Washer Uses Plastic Pellets And Just One Cup Water To Clean Clothes

Washer Showing Water Use photo

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Plastic...there will be little sorrow among TreeHuggers if the price of oil forces packagers and the populace to cut down on plastic use. But here's a usage of plastic (and we grudgingly admit there are many) that has got to be hailed as extremely savvy - researcher Stephen Burkinshaw at Leeds University in the UK has developed a technology that employs just a cup of water and detergent plus 45 pounds of plastic pellets to do the wash - saving 98 percent of the water a regular machine water would use and potentially, billions of gallons annually.

Water and energy savings
The water and detergent essentially dissolve the dirt from clothes, while the plastic pellets - each about half a centimeter (0.2") in diameter - serve as a solid solvent to absorb the dirt. The pellets are then dropped *into a special tray* at the bottom of the front-loading washer, and can reportedly be used for up to 100 washes. And (big plus) clothes emerge from the cycle nearly dry! A spin-off (ha!) company called Xeros is in the process of commercializing the pellet washer, and says machines could be available in Britain in just a couple of years. *correction Via ::Daily Mail and Xeros

See also: LG's Steam Washing Machine Uses 35% Less Waterand Airwash Waterless Washing Machine: Another Notch in the Bedpost

Washer Uses Plastic Pellets And Just One Cup Water To Clean Clothes
Plastic...there will be little sorrow among TreeHuggers if the price of oil forces packagers and the populace to cut down on plastic use. But here's a usage of plastic (and we grudgingly admit there are many) that has got to be

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