Xeros Ltd. has made a washing machine that uses beads instead of water to wash clothes. It claims to use less electricity and water than traditional washing machines.
A UK based company, Xeros Ltd., has built a washing machine that uses 90 percent less water, and could reduce utility bills by up to 30 percent. The washing machine uses tiny plastic beads to clean clothes. It only uses a small amount of water for dampening the clothes, after which the beads flood the drum of the machine, absorbing and whisking away dirt. Once the washing cycle is complete, the beads drain away just like water in a traditional washing machine. The beads are then collected and recycled.
Xeros claims that its washing machine has been tested on a range of fabrics with positive results. The company has already built a prototype and plans to commercially launch it next year.
Xeros was part of the Clean and Cool trade mission to the US, as the authorities felt that this washing machine could have a positive impact on the environment, besides financial benefits.