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Blast From The Past: Mangle & Wringer Launch Natural Cleaning Remedies With A History


Back in 1934, quietly going about her business ‘below stairs’, young Bette Smith made a batch of soap in the way her mother had taught her years earlier. Inspired to create something safe and more gentle than the laundry bars in the scullery, Bette went on to make a selection of cleaning pastes, natural stain bars, polishes and window cleaners that eschewed the harsher and more hazardous alternatives of the time.


To celebrate Bette’s innovation, Mangle & Wringer has launched a new range of cleaning products using the same simple, safe and effective remedies created all those years ago. Handmade in the Cotswolds, in exactly the same way, each Mangle & Wringer product is non-toxic, free from fragrance and colour, and uses only food grade ingredients. They all have Bette’s original recipe for cold processed soap at their heart.


Vanessa Willes, Founder of Mangle & Wringer, said: “Lots of us still accept potentially harmful and unpleasant chemicals in our homes and we put up with the dangers they pose to our health and to the environment.


“I feel very lucky to have met Bette; she was inspirational and truly ahead of her time. She realised the


importance of minimising hazardous chemicals in our lives and when she passed on her recipes I felt I had to recreate them.”


The Mangle & Wringer collection includes Kitchen Cleanser, Good for Glass, Spray and Go, Natural Bleach, Pure Laundry Powder and Bathroom Balm, all of which have been developed using the recipes that date back over 70 years.


Vanessa continued: “I love these products because the ingredients are so simple. I firmly believe that we all have a right to know exactly what’s in every product we buy, whether it’s food or drink, skincare or cleaning products. The labels on most chemical cleaners are notoriously vague, but Mangle & Wringer lists all the ingredients clearly so that our customers can make the same choices with their cleaning products as they do with their foods.


“And because they are so safe, you can happily leave them on your kitchen worktop to use when cooking, or put them next to your favourite body oil in the bathroom. If something is this good it’s somehow not a chore to use it when you see it, which is exactly what Bette intended.”


www.mangleandwringer.co.uk New Research And Innovation Partnership


BRE has been selected as the official Research and Innovation Partner of Ecobuild — the world’s largest event for sustainable design, construction and the built-environment, taking place at London’s ExCeL from 4th to 6th March 2014.


The partnership will see BRE conduct a range of research initiatives in the lead up to and during the event, including the launch of the Ecobuild Academic Forum — a research paper assessing the impact of the built


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environment on wellbeing, which will be launched at Ecobuild 2014.


Following research conducted at Ecobuild 2013, revealing that 93% of visitors participated in some form of learning at the event, BRE is working with its global network to help define the highly anticipated content programme at Ecobuild 2014. BRE’s CEO, Dr Peter Bonfield, is already confirmed to tackle the widely debated topic of ‘Nature — market opportunity or legislative burden?’


Alison Jackson, Group Director of Sustainability and Construction at Ecobuild, said: “Our strategic partnership with BRE marks an exciting time for Ecobuild, enabling us to remain at the forefront of knowledge transfer all year round. BRE’s established track record for authoritative, impartial research, combined with Ecobuild’s reputation as a world-class platform for knowledge, debate and discussion will create a unique force for driving change across the sustainable built environment.”


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