Sometimes it's hard to tell if a piece of clothing is really "dirty" enough to warrant a washing -- especially if it's only just absorbed some smells like cigarette or cooking smoke. A mere airing out may be in order, but taking this simple practice a bit further, British designer and recent grad Lisa Marie Bengtsson added odour-sucking, activated charcoal in her redesign of the clothes hanger, eliminating the perceived need for a water wash.
Bengtsson explains the point of the project is to propose an alternative to the fact that we wash our clothes much more than is needed, wasting a lot of water in the process:
There is a moment between clean and unclean clothes that has got very little attention. Sometimes we throw half-dirty clothes in the laundry basket too often because we don’t know where else to put them. I saw an opportunity for a piece including activated charcoal that creates a place for clothes that have been worn but are not necessarily ready to be washed.
Adding an extra function to an everyday item, "Bye Bye Laundry" is a sensible proposition to lessen the knee-jerk reaction to wash nominally soiled clothes. Check out more of Lisa Marie Bengtsson's work (like her 3D printed recycled crayon project for kids!) on her website.