Cardboard is a fantastic, versatile material. Stiff, durable, light-weight, recyclable, mouldable… just not waterproof (not yet, anyway). There have been all sorts of great cardboard furniture over the years but few cardboard appliances – which is what makes the Vax such an innovative idea.
Using cardboard for appliances is more than nifty, it could be a vital substitution to save our planet – given that many appliances contain parts that take forever to degrade in landfill.
Designed by a British student, Jake Tyler, it cleverly uses the customer as part of the factory process (it’s self-assembly, like IKEA), provides an eco-friendly solution and is customisable (you can draw all over it to ‘pimp your vac’).
In the words of the manufacturer’s press release:
The Vax ev is a high performance vacuum cleaner constructed for optimum sustainability, using recycled and recyclable materials that reduce the burden on landfill. The corrugated cardboard panels that form the body of the Vax ev are easily replaced if damaged and cost just a tenth of the price of an equivalent plastic panel. They are multi-purpose too, beginning their life as part of the retail box the vacuum cleaner is sold in. Once the cardboard parts are separated from the box, they ‘pop’ into place around the motor housing, without any need for glue. They have a flame retardant coating and are fully customisable – with just a few felt tip pens you can turn your vacuum cleaner into a unique work of art!
Where to Buy:
Not available yet – but check the VAX website for more details
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