Happy Campervan

There is good news for the camping market with record number of happy campers chasing their dream of owning a campervan since the start of lockdown.  Enquiries at record high with over 500 a week, this shows no sign of letting up.  With staycations now the most popular form of getting away the immediate future is bright for the campervan.

So how can we help, what has a humble hot water bottle got to do this?  Simply put the great British weather is highly unpredictable, go north and you can get spring, summer, autumn and winter weather all in a single day.  Go south and sudden sharp downpours are not uncommon.  Best get prepared for whatever the great British weather can throw at you and just enjoy it all but in comfort.  So this is our top 3 camping sellers:

Campervan Hot Water Bottle

This campervan hot water bottle cover in luxury anti-pill cream fleece has an iconic embroidered campervan logo in classic Neptune blue with a splitty window.  I’m reliably informed the splitty window is the Holy Grail in campervans.  If you have your own hot water bottle that’s great but if not you’ll need one to go with it.  There are 2 options, either go for latex allergy free or old school traditional:

Fashy Red Single Rib Hot water Bottle

This hot water bottle is bottle made from latex allergy free PVC, odourless and rubber-free, ideal for anyone with a latex allergy or if you are not keen on the smell of rubber.   Ribbed on one side with a cross hatch pattern on the reverse giving the best of both worlds.   Ribbed side gently releases diffused natural heat and when needed turn over to the plain side for increased warmth that will last for hours.   This Fashy bottle also has a jointless neck for added strength and a much wider neck opening making it easier to pour and help to prevent spills.

Or take the traditional route and go for tried and tested latex bottle:

Classic Rubber Hot Water Bottle

Natural rubber with ribbing on both front and back, this traditional rubber bottle is part of our classic old school ranges, even the stopper has a rubber seal.   Using traditional rubber with ribbing on both sides gives diffused natural warmth that lasts for hours, heats up quickly for instant warmth.

Buying a hot water bottle is the easy part, buying a campervan not so easy, still some newspapers are now giving them away as prizes in competitions and somebody has to win, it could be you!!

My Favourite Hot Water Bottle

There is a sadness to having to say goodbye to your trusted old hot water bottle especially if it’s been with you for years.  Here at Love Hot Water Bottles we get emails all the time asking us to help find the identical bottle or replacement stopper and we even had a request for a puncture repair kit.

Puss in Boots from 1990

It’s not that we don’t want to keep that identical replacement in stock all the time, we would if rubber was not a perishable item.  That favourite bottle may be quite a few years old, we’ve had requests for bottles from 1996 manufacture, I know time flies but over 20 years between bottles is pushing your luck.

The safety British Standard is regularly updated from BS1970:2006 to latest BS1790:2012, the 1970 is not the year, it’s just the allocated number, the 2012 reference is the last year it was updated.  Your favourite old bottle may be made on or before 2006 and already years out of date.  Reputable manufactures will apply the latest British Standard which makes it even harder to find your old favourite bottle as nobody wants to be selling old British Standard.

It has always been a good gift to give and receive, so we know that a hot water bottle gifted from a loved one can be hard to bin but they wear out, often from the inside out so may look OK but inside are shedding layers.

Ski bottle from 2012

There is no nice way to put this but that old favourite bottle is probably years out of production, going soft inside and potentially dangerous. Be brave, see the positive and look forward to a newer, brighter and more secure bottle.  Production techniques improve all the time, colours are more vibrant, fabrics wash and wear better and many stoppers are now patented for added protection.  

Treat yourself, there is so much more choice today.

Back to Basics

Back to Nature

The current trend to grow your own veg, knit, sew, bake is taking us all to days before convenience foods and fast fashion clothes that had been worn once and binned.

Cooking from scratch, or for those who are been around long enough will remember it used to be called cooking.  There was no scratch to it, even some ready mix recipes could be called plain old cooking.

Growing vegetables was dependant on having access to a patch of land, allotment, back garden or raised beds.  Even if it was only some herbs or single crop many had something they could readily grow, even in a clay pot on the windowsill, it was always and still is possible.

Clothes had been expensive, fast fashion with cheap nylon fabrics and sweat shop imports have artificially changed the landscape.  A decent pair of trousers that would last for years and cost a few days wages now cost a couple hours of wages and last a few months before fading, snagging or losing its shape before ending up in landfill.

On the plus side there is a growing trend for things that served us well for many years and now finding new younger users.  Thankfully the good old fashion hot water bottle is one of the survivors in this modern digital age.  We all know just how comforting they are to use but it’s often forgotten just how economical and green they are.  Rather than switching the central heating boiler on a day when there is just a chill in the air it makes more sense to have a hot water bottle on your lap or take one to bed and keep the boiler off saving energy.

Back to basics is a good way to reconnect with the things that actually work and work well, it’s why the humble hot water bottle is still here today.  Those that tried electric blankets in the 70’s and 80’s will know just how stifling they can be, the heat is from top to toe, many swelter in an artificial tropical climate under the sheets, what we really need is just our feet kept warm or a warm bottle to snuggle up to.  It’s why the market today is growing in choice, there are the new long ones, latex allergy free types, foot warmers (yes it actually has a bottle inside), neck warmers and of course we all love our rubber hot water bottle.

Back to Basics

This latest COVID-19 epidemic has amplified and accelerated the back to basics journey, with shopping trips off the cards and less places to visit we are turning our homes into a sanctuary.  Home comforts, cooking (forget the scratch) it’s still just plain old cooking, sewing, gardening if you are able, we’re making our home right for us to live well and for many that home now includes the humble hot water bottle.

Joy of Made in Britain

Made in Britain, surely all hot water bottle covers are from China these days? Well no, here at LoveHotWaterBottles we support British manufacturing not just because it is a good thing to do but also because we get fast quality production on fashion materials. We all understand that not everything can be manufactured in the UK and some goods are better made where the raw material is harvested saving on air miles. In today’s socially aware society there can be some hidden benefits from bringing manufacturing back to UK. Not counting the benefit of speed of light production lead times and shorter production runs which offer a huge advantage there is the benefit of support to local community. Our manufacturing partners not only employ local skilled workers but buy materials locally, they support other local trades with maintenance, machinery, office support and of course pay rates and taxes that directly support national and local projects.

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Donated Off Cuts Make Great Quilts for Children Hospitals

One area often not seen is how local charities gain from UK manufacturing, it’s not just about money but raw materials that provide a great deal of pleasure and reward for charity groups. One such group scoops up left over material from hot water bottle covers and turns them into beautifully made quilts. The quilts are donated to children’s hospitals, each quilt is individual so mums can easily identify their baby. The material used are remnants, odds and ends and end of line, all good quality that would otherwise end up in landfill, but here locally we have the support group to make good use of this regular free material. The range of fabric changes each hot water bottle season to bring ranges up to date with latest fashion trends, this means a constant flow of new fabric making these quilts unique each and every year. It brings joy to everyone in the chain, Made in Britain is not just about bringing skills back to UK it’s also about sharing with local community.