Wash Clothes with Plastic Chips, Only 1 cup of water

Professor Stephen Burkinshaw, a professor of textile chemistry, at the University of Leeds has invented a new washing machine that uses plastic chips and only 1 cup of water per load. The chips can be used about 100 times and leave clothes just as clean as traditional washers, but less than 2% of the water and energy. The other benefit is that there’s little need for a dryer as the clothes come out almost dry.

The washer is currently being developed by UK company Xeros, and it could possibly be sold as early as 2009. Good luck to Xeros and professor Burkinshaw. My only concern is what to do with those plastic chips when they’re used up. I hope they can be recycled and/or are biodegradable.

via MetaEfficient