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Refreshing News: Washing Machine With Nylon Beads Uses 90% Less Water

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This is undoubtedly one of the most environment-friendly appliances that I have ever seen: using technology developed by professor Stephen Burkinshaw of Leeds University, the Xeros washing machine is so efficient it only needs a cup of water to clean an adult-sized shirt. That translates to 90% less water used compared to ordinary washing machines. The special ingredient: nylon beads. Nylon’s unique property is that it becomes very absorbent under humid conditions. A small amount of water is enough to humidify the interior of the Xeros washing machine, and the nylon beads and detergent will do the rest.

xeros diagram

Aside from the significant water savings, the revolutionary cleaning system also uses 30% less energy; the efficiency of the nylon beads also translates to less detergent used. Clothes that are washed in this manner will dry faster because of the small amount of water used in cleaning them. It gets even better: the first Xeros washing machines are set to be on sale next year. They’ll be sold to commercial establishments at first, but hopefully us residential peeps will be able to own one soon after.

Check out Xeros’ website for more details, including a video demonstration.

[via GreenBang via Inventor Spot]





Comments (4):

  1. Fatty says:

    what about the chips? are they reused? recyclable? biodegradable? can’t say its green unless you can do something with them =/

  2. messenger says:

    I wonder how much water and energy and oil is needed to produce those nylon beads and what happens to them after they are used… Please show the complete data. Sounds too good to be true.

  3. techwashing says:

    its very nice. and it will save us on water and bills as well too. tnx for this creation. bestwash

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