Buying a "greener" vacuum cleaner

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The Electrolux Pure D9 Hygiene PD91 Green vacuum cleaner is made from 70% recycled plastic. But does that mean it’s really a “greener” cleaner?

That plastic has been saved from becoming landfill. Electrolux claims that by using recycled plastic, each Green vac saves more than 2L of crude oil and uses 90% less energy to manufacture.

A life cycle assessment (LCA) is a scientific methodology that calculates the environmental impact of a product. Typically used by product designers and environmental organisations, an LCA shows how much energy and resources are used in manufacturing, using and disposing of a product, as well as how much pollution and carbon it creates.

Published academic LCA studies show 15% of the energy used by a corded, bagged vacuum cleaner is generated by manufacturing and disposal. So choosing a model made from recycled plastic is a good start.

However, 80% of the energy comes from using the vac. This means, to pick a true “greener” cleaner, choosing the most efficient one should be your top priority.

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