Eliminating wastage of water and electricity, human-powered washing machines are a rage. Consider saving on your laundry budget while getting a little workout, with the added advantage of clean clothes. Sustainability reaches a new level in simplifying daily chores with the modern washing machines that operate completely on power provided by the user. Here are some of the latest machines that promote eco-friendly choices.
Drumi by Yirego challenges the modern day laundry experience and is the Canadian National Winner of James Dyson Award 2015. The latest version of the Drumi is a compact and clean design that is easy to carry and store. For effortless carrying, the machine has an aluminum locking top-handle. The top of the Drumi is a flat-top lid that fits whichever way you put it and has measuring scales for easy water measurement. The interior drum of this version is removable and hence easy to clean after each use. The foot pedal is manufactured in aluminum for better grip and increased durability.
Designed by Alex Cabunoc and Ji A You from the Art Center College of Design’s Design Matters program, the GiraDora is aimed at providing better washing options for the poor. This $40 washer-dryer alleviates lower back pain associated with hand washing and also cuts down the laundry budget by being completely human powered . The team is consistently working to make the machine’s cleaning abilities above par through a new gearing system. Operated through a foot-pedal, GiraDora offers the operator a seat to sit down as they wash their clothes.
The Laundry Alternative Inc. has its latest gadget ready to amaze users. With Wonderwash you can get sparkling clothes with minimum waterusage and big saving on electricity. Portable, economical, and eco-friendly, this $43 washing machine cleans clothes within two minutes by utilizing less than 10% the amount of water used in conventional electronic machines. The Wonderwash brings sustainability at a cheap cost to everyone who wishes to decrease their carbonfootprint. A range of functional and mechanical innovations have been included in the latest version to maximize the machine’s life.
- Laundry POD
This brand aims at bringing some fun and sustainability to suburban homes without compromising on functions. A practical accessory that fits all lifestyles and utilizes minimum space and provides maximum productivity, the Laundry POD is a pedal powered Washing Machine and the winner of the Best Greener Gadget Award. While a regular washing machine uses as much as 30 gallons of water to wash and rinse clothes, the Laundry POD uses just 1.6 gallons of water to wash and 1.5 gallons to rinse. Additionally, it also uses 1/5th of the proportion of detergent used in conventional machines. The machine has a rotating handle to power it that works on a 4:1 Gear ratio, this means that for each rotation of the handle, the inner spinner rotates four times.
- Giant King WF 1301
Giant King International Trade Co., Ltd. has revealed its latest non-electric washing machine. The Big Foot Non-Electric Washing Machine by Giant King work on four different modes- pre-soak, wash, spin, and rinse. A more convenient alternative to hand washing especially when washing delicate fabrics, the machine can easily clean the toughest fabrics too. The machine has a single-wall design for easy cleaning after use. This single wall has an advanced laundry design in the form of a double splash plate and a splashed water board design. Weighing merely 3.18kgs with comfortable handles, it is easy to carry around. The Big Foot uses less than 40% water compared to conventional machines and 20-30% the amount of detergent.
Affordable and convenient options have amalgamated with sustainability to result in human-powered washing machines. These machines conserve water, electricity, detergent, and are portable, durable, and economical alternatives to traditional methods.