situation by reducing the amount of water needed to flush away our waste.
None of them have admitted that if our toilets and urinals waste less water and perhaps use grey water rather than drinking water, it will save us money on our water bills and keep our food costs down – as food manufacture requires a lot of water!
A reader commenting on one such article has suggested that with even just 10% of toilets and urinals carrying the Ecolabel, there could potentially be an average of 105 million m³/year annual water savings in Europe. Maths was never my strong point but I understand that if you translate this into costs, it offers savings in water costs of Euros 298.2 million/year or savings in water plus sewage costs of Euros 388.5 million/year.
That’s an awful lot of money which, perhaps, even the EU could put to good use…
This Week's News
Leisure Sinks has announced that Jonathan Horner has won the company's 80th anniversary Big Plug Competition, which required entrants to submit photos of sink plugs in unusual, water-based locations.
They got a roasting yesterday and our energy suppliers are under a lot of scrutiny. Quite right too. Energy bills are on everyone's mind and we are all looking at ways to keep our costs down.
Designed and made in the UK using the finest quality British glass, the newly relaunched Impact Glass collection offers an extensive portfolio of wall tiles, splashbacks and accessories, all created to provide maximum impact when it comes to creating kitchen or bathroom design schemes.
Bushboard's Encore solid surface had a starring role recently in an episode of 'Double Your House for Half the Money' featuring Sarah Beeny on Channel 4.
With their graceful design, the new cityplus taps are sleek and contemporary, with a pure, flat design and horizontal proportions that make them perfect for urban living.
The British Safety Council welcomed the improvements in Great Britain's health & safety performance published by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) yesterday in its annual statistics report.
LDL Components is delighted to unveil the new 2013 collection of contemporary, design-led handles from Furnipart, the leading Danish manufacturer. Available exclusively through LDL, the new range continues the 'The Star on Your Furniture' theme and is entitled Bright, Shiny New Stars. According to Furnipart, the focus is on long, slim aluminium handles elegantly integrated into the full length of the front of the door or drawer and on simple handles or knobs for furniture.
The new collection features 18 stunning designs in a variety of materials including brushed nickel, polished chrome and wood.
Ed: This reader wrote in response to my recent leader, in which I confessed to what many others might consider a regular disregard of my personal safety, in order to 'get the job done'. I felt I ought to allow him to remain anonymous as he's still working in the industry and I didn't want to cause him any problems! I've seen this particular practice so often myself...
Jan, Regarding your recent leader, all I can say is, yes me too, I do things like that, I will not be ruled, I think, foolishly.
Anyway I have done a load of daft things during my time, working in distribution as a Transport Manager for a well known electrical retailer. Time and again the warehousemen would, when removing palletised goods from the racking bays, say 40 or 50 feet high, if they bumped the racking beam above and knocked one side out, I would get the call to fix.
As part of this season's launch of new bathroom products from Ellis Furniture, the popular Hydra range has welcomed the addition of two new door finishes: Chocolate Grey and Cirrus, both of which offer a warm and welcoming finish to any bathroom.
Vanessa Brady, President of the Society of British & International Design, won the Built Environment Category for the 2013 Women in the City Woman of Achievement Award (endorsed by RIBA and WiBSE), announced at the celebration evening hosted by Bryan Cave, last Thursday.
Smith's Environmental Products has a great solution for kitchens with limited wall space, Space Saver. Fitting neatly into the plinth of a kitchen unit, Space Saver eliminates the need for conventional radiators, as the before and after pics show.
This neat appliance has great benefits for retailers:
As part of Astracast's expansion plans, the company has appointed Rob Hassell to the position of Business Development Director.
The new Windsor tap from Carron Phoenix is bang on the continued trend for heritage styling, combining a traditional swan neck spout with quarter-turn lever handles with crisp white ceramic effect casings.
Following the launch of its in-house dedicated Product Design & Development Department, Sensio is excited to introduce its first designer, Leeds University graduate Darcey Wood, who began working for the company in September.
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