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Waterless washing machines to hit the market next year - Tech Digest
To be fair, "waterless" is a slight exaggeration, but only slight because a company named Xeros has managed to develop a washing machine that uses just 90% of the water used by a normal houselhold unit. This utility room game-changer employs reusable nylon polymer beads to wash your undies. They clean the clothes faster, using 30% less energy and each cycle only requires a single drop of detergent too. What's more, expensive eco-enemy tumble dryers need less time because you're linen will be less wet too. Therefore saving a few inches more planet. Sounds pretty marvelous really. The trick has been working out a way to get the beads from your togs at the end of the wash but, now that's sorted, Xeros reckon they'll have commerical units in hotels and other such large operations by the end of the year. And if that hasn't got your juices flowing green, then check this - if these nylon polymer machines were as standard in the UK, it'd be the equivalent of taking 2 million cars of our roads. Where do I sign up? (via Cambridge News)