What if you could get your clothes cleaner and save money at the same time? Not to mention, you could also save water, electricity and cut the chemicals that enter the wastewater stream by half?

That sounds like an advertisement doesn’t it?

It could be, but we don’t do “sponsored posts” here. We just celebrate progress, by pointing people to all the insight and new innovations we can find. The advanced technology breakthrough we’re featuring today–while sounding a bit mundane–will certainly make the world a better place from so many angles.

This gets at a problem that connects every person on the planet: We all wear clothes. How can washing our clothes a different way make the world a better place?

Let’s dive into this brilliant innovation.

Image: Woman reaching into the back of a washing machine--an advanced technology that has changed our lives since it's inception.

Well, these aren’t actually the washing machines we’re talking about today. Keep scrolling to find those…
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Once again, the story of this leap in technology begins somewhere else, in an industry looking for dyes that would be attracted to fabric. Eventually, some of the scientists realized that the process could be reversed to take soils away from clothing.

The Xeros (waterless) washing mashing uses polymer beads, called XOrbs, to give garments a gentler, overall more effective wash, that is reported to save 80% of the water used in a traditional wash, 50% of the energy, 50% of the chemicals, and reduces the amount of CO2 released by 80%.

Reviewed gives us a look at how this machine works while visiting one of the first dry cleaners to have the Xeros technology installed!

So not only does this have benefits regarding the wash cycle, it’ll keep clothes lasting longer by using a gentler process that massages fibers to release the stains — keeping our clothes in our closets instead of the landfill.

For a little more of an in-depth look at how this technology works, give this video from BASF a watch.

Via: BASF  2

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This washer from Xeros may be available to us sooner than we imagined! Take a look at this 2018 update on what the company is up to and how this advanced technology and it’s XOrbs may be in your homes in the next few years.

Now,  if decreasing your use of chemicals and production of waste is appealing to you, but purchasing a new washer isn’t, check out this fun alternative: Soap Nuts.

These aren’t actually nuts, but berries closely related to lychee that have a natural soap agent in them called saponin. EcoNuts describes that saponin “works as a surfactant, breaking the surface tension of the water to penetrate the fibers of your clothing, lifting stains from the fabric, and leaving dirt suspended in the water that is rinsed away” 4

Here they are in action!

Via: Eco Nuts  5

Stay open to new possibilities!

– Sam

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it” – Albert Einstein

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  1. “This Washing Machine Uses Beads Instead of Water.” YouTube. Reviewed.com, 06 Mar. 2014. Web. 15 Feb. 2018. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp-z8VYGjbo&t=1s>.
  2.  “How Polymer Beads Cut Utility Costs in Laundry.” YouTube. BASF, 04 Aug. 2017. Web. 26 Feb. 2018. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGdkLQxfoXs&feature=youtu.be>.
  3. Barry, Keith, and Keith Barry. “This New Washing Machine Doesn’t Rely on Water to Wash Your Clothes.” Reviewed.com Laundry. N.p., 10 Jan. 2018. Web. 06 Mar. 2018. <http://laundry.reviewed.com/news/the-washing-machine-of-the-future-will-use-beads-to-clean-your-clothes>.
  4. “What Are Soap Nuts?” Eco Nuts Organic Soap Nuts. Eco Nuts Soap, n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2018. <https://econutssoap.com/what-are-soap-nuts/>.
  5. “How Eco Nuts Soap Nuts Work: GoPro in the Washing Machine.” YouTube. Eco Nuts, 04 Mar. 2016. Web. 26 Feb. 2018. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-FRpcyA8Qw&feature=youtu.be>.

Sam has written and edited hundreds of articles since joining the EWC team in 2016. She writes about topics from the wonders of nature to the organizations changing the world and the simple joys in life! Outside of the EWC office, she’s a part-time printmaker, collector of knick-knacks, and taster of cheeses.