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20th December 2013
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Tina is a worthy winner as not only did she share details of the event she is running in the showroom on Saturday with the KBSA but her business was also profiled on the Small Business Saturday Facebook page www.facebook.com, which has 8,409 likes!
Those that celebrate Christmas but use it as an excuse for commercialism and excess are likely to be inflicting heavy use on their credit or debit cards over the next few days. I wonder though, whether the news this week that our insatiable desire for electrical and electronic goods produced a frightening 48.9 million tonnes of e-waste globally last year, might make them think twice?
The volume of this waste is rising dramatically. The UK apparently throws out around £762million worth of electrical and electronic gadgets each year. It produced 1.3million tonnes of this waste in 2012, but the UN predicts that this will rise by a third by 2017.
However, the UK’s not the biggest culprit. An interesting analogy comes with the report on Qatar, which produced 1.1million tonnes of e-waste last year – working out at 139lbs per person. This is the equivalent of 11 times the weight of the Pyramid of Giza or 200 Empire State Buildings!
The Solving the E-Waste Problem (StEP) Initiative - a partnership of UN organisations, industry, governments, non-government and science organisations, has produced an interesting interactive map at http://www.step-initiative.org/index.php/WorldMap.html which compares the amount of e-waste produced by 184 countries (that’s almost as many as Cleanzine goes to!).
If you’re thinking of spending out on electrical and electronic gadgets for a friend or loved one for Christmas, take a look at the map first. On a personal level it might save you some money, but on a global level (if everyone takes note) it could make a real difference to those landfill sites if everyone giving gifts uses what they’ve learned to persuade the recipients to dispose responsibly of unwanted gadgets…
Have a happy and safe Christmas and New Year – and look out for our next issue of KBzine, which will be with you on 10th January.
This Week's News
The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association tells us that, having analysed the results of its recent research project, it is going to work towards repositioning itself in order to develop consumer interest and awareness. This will include new messaging and a new value proposition for both consumers and current / potential members.
As a manufacturer of innovative solutions that shape the future of bathroom design, Laufen was chosen by Purpose Design for inclusion in the Sleep Concept Hotel at the recent Sleep London event.
The Renolit 3D stock range new introductions in 2013 included a number of stunning new solid colours and such has been the success of the range that further colours have now been introduced.
A staggering 15% of companies have a website without e-commerce, yet these same companies have a catalogue to drive sales, according to a new report.
One of the company's fastest growing collections to date, the fabulous HD range now includes new concrete and wood-effect tiles, together with imitation marble and sandstone in a range of colours from emerald green through to terracotta.
Galaxy Showers has announced plans to refresh its brand image and streamline its product portfolio to better suit the needs of its customers. The decision for this change came about following extensive consumer research into the showering market and will open new opportunities for Galaxy in a range of sectors.
Glen Dimplex Home Appliances, the parent company of Stoves, Belling, New World and Lec, has beaten suppliers from across Europe to be named White Goods Supplier of the Year at this year's CIH Awards.
The popular Vessini range by Abacus Direct, from which the designer, retailer or installer, can create the ultimate bathing solution, has been enhanced to answer the demand from today's designers, installers and housebuilders.
The stunning products in the mid/top range portfolio include shower screens, brassware, sanitaryware, baths and furniture and all boast technical excellence and cutting edge design.
Amica kick starts Christmas and New Year with a new brochure App for both android via Google Store and all IOS devices via the iTunes store.
Well, it's not actually a 'most wanted' poster but six brave chaps from Utopia Bathroom Group who grew moustaches in November as part of the Movember fund-raising campaign. Fearlessly shrugging off the hilarity and horror of their partners, friends and colleagues, the members of the Utopia team raised well over £1,000 for this international charity which supports a number of key men's health issues.
Ian Railton has been promoted to General Manager, Northern Europe, and is responsible for the Nordics, UK and Ireland. Ian is now based in Stockholm, Sweden.
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The latest report on the UK Bathroom Retailers Market has now been published.
You can never have too many Daves - we know that's true because at Utopia they have got 12 of them! This unusual fact has prompted the team to celebrate its Daves and Christmas together with its new festive Facebook campaign, 'The 12 Daves of Christmas'.
Van users are being advised not to follow outdated advice on winter driving. Steve Clarke says: "There is a long-held view that reducing tyre pressures will increase grip on awkward surfaces. This might be all right for driving over desert sand, but it is certainly not safe for winter driving." As marketing manager for The Fuelcard People, part of Fuel Card Group, he has been working with van users for years and knows the challenges they face.
New home registration statistics for the UK, released today by NHBC, show that the number of new homes being registered continues to improve on last year's figures with an overall 24% increase for the rolling quarter August to October compared to the same period in 2012.
The Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group, a subsidiary of the kitchen & bathroom buying group in Europe, DER KREIS, supports the UK's first 'Small Business Saturday' that takes place on 7th December 2013.
More in Store is the major new campaign being launched by Franke on January 1st and continues Franke's strategy to directly support its independent specialist retailers.
The campaign follows on from the recent introduction of new sales and distribution policies designed to uphold the values of the Franke brand and protect retailers from unregulated internet trading by 'market free-riders.'