Convenience often comes at a price, which in the case of washing machines is the amount of electricity, water, and detergent needed to power them. The Xeros washing machine could provide a more eco-friendly alternative, although you would have to get used to the idea of cleaning your clothes with thousands of nylon polymer beads. It might sound strange, but if it could save you 47 percent in electricity costs and reduce water usage by 72 percent, we think it’s worth it.
The machine looks like a standard washing machine, but it only needs a single cup of water and a splash of detergent to get the same results. Xeros already has plans for a potential £100m stock market listing, which would make the technology available to commercial consumers. Certain businesses already make use of the machines, which is further prove that the idea is popular, even if it isn’t widely know just yet.
“Xeros’s reusable and recyclable polymer bead cleaning systems offer an attractive customer proposition combining cost savings, efficiencies and superior cleaning performance,” said Bill Westwater, the company’s Chief Executive. “I am delighted that our major shareholders are highly supportive of our proposed listing and associated fundraising.”
As pointed out by Inhabitat, there is already a very serious microplastic pollution problem across the world, which could be intensified by the company’s technology. While Xeros has ensure that the beads will be recycled, the real problem is the fact that responsible will more often than not fall to the consumer, who aren’t always as happy to take the necessary steps to protect the environment.