The new Zeros washing machine won’t reduce the amount of energy women and men spend on housework, but it is extraordinaryily good for the environment.
Xeros, a research-driven spin-off from the UK’s University of Leeds has developed a laundry system that uses no more than a cup of water for each load of clothes, and also significantly less energy than conventional washing machines.
Environmental consultancy URS estimates that the Xeros laundry system’s carbon footprint is 40% smaller than the most efficient systems for washing and drying laundry. And it uses 90% less water. See detailed explanation of how Xerox works from The Economist: Using nylon beads in laundry: Washing without water. A