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Item of the day: Eco-warrior vacuum

Let's admit it, no one actually enjoys vacuuming their home. It's one of those chores you'd rather avoid unless it's absolutely necessary. But what if your vacuum cleaner was an artistic creation that made a powerful statement about pollution in the world's oceans? Global appliance manufacturer Electrolux is now making cleaning cool, in collaboration with local artist Simon Max Bannister, who decorated this one-of-a-kind vacuum cleaner. The JetMaxx Green vacuum cleaner, which was converted into an eco-friendly appliance, is the first South African 'Vac from the Sea', made partly from plastic gathered from our oceans. The Vac from the Sea initiative is an international venture, led by global appliance manufacturer, Electrolux. The aim is to raise awareness of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. And what better way to do so than by using remnants of plastic pollution, taken from our own waters? The 621 pieces of plastic used to create the artwork over 48 hours were collected in and around the Cape Peninsula on International Coastal Cleanup Day, on 17 September 2011. The JetMaxx Green is also a green option for various other reasons. It delivers 33% energy-saving compared to a 2000W vacuum cleaner and has the dust pick up of an average 2000W vacuum cleaner. This model is also made from 55% recycled plastic and its packaging from 100% recycled paper, making most of the machine recyclable. When it comes to the dust bag, the JetMaxx Green uses a disposable Green s-bag® made from only natural renewable materials. So you'll be saving the planet while you clean! You can get the AEG Jett Maxx Green vacuum cleaner exclusively from selected retailers that are Electrolux Green Partners at a retail price of R1 300. For more information visit