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28th January 2021


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John and I have produced this issue of KBzine while also covering an enormous four-day cleaning show in the beautiful city of Amsterdam.

One of the things that has struck me while walking around the halls is that the lines between that industry and this are starting to blur.


We're starting to see more and more self-cleaning loos displayed, which are of  the calibre that one would normally see at a KBB event – i.e. smart rather than ‘municipal’. Perhaps it won't be many years before the majority of us have these in our bathrooms at home – and if the local authorities don't continue to close our public washrooms and sell them off to be turned into housing – we might just see them in 'away from home' washrooms too.

Cleaning toilets can’t be on many people’s bucket list, can it?

Another area where I see a real crossover is in the conservation of this planet's resources – and particularly water. Both industries are working really hard to ensure that we use as little water in our processes as possible.

Further down the page is a thought-provoking piece selling the benefits of the food waste processor. I've spent the week looking at these on a much grander scale and learning about what happens to the waste at the other end of the process. Judging by some of the conversations I've had, it won't be that many years before every new kitchen will have to incorporate water-saving devices and a food waste crusher/disposer of some sort.

I for one don’t think it will be a moment too soon…



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Jan Hobbs



13th May 2016

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