Samsung and Patagonia

Samsung and Patagonia worked together to design a washing machine cycle and filter that drastically reduce the release of microplastics during laundry while maintaining high cleaning performance. Patagonia, a brand known for its commitment to the environment and to sustainability, assisted Samsung in product testing and research, while the Korean manufacturer provided the technical expertise. The partnership aims to combat ocean pollution by preventing microplastics from entering the water stream during laundry.
The end result of the collaboration is the Less Microfiber Cycle and a new filter installed in a new range of appliances. The combined use of the special cycle and filter, according to Samsung, reduces the release of microplastics by 54% and blocks them from escaping into the water outlet.

The Less Microfiber Cycle can be installed as an update on compatible washing machines in Korea and the U.S. later this year. The Less Microfiber Filter will be available in select Samsung washing machines in Europe in the second half of 2023. The good news here is that users of other washing machine brands will also be able to purchase the filter separately and install it on their washers.

Ufesa Duet air fryer

First established in 1975, OCU is the oldest consumer organisation in Spain. It now has more than 305,000 members Given its great demand, the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) has analyzed 21 models of air fryers of various brands and has determined that the Ufesa Duet consumes little energy and is one of the best value for money.

Weighing less than 3 kg and with a 2 l capacity, it is perfect for preparing recipes for one or two people; while it has 6 preset programs: fry, toast, roast, bake, reheat and keep warm.

Its 360° high-speed air circulation technology allows healthy cooking with crispy results. For greater ease of use, it has a timer of up to 60 minutes and a temperature control of up to 200 °C with digital control

Energy features ignored

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Energy efficient features “ignored” by 9 out of 10 homeowners, Beko finds
A new survey of 6,000 homeowners and renters from across the globe, commissioned by leading appliance brand, Beko, has revealed that nearly 9 in 10 (89%) respondents globally ignore what’s best when it comes to energy efficiency in the home, despite 80% of those surveyed knowing how to use their household appliances in an energy efficient way.
The survey looks at global consumer attitudes and behaviours concerning energy efficiency and is part of its latest campaign to shed light on how kitchen appliances are used efficiently in the home.

While these results paint a contradictory picture of household efficiency, findings have shown that globally, almost 9 in 10 (87%) believe in the importance of energy efficiency and 78% take an interest in purchasing products that look to improve their household’s efficiency. However, the majority of respondents admitted to engaging in energy inefficient behaviours that are known to waste energy including:

Leaving the fridge door open when deciding what to eat (29%)
Leaving a freezer plugged in when it’s got nothing in it (20%)
Leave gadgets on charge for longer than they need (37%)
‘Settingsphobia’ – a term coined by Beko – is also to blame for inefficient energy practices in the home as almost 3 in 5 (59%) people are worried they’ll choose the wrong setting when using household appliances, but out of fear stick to the same, sometimes inefficient setting.

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Akın Garzanlı, Chief Marketing Officer at Arçelik commented: “The data gives us a fascinating insight into how attitudes towards energy efficiency are evolving across the globe. At Beko we’re continually striving to provide high quality products that suit the changing needs of our consumers and of the environment. While we look for ways to innovate solutions to more efficient living, building on our latest SaveWater™ and popular AquaTech® technology, which offers an energy efficient and sustainable home experience, it’s interesting to understand how households are responding and this will help to inform how best we can help as a corporation”.

Gen Z revealed as generation with surprising behaviours
Gen Z were revealed as one of the most knowledgeable demographics when it comes to energy efficiency with over 60% of Gen Z reading the instructions whenever they buy a new appliance, the study found. Despite this product knowledge, data shows Gen Z can often make accidental mistakes when it comes to their appliances, with 76% having used the wrong setting on their appliance, causing them to spoil their food/drink or damage their clothing.

Those older than 64 are unaware of benefits of energy efficient products
Actions speak louder than words when it comes to energy efficiency for those over 64 years of age, as findings reveal a substantial disbelief in energy efficiency products, but a strong belief in energy efficient actions.

