Washing machines aren’t usually a hot topic on Shiny, unless it does something amazing like remove your clothes and iron them for you, or if it’s from Hello Kitty of course. What makes this particular washing machine special is that instead of using water, it uses plastic chips, friction and solvent to get your clothes clean.
For those who now have confusion written all over your face, see after the jump to see how it works.
The Xeros washing machine uses just one cup of water, with a bit of detergent thrown in to dissolve the stains and dirt. Next, thousands of reusable plastic chips (solid solvent) are dropped in to beat the clothes clean and absorb stains. When the cycle is over, a grill opens up at the bottom to collect the chips. Clothes are apparently left almost dry (and hopefully chip-free), eradicating the need to fling them in the dryer. By the sounds of it, your clothes will come out looking more worn and battered than clean – especially after a few washes.
Tests which have been carried out at the University of Leeds have shown the machine can get rid of all kinds of stains and the chips can be used up to 100 times. Whether the chips are eco-friendly is unknown at the moment. It definitely gets the green thumbs-up of approval though, as it uses less than 2 percent of the water and energy of a conventional washing machine. Xeros Ltd are hoping to get the water minimising washing machine on the UK market by 2009.[via Eco Geek]
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