Garden unique: Join this innovative design contest!

Are you into design? Shapes and colours are your passion? You are creative and you like to give mundane things a distinctive look or an exclusive touch? Then you should participate in this garden unique design contest.

With this innovative contest, garden unique wishes to present new, innovative concepts to the trade fair exhibitors and visitors on the theme of premium outdoor items in 2012. The exhibition area of the design contest is a real magnet for garden unique and underlines the innovative focus of the event. From furniture that can be conveniently moved around and transported, to a sunshade for a picnic with family or friends, down to an outdoor kitchen, seating or shade for the professional and exclusive catering needs of a larger group. Show how your design and the occasion come together to create a unique experience!

garden unique is the its premium area for outdoor furniture and thus a vital part of spoga+gafa, the world’s leading trade fair for the garden industry. spoga+gafa is an annual trade fair that takes place in late summer. This year’s dates are 2 to 4 September 2012.

Participating in the contest is definitely worth the efforts. An expert jury will award three winners, with the first place winning 3.000 Euros – and even the sixteenth place will still be awarded with 250 Euros. Moreover, it will even be possible to admire the jury winners’ work in the form of prototypes.

More information about the contest and how to participate is on: gardenunique.de

Stricter controls on pest control products

“Biocides” – ranging from rat poisons to wood preservatives – will be subject to tougher safety checks, following a European Parliament vote on Thursday, January 17, 2012. The updated rules aim to better protect human health and the environment, while streamlining the marketing approval process.

Council, which has already provisionally agreed to the new legislation, must give a formal green light for it to enter into force.

Furniture

The updated legislation closes a loophole so that treated products – such as furniture sprayed with fungicide or anti-bacterial kitchen worktops – will be included under the rules and labelled. Agricultural pesticides will continue to be covered by other EU legislation.

Restricting harmful substances

The most problematic substances – such as those that are carcinogenic, affect genes or hormones or are toxic to reproduction – should in principle be banned. Exceptions should only be made in Member States where strictly necessary, for example if a biocide is needed to safeguard against a specific danger to health. Approvals and renewals will be time-limited, while safer alternatives are developed.

Concerned about possible risks of nanotechnology, MEPs secured separate safety checks and labelling for products containing nano-sized materials.

Opening up the market

The new legislation further harmonises the EU market for biocidal products and sets deadlines for applications to be assessed. The recognition of approvals among Member States will be improved and the possibility to apply for authorisation at EU level will be phased in from 2013, becoming possible for most biocidal products by 2020.

Source: europarl.europa.eu