World's first cardboard vacuum cleaner unveiled by VaxVax Ev designed to reduce landfill waste from vacs

01 July 2011

Vax ev

A Vax vacuum cleaner made from recyclable nylon plastic and cardboard from the box it arrives in has been designed by a British student.

The Vax Ev is made of recycled and recyclable materials, including corrugated cardboard panels from the Vax Ev's original packaging.

Once detached from the box, the parts pop into place round the motor housing without the need for glue, and can be replaced at a tenth of the price of a plastic equivalent.

Vax's director of new product development Paul Bagwell said: 'With sustainability becoming an increasing concern for manufacturers, the Vax Ev shows just what can be achieved when young designers are encouraged to think creatively and push the boundaries of product design.'

Greener vacs for consumers

Which? vacuum cleaner expert Katie Hill says: 'Vacs tend to be made from parts that take a long time to degrade if they end up in landfill when you decide it's time for a new model.

'It's great to see Vax encouraging greener designs, but - while Vax may produce a limited number of the Vax Ev - it would be nice to similar innovations in mass produced models so consumers have greener options when they shop.

'Big vac brands don't tend to be that reliable so designs to improve longevity would be a good start in reducing the disposal of broken down products.'

Find out how to recycle a whole range of household electrical products using Which?'s guide to recycling electricals.

Reliable vacuum cleaner brands

Every year we survey Which? members to find out which brands are producing reliable models that are less likely to break down. We've got reliability scores for eight famous vac brands - including Hoover, Electrolux and Dyson - on the reliability page of our vacuum cleaners review.

Only three cylinder vac brands in our research - and one brand producing upright vacs - have a good reliability rating. For an overview of how Vax's mainstream models tend to perform in our tests, have a look at the Vax vacuum cleaners page in our guide to the best vacuum cleaner brands guide.

Fixing vac faults

According to our research, the most common vacuum cleaner problems relate to the belt, suction or blocked filters. Suction can drop off as the bag fills with dust so a bag or filter change might solve the problem.

Alternatively, a simple repair might save your vac and help reduce unnecessary waste. Which? Local has a list of member-recommended repairers - use the Which? Local site to find one close to you.

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