We did it: Plastiflex successfully developed new vacuum cleaner hoses that are largely made of post-consumer recycled vacuum cleaner hoses. The importance of this achievement is illustrated by vacuum sales numbers: in 2018 alone, over 40 million vacuum cleaners were sold in Europe alone, which amounts to over 70.000 km or 15.000 tonnes of hoses.
To achieve this, we developed proprietary technology for sustainable hose manufacturing. This technology allows us to produce vacuum cleaner hoses made of up to 60% recycled material. In terms of mechanical properties as well as aesthetics, our recycled hoses are at least on par with hoses made from virgin resins.
With the help of several partners throughout Europe, we established a supply chain of end-of-life hoses through dedicated collection points. This way, we collected over 1.500 hoses from a wide range of vacuum cleaner brands. These hoses were then shredded, washed and compounded so they could be used in our proprietary process: the first truly circular vacuum cleaner hoses are a fact!
Are you interested in doing your part for the environment and helping us produce and distribute more truly circular vacuum cleaner hoses? Then don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to making vacuum cleaner hoses more sustainable than ever!
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