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22nd November 2013
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On Wednesday 6th November, FagorBrandt (France) took the decision to place the French part of the Fagor Group under the protection of the French legal system. Consequently, it has filed an application for insolvency in the Nanterre Commercial Court. This decision, which legally separates the activities of FagorBrandt (France) from Fagor Electrodomesticos (Spain) should allow the French business to continue to trade whilst endeavouring to safeguard jobs, together with the interests of its suppliers and partners.
Those of us that have access to decent toilets apparently spend, on average, three years of our lives ‘on the loo’. Toilets are one of the most basic human rights, yet one in three of the world's population doesn't have access to a clean, safe and private toilet.
For the first time this year, World Toilet Day, which was on 19th November, has been recognised as an official day by the United Nations and with the weight of such an important body behind the drive to make decent toilets and clean water available to us all, things might start to improve more quickly. It is unacceptable that each year, some 60 million children are born into homes without adequate sanitation and some 700,000 children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation. And although organisations such as WaterAid have been making an enormous difference, more resources are always needed, so I’m delighted that the United Nations is now on board.
To coincide with World Toilet Day and no doubt draw a contrast between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’, my friends at Better Bathrooms have compiled a list of what they feel are the 10 most unusual loos around the world. I’m talking things like the safest (bulletproof), the most isolated (reach it by ski lift only), the one built for extreme conditions which doesn’t use water or chemicals but relies on worms for composting, the most spacious (it’s normal-sized but has glass walls and is set in large gardens so users feel as if they’re in the open air – not sure about that one…), the artiest, the most luxurious, the most innovative, the most expensive to build, the most Victorian…
Don’t miss the item below and do make sure you click through to the infographic to see the toilets in all their glory – some of them are simply incredible!
This Week's News
To coincide with World Toilet Day on Tuesday of this week, Better Bathrooms compiled a list of what the staff feel are the 10 most unusual loos around the world and as well as being unusual they're all currently completely free of charge to use. At 15,190 feet above sea level, Saint-Gervaise-Les-Bains on Mont Blanc has specially designed toilets for use in extreme conditions. These 'dry' toilets are waterless and chemical-free, instead utilising a worm-composting system to deal with the waste.
Abacus Direct won the silver award for the best bathroom product at the October 2013 House Beautiful Awards. The awards ceremony was held at London's Science Museum.
In the last month, the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has welcomed on board two new retail members - Dream Bedroom & Kitchen Designs and Hurford & Tebbutt.
Topps Tiles has been recognised for excellence in businesses that employ apprentices after being named as one of the country's Top 100 Apprentice Employers 2013, by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with City & Guilds.
The list was announced last week at the National Apprenticeship Awards, in Birmingham.
Abode creates both beautiful and practical taps that deliver elegance and innovation in equal measure - its kitchen mixertaps are created for customers who desire the perfect design, performance and quality in their homes - without an enormous price tag - and this latest offering has something extra special in terms of safety by indicating water temperature.
Ideal for smaller spaces; such as under the stairs or in a new ens uite tucked into an existing bedroom, the new Bauhaus Ultra Slim is also ideal for bathrooms with restricted wall cavities.
Premium kitchen appliance specialist Britannia Living has promoted sales & marketing director Chris Honer to the role of managing director. After working for the company for the last 18 months, Chris is delighted with the promotion and is looking forward to driving the challenges ahead.
Available and in stock now, this stunning, streamlined, single piece basin from Britton Bathrooms is a brand new addition to the Curve range of bathroom ware. The modern, vitreous china, freestanding basin and pedestal combination joins one of the most comprehensive ranges of sanitary ware.
Renowned UK appliance manufacturer, Belling, has added to its collection of built-in hobs with the addition of 77cm ceramic hob with touch control.
Surface materials distributor IDS has introduced its very first range of kitchen taps from renowned European brand Grohe. The new product line complements IDS's extensive worktop offer in laminate, solid surface, solid wood and quartz to its trade customers and provides them with an easy-purchase solution of quality branded taps.
A survey of the private rental market, by popular shower and tapware brand Methven, has revealed that poor quality fixtures and fittings are the biggest rental bugbear for tenants - and can cause them to leave their properties early.
For a limited period only while stocks last, leading distributor LDL Components is offering special promotional sets of LED lighting from its Linea range. Offering the ideal opportunity to upgrade to highly efficient LED energy saving lighting, the promotion focuses on the popular 24V LED downlights, available in square, round or triangular format.
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Hoover has announced that it has acquired Baumatic UK. Baumatic will be joining a successful portfolio of brands which are marketed by Hoover, including Candy and Rosières.
Specialists from the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association were on hand to dispense expert advice at this year's Grand Designs Live event, enjoying another very busy and very successful exhibition.
Whether you're a cynic or a supporter, whether you like it or not, labelling for water-using products is here to stay. And that's a fact so you'd better get used to it.
Latest estimates suggest that Europe is heading towards a drought and it will run dry in 2050.
Food waste disposal expert InSinkErator, has this week expressed its support of new research from the Waste & Resources Action Programme, indicating a reduction in household food waste.