Every year the Australian International Design Awards reward companies that differentiate their products and services through design. From consumer to medical, transport to architecture, the awards stretch far in the search for top design. This year sustainably-orientated products received their own distinct accolade, with Electrolux’s UltraSilencer Green cleaner receiving the top sustainability nod.
The vacuum cleaner is made from 55 percent recycled plastics and makes use of post consumer waste and saving virgin oil and water used to manufacture raw plastics. It’s packaging is made from 100 percent recycled cardboard and 92 percent of the cleaner can be recycled at the end of its life.
In the energy efficiency stakes, the vacuum cleaner has a 35 percent more efficient engine than the average 2000W vacuum cleaner and it’s also very quiet, emitting a record low noise level of 68 dB(A) —regular vacuum cleaners produce about 80 dB(A) of noise.
"Addressing its biggest life cycle impacts of energy consumption, materials use and embodied energy, this product is 35 percent more efficient and uses 55 percent recycled plastic in its manufacture. But its quietness will be what wins the hearts of parents with young children," the judges commented.
To be in the running for the sustainability award, any product in contention had to meet nine additional criteria including product need, durability and longevity, energy and water efficiency during manufacture, as well as use and packaging minimisation.
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