Written by Joanna Hoang
|Wednesday, 24 November 2010|
Manual Washing Machine
So, how about a bike pedal-powered washing machine? Currently, there are many different designs and ideas for pedal powered washing machines. The goals differ, but they include reducing energy and water consumption and costs, and increasing accessibility for people who cannot afford and/or do not have the energy capacity to own conventionally powered washing machines. By now you are probably wondering how you can manage to get your hands on a pedal powered washing machine... Unfortunately, at this time there are no pedal powered washing machines available for mass production and thus for purchase by consumers. However, if you are handy with tools you can build your own!
BENEFITS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT: Medium to High. Using a pedal powered washing machine will help you use significantly less energy and save water.
COSTS: Low - Medium
TIME AND EFFORT: Extremely High
Here are guidelines and instructions for making a pedal powered washing machine based on Homeless Dave’s Project: homelessdave.com. Homeless Dave had been using a handwasher to do laundry for over a decade, and in early 2007 he decided to build a pedal powered machine and use that instead.2
For more eco-friendly laundry tips: "Laundry Make it Eco Friendly"
For more eco-friendly drying tips: "Dry Your Clothes on a Clothesline"
Pedal Powered Washing Machines to watch for:
A team of engineering students at MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, are designing a bicycle powered washing machine from bike parts and empty barrels in a project called Bicilavadora for residents of developing countries.5 Another cool laundry machine design by Shang Che Wu also uses pedal power, but not in the form of a bike. The form of this design is very much like a laundry basket. A prototype of the design has not been built yet, but the idea is amazing:
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