This incredible washing machine, which could save billions of liters of water each year, has been designed at the University of Leeds. It uses less than 10% of the water of regular washing machines and 30% less energy by replacing most of the water with thousands of tiny reusable plastic beads to attract and absorb dirt under humid conditions.
Xeros, who developed the technology, will start selling the washing machine to commercial customers such as hotels and dry cleaners before bringing the product household consumers.A tiny amount of water and detergent is needed to dampen the clothes, loosen stains and create the water vapour that allows the beads to work. After the cycle is finished, the beads fall through a mesh in the machine’s drum and can be re-used up to a hundred times. Xeros has signed a deal with GreenEarth Cleaning, an environmentally friendly dry-cleaning business, to sell the technology across North America.