The survey revealed that those over 64 are the generation least likely to prioritise energy efficiency when buying new products, with only 6 in 10 (63%) taking action, compared to younger generations (81% of Millennials) – and nearly 7 in 10 (67%) not interested in replacing their current products. However, those over 64 are the generation who claimed to be most aware of how to use all their appliances in the most efficient way (86%), despite the majority sticking to the same settings on their washing machine.

The survey also offers insights into how attitudes and knowledge regarding best energy efficient practices in the home differ across age groups. People over the age of 64 cited leaving the oven on whilst not in use (56%) and putting the heating on whilst the windows were open to dry clothes (56%) as inefficient practices, whilst almost a third (28%) of Gen Xers admitted to leaving an empty freezer plugged in.

The findings, which have demonstrated a gap between knowledge and behaviour within consumers globally, highlight the need for greater action in ensuring consumers are maximising the efficiency of appliances at home.

Conscious of the results, Beko is partnering with Youreko, an energy efficiency tool that calculates the lifetime running costs of appliances, to provide information to consumers on potential cost and energy savings when choosing new products.

Youreko calculator
This feature is currently available for consumers to use on the UK Beko website and Beko Poland, and will be integrated into Beko’s Germany, Romania, France, Italy, Austria, Spain and Netherlands sites as well. The partnership involves the integration of the Youreko tool on Beko’s website to display information to the general public on how energy efficient Beko’s appliances are compared with least energy efficient models and how much money the manufacturer’s appliances could save consumers in the long term. The tool supplements the listings of Beko’s washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers and refrigerators which all boast energy efficient technologies within, the company says.

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Low carbon steel to be used in increasingly more homeappliances: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH and the Salzgitter Groupstep up of their collaboration

Low carbon steel to be used in increasingly more home
appliances: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH and the Salzgitter Group
step up of their collaboration
/ With a 95 percent lower carbon footprint in production,
green steel supports the decarbonization strategy of both
/ Use of recycled steel scrap makes a valuable contribution to
the objective of the circular economy
/ Green steel will soon be used in a variety of BSH’s large
home appliances
Salzgitter and Munich, January 16, 2023. Europe’s largest home appliance manufacturer,
BSH Hausgeräte GmbH, is continuing to drive forward the decarbonization of its value
chain using materials produced in a climate-friendly way. A Memorandum of Understanding
was signed with Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH – a subsidiary of Salzgitter AG – to source
green steel from a new production route from 2025. The steel will be produced by means of
the new hydrogen-based production route SALCOS® (Salzgitter Low CO2 Steelmaking).
This means that carbon emissions in production will be reduced gradually by some 95
percent by 2033.
BSH has already been sourcing initial quantities of green steel from Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH
since 2021 with a reduction in the carbon footprint of more than 66 percent. This steel is already
being used to produce mounting brackets for washing machines in the BSH plant in Lodz in
The home appliances manufacturer is now taking the next major step to significantly reduce
carbon emissions in its value chain. BSH and Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH signed a Memorandum
of Understanding on January 13, 2023 which provides for large volumes of green steel from 2025
for the European market with increases each year.
What is special about this green steel is the new production process that Salzgitter AG intends to
use. Together with partners from business and research, Salzgitter AG has laid the foundations The key elements are electricity from renewable sources and its use to produce
hydrogen by means of electrolysis. The green hydrogen produced will replace coal, which is still
being used at present in the conventional blast furnace process. This is made possible by direct
reduction (DR) plants, involving the direct reduction of iron ore into iron in the solid state using
hydrogen as a reducing agent. Using this technology, steam is emitted instead of carbon dioxide.
SALCOS® is thus following the carbon direct avoidance strategy to avoid the generation of carbon
in steel production as early as the production stage. Salzgitter AG therefore intends to reduce its
carbon emissions overall by 95 percent. Phillip Meiser, Sales Director at Salzgitter Flachstahl
GmbH: “We are looking forward to growing the collaboration with BSH in such a pioneering way.
The transformation toward a climate-neutral economy can only succeed as part of a network of
strong partners, who ensure that the market for carbon-reduced steel products continues to grow
BSH’s development and manufacturing at all its locations worldwide have already been carbon￾neutral since 2020. And the company has set itself a further sustainability target for 2030: “We
intend to reduce our indirect scope 3 carbon emissions resulting from the purchase of raw
materials and parts and through use of home appliances by a further 15 percent compared with
2018. On the one hand, we therefore always offer our consumers products that are especially
energy efficient. On the other hand, however, we also closely examine how to improve processes
over which we have no direct control – for example, the production of materials that we use for our
appliances,” says BSH Chief Operating Officer Lars Schubert. “I am therefore very pleased that we
are decisively driving forward the reduction in carbon emissions in our value chain together with
the Salzgitter Group.”
In addition to reducing carbon emissions, another positive effect of the new production process is
that an even higher percentage of steel scrap is used. “The recycling of materials and appliances
is an important future issue for BSH in order to avoid wasting resources and generating waste,”
explains Lars Schubert. “Our goal is to be ready for a circular economy.” The company therefore
also increasingly offers circular business models in which home appliances are leased or used
communally. The appliances are taken back following use, reconditioned for re-use, and recycled
in an environmentally sound manner at the end of the product life cycle. This is also in line with the
Group strategy of Salzgitter AG in terms of focusing on the circular economy

