WONDERBAG: The cooking revolution that is taking the world by storm

WONDERBAG, the cooking revolution that is taking the world by storm will make its show debut at Grand Designs Live 2012

by Michael Smith (Veshengro)

Grand Designs Live sponsored by Direct Line, the UK’s leading contemporary leading home show, is no stranger to launching and showcasing ground-breaking innovations and eco designs. This year, as host Kevin McCloud returns with the show to London’s Excel on 5-13 May 2012 for its 8th year, visitors will see the debut of the Wonderbag in the show’s Grand Food section – a clever and environmentally friendly alternative to home slow cookers that is causing quite the stir in culinary circles!

decor-wonderbag-1_0 The Wonderbag has only been available online to date so Grand Designs Live 2012 will be the very first place that consumers can see the invention in action and purchase it on the spot!

About the Wonderbag:

Wave goodbye to your space-hogging, electricity-guzzling slow cooker and welcome in Wonderbag, an electricity-free, super-stylish and incredibly cheap alternative which will not only slow cook fantastic tasting food, but is also guaranteed to brighten up any British home.

Add a pop of colour and super sleek design to your kitchen with Wonderbag, an insulated draw-string, fabric bag in which people can cook anything from hearty stews or spicy curries to delicious rice and soups. Unlike conventional slow cookers which are often left plugged in for anything up to 8 hours, when using a Wonderbag you simply bring the food to the boil on the hob and then place the pot directly into the Wonderbag and leave to cook.

Wonderbag’s clever insulating design allows food that has been brought to the boil to finish cooking without using any additional energy. As well as significantly reducing C02 emissions, replacing your traditional slow cooker with a Wonderbag will ultimately help you to leave home without keeping the electricity on.

The beautiful array of stylish, new designs makes the Wonderbag a stunning gift for any food lover or for those who lack the time needed to prepare a healthy, restaurant-quality meal. And for eco-lovers, each Wonderbag used can save the planet a staggering half a ton of CO2 each year.

With a price tag of just £30, it’s the perfect penny-saving alternative to expensive electric slow cookers. For more information on Wonderbag please visit www.nb-wonderbag.com

Get the Wonderbag at Grand Designs Live 2012

The UK’s leading contemporary home show, Grand Designs Live London, sponsored by Direct Line, is hosted by TV’s design guru Kevin McCloud and is the perfect show for consumers who are seeking inspiration and expert advice for everything from home redecoration to renovations or even full scale self-build and eco projects. The show, based on the Channel 4 series, will play host to over 500 exhibiting companies across six dedicated sections: Grand Build sponsored by VELUX, Grand Interiors sponsored by Dulux, Grand Kitchens sponsored by Miele, Grand Bathrooms, Grand Gardens and Grand Technology.

As well as exploring Kevin’s Green Heroes, sponsored by Daikin (Kevin’s very own personal eco innovations exhibition), visitors to the 2012 show can try their hand at sustainable build techniques with workshops and demos on thatching, cobbing and more, get practical hands-on advice as well as fantastic ideas in the Interiors Theatre, and take part in wider debates on topical issues surrounding homes and design with renowned TV & industry experts at the Grand Theatre.


Grand Designs Live London sponsored by Direct Line, runs from Saturday 5th to Sunday 13th May 2012 at ExCeL London. Book tickets in advance and save £4, book online at www.granddesignslive.com, or call the 24 hour box office on 0844 854 1348 + kids 15 and under go free. Call 0844 412 4650 for further details on group discounts.

Natural Balance is a South African social enterprise that trades in carbon and was founded by Sarah Collins. Three years ago Natural Balance launched the Wonderbag, a heat retention cooker which reduces a family’s average fuel usage by up to 30% in developing countries. Significantly, each bag can prevent the emission of half a ton of C02 each year, even if only used 3 times a week. In South Africa, the popularity of the bags has also resulted in the creation of over 1,000 jobs and Natural Balance is looking to increase this number to 7,000.

Since launching in South Africa in 2008 the Wonderbag has been a phenomenal success there, with over 140,000 units sold to date, and a further 5m units about to hit the streets, making South Africa’s first programmatic (PoA) CDM project being registered by the UNFCCC hugely successful. This year, Natural Balance are preparing for their expansion into Europe and now launching for the first time in the UK.

The WONDERBAG is, basically, a new and funkier take on the old traditional Haybox cooking method and much more convenient.

I hope to be able to obtain a sample of this product and then present the readers with a review in due course.

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