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.
Combining a loop hanger with a filtered, glass chamber of activated charcoal, the aim of Bengtsson's "Bye Bye Laundry" hangers is to encourage less water use by making it easier to freshen your clothes by hanging them up. Processed with oxygen to make them super-absorbent, the porous nature of the charcoal pellets means that they are extremely effective in sucking up noxious smells.
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.