LG Home Appliance Factory in United States Latest to Receive Prestigious ‘Lighthouse’ Status

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LG Home Appliance Factory in United States Latest to Receive Prestigious ‘Lighthouse’ Status

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LG Electronics Tennessee Plant is Selected as Industry’s First U.S.
Home Appliance Lighthouse Factory by World Economic Forum

LG Electronics’ (LG) home appliance manufacturing plant in the United States has been selected as a world-leading Lighthouse Factory by the .World Economic Forum (WEF)

The million-square-foot factory in Clarksville, Tennessee – the U.S. production base for LG’s award-winning washers and dryers – is the industry’s first home appliance plant in the United States to join the WEF’s global network. Also, it is the company’s second Lighthouse Factory, following on the heels of the LG Smart Park in Changwon, South Korea, which was selected by the WEF last year.

A “Lighthouse Factory” is recognized by the WEF for its role in shaping the future of manufacturing through the integration of Internet of Things (IoT), big data, artificial intelligence (AI), robots and other Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies. Since 2018, the WEF has selected and added global factories to its network twice a year.

LG’s world-class autonomous factory in Tennessee utilizes advanced digital technologies from AI and big data to IoT and robots. Completed at the end of 2018, the facility now operates three production lines for front-load and top-load washing machines and dryers. With an annual production capacity of 1.2 million washers and 600,000 dryers, the plant proactively responds to changing North American demand through local production. More than 900 people work at the LG home appliance factory in Montgomery County, Tenn.

Featuring a complete integrated production system streamlined process to supply impeccable products to customers on time, each line carries out the entire manufacturing process of new models from making the parts to assembly and packaging. In addition, strict quality conditions are applied to all the assembly lines to heighten quality across the board, from parts to finished products.

The LG Tennessee factory boasts a fully autonomous logistics system with 166 automated guided vehicles (AGVs) that transport parts around the plant. With three times more AGVs than the LG Smart Park, these robots improve overall productivity by freeing up people for other tasks.

With the integration of parts production such as metal press processing, plastic injection molding, and painting – including LG’s own intelligent injection molding system – the company has increased component productivity by 21 percent.1 In addition, the plant recognizes and responds in advance to potential productivity issues through an advanced detection system. By applying data-based AI technology that accurately predicts washing machine performance, the number of tests and energy consumed during testing are reduced by 22 percent, while the defect rate has been reduced by more than 61 percent via quality optimization.2

The plant is also maximizing workplace safety and operational efficiency by using robots for complicated, potentially dangerous tasks, such as assembling and lifting heavy parts and welding.

To further improve efficiency, LG plans to establish a 5G connectivity network across the facility in the second half of this year, creating an environment where its many AGVs can transport materials faster and more accurately based on stable, uninterrupted communication. LG will also introduce Autonomous Mobile Robots that navigate the expansive facility with ease to enhance its logistics system.

