Limbo: the dirt-powered robot vacuum cleaner

13th of May 2013
Limbo: the dirt-powered robot vacuum cleaner

A robot cleaner that uses power generated by the dirt it is there to remove was demonstrated at a recent exhibition in Chicago.

The Limbo vacuum cleaner powers itself by generating electricity from degraded organic matter - or in other words, dirt.

The Limbo was unveiled by housewares firm Casabella to mark the company's 25th anniversary. It

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Unemployment soars in Europe

10th of May 2013
Unemployment soars in Europe

Latest unemployment rates released by Eurostat show the eurozone has now reached the 12 per cent mark. This compares to 10.9 per cent a year ago, and recent figures of 7.7 per cent in the USA and 4.2 per cent in Japan.

For the EU 27 the rate is 10.9 per cent, slightly higher than the 10.2 per cent of February 2012.
The number of people seeking

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Kärcher and Sanoserv win in Golden Broom

9th of May 2013
Kärcher and Sanoserv win in Golden Broom

A sweeper from Kärcher and no-touch disinfection system from Sanoserv have been named winners of the Golden Broom Innovation Awards, which were presented during the ISSA/iNTERCLEAN Central & Eastern Europe (CEE) in Warsaw recently.

TheKM 105/100 R from Kärcher is a compact ride-on sweeper featuring an automatic filter cleaning

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Air passenger detained for ‘unflushed toilet’

8th of May 2013
Air passenger detained for ‘unflushed toilet’

An air passenger claims he was detained on a flight after a cabin crew member accused him of not flushing the toilet.

Salvatore Bevivino is suing Virgin America for $US 500,000 in damages over the incident, which he says left him humiliated.

He alleges it all started when he pushed the call button mid-flight and asked for a drink. A male flight

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Healthy into the future

7th of May 2013
Healthy into the future

Markus Asch, vice chairman of the management board at cleaning equipment manufacturer Kärcher and president of EUnited Cleaning, writes his latest blog for the ECJ website. He examines the part cleanliness has to play in health and wellbeing and asks how the industry can maximise the associated opportunities.

Read it here

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Mitie renames cleaning business Environmental +

3rd of May 2013
Mitie renames cleaning business Environmental +

MITIE, one of the UK’s largest building services companies, has changed the name of its cleaning and environmental business to Environmental +.

The Environmental + business provides cleaning, pest control, landscaping, waste recycling and winter gritting. It has over 32,000 employees.

The new name, MITIE says, reflects its integrated

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