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2nd September 2019
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Featuring an insulated spout, it offers all the benefits in terms of time, energy and space of a hot tap, with no need for optional extras, delivering deliciously pure cold, warm and instant boiling water from a single mixer tap which oozes engineering quality.
WiFi-connected washing machines can be controlled and monitored through the Hoover Wizard App, which provides access to additional washing programmes, maintenance advice and the user manual.
Welcome to our first issue of KBzine following our Summer break, during which I've braved what appear to have been most of the UK's seasons whilst pitching my tent at one festival after another, at which I get to try out a myriad of compost loos and see some unusual toilet roll holders. I'm still of the opinion that every home with a garden large enough, should have a compost loo, as they save water and don't smell.
I'm always pleased to see at these festivals (which are no-drink, no drug events at which we really do 'leave no trace' - unlike Glastonbury and the like!) how everyone strives to conserve water. Scourers dripped with hot water and washing up liquid wash plates, utensils etc. Suds and debris are then blasted away with clean water from a spray bottle. After loo visits, hands are cleaned with sanitiser and if you want to rinse, you need to use your own waterbottle, so are aware of how much you're pouring.
Showers are always interesting and my favourites are those where water is heated in a metal tank over a wood fire. You're given a bucket of hot water which has a pipe with a showerhead coming from the bottom and you hang the bucket on a hook at the top of your teepee. You can regulate flow and switch on and off when you need the water for wetting and rinsing. As someone who stands under the shower for far too long at home, this reminds me of what can be achieved when you have just one bucket of water knowing that when it's gone there's no more to be had! This system even runs a sauna, as my picture, from some years back before it was all upgraded and expanded, shows.
I don't have a water meter at home but know that the only time I waste water is when I'm under that shower. I'm thinking that if I had a meter attached to the shower, which indicated how much water I was using - with, perhaps, a device that would turn the tap off once I'd used a pre-set amount, I'd make far more efficient use of my time and resources. Now we're finally becoming more aware of our need to conserve this precious resource, perhaps this type of device could eventually become a good seller, don't you think?
This Week's News
AMA Research's latest 'Kitchen Furniture Market Report' reveals that the total UK domestic furniture market has shown steady growth in the last five years.
Königstone, renowned for durable, high-quality worktops, has added a new colour to the popular Königquartz portfolio: Monaco. The pale grey shade incorporates a marble-like effect with a natural-looking grain to create a unique and stylish surface.
The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has welcomed calls by the Prime Minister to sell more UK bathroom products in the US. At the G7 summit, PM Boris Johnson appealed to President Trump to remove US trade barriers on products such as shower trays.
Incoming BMA chief executive, Tom Reynolds says of the PM's comments:
Packed with stunning design inspiration and easy-to-follow technical information, VitrA's three new brochures show the company's extensive range of sanitaryware, furniture, bathtubs, brassware and accessories in three distinct groups; the Designer Collection, the Signature Collection and the Bathroom Collection.
Roca began life in 1917 as a manufacturer of cast iron radiators at its factory in Gavà, near Barcelona. From humble origins, the company has grown into a global business driven by a firm focus on improving the quality of life for its customers.
Design professionals and consumers looking for beautiful bathroom ideas will find a wealth of inspiration in the new 52-page Nuance brochure from Bushboard.
"Seeing is believing," explains Holly Turnbull, marketing communications manager worktops.
LDL Components, the largest Blum distributor in the UK, is launching Spacetember on 1st September, a month-long collaborative promotion between LDL and Blum to launch Space Tower Slim, its latest new product innovation.
The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has boosted membership with a new member and a returning member. Certification and approvals specialists In Compliance has joined the association and sanitary equipment specialist Wirquin rejoins the Association.
The German company In Compliance GmbH offers technical consultancy to worldwide certification and approval requirements for sanitary fittings and components.
Innovative shower brand Aqualisa has launched Mian, a striking new range of dual control mixer valves adding to its existing specification collection. Designed to focus on form, style and function, the Aqualisa Mian blends clean lines, modern aesthetics and compact shaping, creating an overall feel of quality.
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