When I first stumbled across Elie Ahovi’s brilliant idea of a waterless washing machine, the professionality of the campaign made me truly believe this was on the market already. Imagine! A more time efficient and ecologically conscious solution to one of the most hideous household chores that many of us endure day-in-day-out. Imagine having the ability to throw any colour and type of used clothing into the same wash knowing that they will come out literally as good as new with no colour running. By using dry ice, the machine will also cut your water bill down, which is especially pertinent when we consider that our household bills are set to triple in 30 years time.
The dry ice evaporates into gaseous form and blasts into the materials to clear them of dirt – the reaction between the CO2 and the clothing’s grease breaks the dirt down on a particle level and whirls them at high speeds into nothingness. The gas is then stored and recycled after the wash is complete for use in future cycles, the dirt is sectioned into its own component which can be removed manually when full.
The concept is created to be applicable to life in 2050 and seems to be addressing issues that we all must face: how much water we use, how much electricity we use (the machine is battery-powered) and… how much time we waste on washing! There may be some initial flaws that may need ironing out, such as: how safe is it to have a levitated, high-speed, spinning ball near children and animals? Will the process of turning the gas back into dry ice be more energy intensive that the benefits accrued? What do you think?