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20th January 2020
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When, whilst writing for the cleaning industry, I discovered microfibre, it was marketed as a miracle product. Soon, all types of equipment was manufactured from it - or adapted to incorporate it - and we became convinced that its reusability and ability to clean without chemicals made it kinder to the planet. I hadn't realised that it wasn't just cleaning products which were made from this material, but clothing and throws too... and nor had I realised, that far from being kinder to the planet, the material brought its own problems in as much as the fibres were leaching off in the wash and entering our water systems.
Soon we were encouraged to treat the material gently to reduce this leaching; research suggested that drum spin speed, number of spinning direction changes and length of pauses in the cycle (agitation) was the most important factor. This was overturned by later studies which discovered that delicate wash cycles were more damaging. Later research revealed that the volume of water used, rather than spinning action, was the key factor: the higher the water-volume-to-fabric ratio, the more damaging the process.
Now a new study by the University of Leeds with Proctor & Gamble has found that laundering at 25 degrees C for 30 minutes halves the number of microfibres released compared to an 85 minute, 40-degree cycle. It stops items from fading, too.
Some people think I'm daft when I say we no longer need to separate lights from brights and darks since at 30 degrees colours don't run (there are exceptions, as my red silk blouse proved!) and that it's best economically and environmentally - and personal energy-wise - to wash a full load whenever possible. I also argue that there's no need to boil wash items that have blood on them. A 30-degree wash will do the trick. Putting items in too hot a wash can damage them, causing them to fade, lose their 'stuffing', wear more quickly and lose their shape, often meaning we have to discard them which adds to the landfill problem.
This idea that a 20 degrees wash is even better is all very well, but aren't most washing machines manufactured so that a 30-degree wash is easy to achieve? And aren't most detergents formulated to work best at 30 degrees? While washing at even lower temperatures is better for the environment, surely there comes a time when the environmental costs of the drive to develop such machines and detergents - and have us all start using them, outweighs the benefits achieved?
This Week's News
A new Financial Protection Panel of independent experts and industry representatives has been formed by TrustMark, the Government endorsed quality scheme, to assess the financial protection available to consumers looking to undertake any home improvements, repairs, maintenance or energy efficiencies in or around the home.
As one of the most recognisable brands in the plumbing sector, Saniflo has been based in an office block in South Ruislip in South West London for more than 30 years with separate warehousing and showroom facilities in Bedford. Now, in time for a New Year start, the company has moved to a fantastic new facility in Watford which brings together all the elements of the business under one, much larger roof.
Kim Maretti has been appointed as the new marketing manager for Danish design company Unidrain, inventor of the linear floor drain. Previously at Nilfisk, Kim was responsible for marketing the brand to 16 different markets.
Kim has more than 20 years global marketing experience within the retail and B2B sectors, which enables him to look at the industry from an international perspective. It is this ability and comprehensive outlook that will be most beneficial as he commences his role to market Unidrain; not only at home but in other territories.
Enhancing an already impressive palette, the new 'Noble' colours introduce three metallic shades in bronze, gold & silver, the warm tone of curry provides interest & depth, whilst pearl beige and pink add light, providing the finishing touches for a modern interior be it in the home or office.
Including a comprehensive selection of bathroom essentials, the Accessories range typifies the innovative approach for which HiB is known. Highlights include a toilet roll holder with smart device shelf, removable, easy clean shower baskets and a shower shelf with integrated magnetic squeegee and grab bar.
Ready for a new kitchen in a day? There is a new Trend developing and all you need to know is at granitetransformations.co.uk - Don't start over; makeover. That is the message from Granite & Trend Transformations, with showrooms all over the UK, which means you can transform your kitchen in just one day.
Dust, debris, disruption, delay, wasted units destined for landfill; no longer a challenge!
Caple's Frampton model now comes in a beautiful new finish, antique brass, for an elegant style statement in the wet zone. Durability is still key for this design as the tap has been designed in solid stainless steel, however the muted tone of brass makes this the perfect choice for a classic in-frame or painted kitchen.
A black grid hinged door with 10mm glass thickness is the newest addition to Roman’s Liberty Black Grid collection. The door, which features a silicone free matt black wall profile and the ceramic printed glass, replicates the on-trend black grid latticed style which encapsulates industrial chic with an elegant twist.
Whether it's a low maintenance design for family living, a contemporary look for first-time buyers or a seamless, fuss-free finish for compact spaces, the Arcos Supermat range from Schmidt is the perfect choice for all homeowners.
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In the wake of the recent election result which saw the Conservatives gain a large majority in the House of Commons, prime minister Boris Johnson has again promised to deliver Brexit and in his words, "get Brexit done". Remaining in the EU is not foreseeable currently and so businesses should start making Brexit plans to ensure they are prepared.