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25th November 2019
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As you’re reading KBzine I can probably safely assume that you’re one of the lucky ones who can access a decent toilet when you need to and wash your hands afterwards. Sadly, more than four billion people aren’t as lucky and have to put up with the most appalling unsanitary conditions, with some not only unable to use a toilet but also having to source drinking water from a contaminated supply. I was about to say that it doesn’t bear thinking about, but of course it does and on November 19th each year - World Toilet Day - we do tend to think of those whose needs aren’t being met.
There’s a story below about how Saniflo is helping kit out refrigerated trucks that are no longer used for transport, with bathroom facilities so that they can be used to accommodate the homeless. That’s a wonderful gesture and I’m hoping that many more companies will use their resources in future to help those in need lead more comfortable lives. Not that I’m advocating the use of trucks as homes, of course… we really should be doing better, shouldn’t we?
Did you hear about the young girl who was hospitalised with constipation after her school removed the toilet tissue from the cubicles? Pupils were told to guess how much they might need and take just that amount with them into the cubicle, from the dispenser in the main washroom area. This left them too afraid to go to the toilet in case they ran out of tissue and – I understand – caused soiling problems amongst some. It reminded me of my early skiing trips to Eastern Europe when toilet attendants would hand out a few sheets for a small charge to those entering the washroom, which was pretty degrading for those of us not used to the concept… But we always had our own stash anyway - as, no doubt, will the pupils at this particular school before long. The headteacher has defended the move, saying it was to prevent blockages. I think it’s going to have the opposite effect and that the school will discover fairly early on that this type of controlled usage will create greater waste and more blockages, as children take more sheets than they need, ‘just in case. Then of course there’s the wasted water as they try to flush it all away. Sometimes people don’t think things through, do they?
This Week's News
Annual World Toilet Day may spawn many jokes and can be a haven of comedy for all of us that take sanitation for granted. But behind the hilarity is a serious initiative that we all should all aspire to support.
Celebrated on 19th November every year, World Toilet Day is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and help achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, which promises sanitation for all by 2030.
The Königstone ethos is helping homeowners feel at home by creating the perfect surface. The fantastic portfolio of worktops keep homes up-to-date with the latest modern trends with a range of colours and textures, including the Calacatta worktop.
The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation has confirmed that online retailer Worktop Express has become a corporate sponsor this month, joining a growing number of high profile manufacturers who support the organisation.
After the launch of the brand back in 2013, new to the UK market for 2019 Wooothy (composed from two words Wood and Dorothy - English for Doroteja, founder and CEO of the brand) has continued to go above and beyond both in cutting edge design and quality craftsmanship.
Blanco UK is entering a new era with its innovative range of kitchen Smart Taps which is geared towards highly specific uses within the kitchen; each is designed to solve an everyday problem.
Hilco Capital, which backed a management buyout of Moores in 2017 and as a result saved some 500 jobs, has been awarded the Turnaround of the Year Award 2019 at the Turnaround, Restructuring & Insolvency Awards held in London recently.
Climate change is a still a hot, if controversial, topic. It will continue to be prevalent in all walks of life, from business to personal. So how can kitchen and bathroom distributors improve not only their green policies but their impact on the environment?
For many years, gas hobs have been favoured by both home and professional chefs but increasing concerns over the impact of fossil fuel and the impact on climate change is turning attention to induction cooking. For forward thinking consumers with traditional values, a combination of the much-loved range cooker with the undeniable benefits of the induction hob, is an increasingly appealing proposition.
Caple has introduced a beautiful new kitchen collection, called Lyde, for the modern home. Featuring a distinctive matt finish, the colours in this collection look ultra-smooth and solid.
In 2012, the Plumbing and Heating division of Travis Perkins set out to raise vital funds for Teenage Cancer Trust. To date they have raised a massive £2.3 million, over an eight-year partnership, and this week signed to support the children's charity for another year.
Nine years ago, Shneor Crombie (35), CEO of Bobtrade.com, moved back to London where his family was originally from. "For years, it had been my dream to move and live in this amazing city: London," he says.
Bobtrade.com is the new online building supplies marketplace, currently taking the construction industry by storm. Headed up by CEO Shneor, Bobtrade is revolutionising the sector by connecting builders and merchants across the UK to deliver a more efficient way of buying and selling building materials.
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"We are delighted to have announced the date for 2020 so early," says KBSA chair Richard Hibbert. "The 2019 event was fully booked, with attendance up 30% on the previous year, so we are urging members to save the date and book early, as soon as tickets go on sale."
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