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Designing a greener product: the Hoover 'New Wave' washing machine range

Roy, Robin (1996). Designing a greener product: the Hoover 'New Wave' washing machine range. Co-Design: the interdisciplinary journal of design and contextual studies(5-6) pp. 34–39.

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Hoover is one of the best known manufacturers of domestic appliances in Britain and has made washing machines at its Merthyr Tydfil factory since 1948. This article discusses the creation of the Hoover New Wave range of ‘green’ washing machines, which were launched in 1993 after a four year programme of research, design and development and investment in new manufacturing plant costing £15 million.The New Wave range were the first products to be awarded an EU Ecolabel, having exceeded set criteria for energy, water and detergent consumption and wash performance.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: The Author
ISSN: 1355-302X
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 29232
Depositing User: Robin Roy
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2011 16:06
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2012 19:27
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