LG’s commitment to sustainability can be seen throughout the Tennessee factory, which transitioned to renewable energy completely already in 2022. The plant also uses a high-efficiency utility infrastructure, which supplies the power, steam and heat necessary to produce LG’s home appliance products with the help of the company’s advanced Building Energy Control (BECON) solution.

“Along with the LG Smart Park, LG’s Tennessee factory represents our unmatched leadership in transforming manufacturing facilities into advanced, futuristic hubs utilizing the most revolutionary technologies,” said Lyu Jae-cheol, president of the LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solution Company. “Lighthouse Factory status exemplifies how LG continues to strive for providing differentiated customer experiences through customized manufacturing innovations

Beko, ranked 17th in The Real Leaders

Beko has been ranked 17th in The Real Leaders Top 300 Impact Companies of 2023 ranking. The Real Leaders Impact Awards are annual awards that recognize companies that are driving a positive impact on the environment, while achieving significant business growth.

Through the motto “a healthy life is only possible on a healthy planet”, Beko is a company focused on empowering the new generations so that they can live a healthier life, knowing that it is only possible on a healthy planet, with an existence more sustainable. Beko’s ranking on The Real Leaders list demonstrates that the company’s commitment to sustainability is aligned with its mission. And it is that Beko strives every day to encourage others with its sustainable business practices.

Sustainable practices are part of Beko’s DNA. In 2022, his parent company, Arçelik, was recognized by the World Economic Forum (WEF); and its Ulmi plant, in Romania, awarded Sustainability Lighthouse status for its implementation and use of state-of-the-art technology to improve energy and water efficiency. This achievement makes it one of ten Sustainability Lighthouse centers in the Global Lighthouse Network and demonstrates the company’s leadership in lean and sustainable manufacturing.

Throughout 2022, Beko has placed innovation at the heart of its sustainable development. With the global launch of AquaTech®, the brand has been able to demonstrate how high-quality performance and sustainable technology can co-exist in consumers’ homes, offering up to30% less energy consumption than the class limit. energetic a.

Launched in September 2022, Beko’s SaveWater technology continued this trend of continuous innovation for more sustainable technology.

In the words of Hakan Bulgurlu, CEO of Arçelik, Beko’s parent company: “We are honored to be recognized as one of The Real Leaders 300 Most Impactful Companies of 2023. As a global company, we believe we have a responsibility to promote sustainability in every way possible, from the technologies we develop to our production methods, partners and supply chains.”

Arçelik, Beko’s parent company, is ranked 16th in The Real Leaders®️ Top 300 Impact Companies of 2023

New gas stoves could be banned or regulated as consumer safety commissioner backtracks

The backtrack came in response to a tweet from Republican Gary Palmer, who voiced outrage that unelected officials could ban an appliance used by tens of millions of Americans.

The idea of banning was first raised by  Democrat lawmakers Sen. Cory Booker and Rep. Dan Beyer, who sent a letter to the the CPSC urging it to take action after a study found that gas stoves were linked to higher cases of asthma.

In his backtrack Monday, Trumka added that people who choose to switch to electric stoves would receive an $840 rebate due to President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act.Industry groups say that natural gas stoves don’t necessarily emit more harmful emissions than other types of stoves. the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers and the American Gas Association both argued against a possible ban.

“Ventilation is really where this discussion should be, rather than banning one particular type of technology,” Jill Notini, a vice president at the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, . “Banning one type of a cooking appliance is not going to address the concerns about overall indoor air quality. We may need some behavior change, we may need [people] to turn on their hoods when cooking.”

While Karen Harbert, head of the American Gas Association, argued that neither the CPSC nor the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “present gas ranges as a significant contributor to adverse air quality or health hazard in their technical or public information literature, guidance, or requirements

EcoFlow Presents Lawn Mower, Portable Fridge, Portable AC and Home Power Solution at CES 2023

EcoFlow, a portable power and renewable energy solutions company, debuts three new smart devices at the show: the Wave 2 Portable Air Conditioner, as well as CES 2023 Honorees – Blade robotic lawn-sweeping mower, and Glacier Portable Fridge with a built-in ice maker. EcoFlow Wave 2: Following the success of the first Wave Portable Air Conditioner, the new second generation is capable of both heating and cooling, making life even more comfortable outdoors and in off-grid spaces.

