In the “What were they thinking?” stakes, Leeds University spinout company “Xeros” claims to have invented the near-waterless washing machine.
The machine uses one cup of water and some detergent to wash a whole load of clothes. (They don’t mention how big that load of clothes is.) Amazing! Remarkable! Fresh! This will save the planet! Or so the company would like us to believe.
Oh, and you need to add 20 kg of plastic chips, which “absorb the dirt”. Sssh, don’t mention the plastic. The diagram says that “At the end, a grill opens at the bottom of the drum to remove the chips”, and the chips are “reusable”. Shhh, don’t mention that you need to switch them out every 100 washes. Just say “reusable”!
The company claims that the miracle plastic can remove coffee and lipstick stains. They don’t talk about vomit, faeces, or blood. And the issue of just how the detergent gets back out of the clothes again doesn’t rate a mention. Toxic plasticisers and off-gassing? What’s that?
And you expect me to believe I’m not going to get tiny plastic chips embedded in all my socks?
Great, now well have 44 lbs. of plastic that smell like shit.
The brilliance of this …. it’s like cutting down the entire forest to prevent forest fires. Bring on the environmental disaster!
great now we have plastic waste instead of soapy water.
guess which one is easier to recycle?
I imagine these plastic chips would be abrasive to most materials, so I am wondering how clothes would stand up to this washing method.
Who here thinks that replacing recyclable, renewable resources with plastics is a dandy idea that will save us all?