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If you’re looking for a UK portable power station, a great place to start is with an EcoFlow. With AC outlets to fit all your gear and a ton of ports, they’re designed to keep you powered on no matter what. Replace your old-school generator with a solar powered one and get clean, quiet battery power.
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Xeros and IFB launch washing machines in India that reduce water use by up to 50%

Xeros Technology has partnered with IFB Industries Limited, India’s largest domestic and
commercial washing machine manufacturer, to launch a washing machine which reduces the environmental impact of clothes laundering using Xeros’ patent-protected innovations.

IFB will launch the premium 11kg domestic washing machines in its Indian retail stores in
December 2022, following the successful launch of a 38kg Xeros commercial machine in 2021. The 11kg machine incorporates Xeros’ Care technology and is designed for use in large domestic households as well as small commercial operations. The machine uses up to 50% less water and 25% less chemistry than a conventional machine, and also reduces time by up to 25%.launch of this 11kg machine complements ongoing preparation for field trials in January 2023 of a new 9kg domestic washing machine designed for mass market adoption. IFB is expected to install trial machines in homes in Indian early in the new year and will then proceed with a nationwide launch in Q1 2023, subject to the field trials being successful.

The Xeros Care technology uses a combination of patented XDrum and XOrb technology and can be integrated at any scale to enhance domestic and commercial washing machines.

Using polymer spheres, XOrbs, allows for a significant reduction of water, chemistry, and energy, with the benefit of more gentle mechanical action to improve wash performance and better care for fabrics. The XOrbs are released through a closed-loop system, complimenting wash programmes to reduce the impact of laundry. At the end of the cycle, the XDrum collects the XOrbs back into the storage system.

Not only does the Xeros Care technology reduce environmental impact during washing, but it also helps clothes last longer. In our current throw away culture we buy 60% more clothing than we did 15 years ago but only keep things for half as long,v with a reported 73% of textiles ending up in landfills. Studies have found if we could extend the life of 1 in 5 garments by just 10%, an estimated 6.4 million tonnes of textiles would be diverted from landfills, potentially saving 3 million tonnes of CO2 and 150 million litres of water every year.Further developments from the Xeros and IFB partnership in both the domestic and commercial laundry markets are expected to be announced in 2023

January 2023 Liebherr will launch the first vacuum perlite refrigerator: BluRoX

Liebher is revolutionising technology in its fridges and freezers, using a vacuum in conjunction with finely ground lava stone, the raw material perlite, to insulate its appliances. The first vacuum perlite models, named BluRoX, will be on the market as early as January 2023. For the very first time, it is possible to produce freezers with the energy efficiency class “A” and “B” in accordance with EU legislation thanks to the innovative technology.

Until now, refrigerators and freezers have been insulated with conventional insulating materials made from petroleum-based polyurethane foam. Instead of these common foam elements, and in a world’s first, BluRoX uses a vacuum in combination with finely ground perlite for insulation.

Due to its crystalline microstructure, the lava stone perlite has a very low thermal conductivity, and the vacuum provides the best possible insulation in terms of energy. As Steffen Nagel, managing director sales & marketing at Liebherr-Hausgeräte explains, «for a family with a 350-litre freezer, the annual power consumption for the appliance could be reduced by up to 20 per cent – This translates into notable savings with steadily rising electricity prices.»

Moreover, the new combination of a vacuum and finely ground lava stone enables a very compact design. Due to the particularly effective BluRoX insulation, Liebherr can design the walls of a BluRoX freezer to be about one third thinner than the walls of a conventional foam-insulated appliance. For an appliance fully equipped with vacuum perlite technology, the result is about 25 percent greater capacity compared to fridges and freezers with the same external dimensions. The FNb 5056 freezer will be the first hybrid model whose door is equipped with BluRoX technology