Okay, I first learned about this via Pinay Mom Blogs.
It’s a washing “machine” that’s powered by human, I mean, a cyclist. It’s a customized drum attached to a bike, where, I believe, you have to put your dirty clothes inside the drum, half-fill it with water, and then the “labandera” would have to pedal to make it run. Think gym meets laundromat. (This is great for those who wanna be fit but do not have the money to go to the gym or are terrified to ride bikes outside).
The “machine” was invented by Illac Diaz, a model who has become a social advocate (Liter of Light). I would like to believe that it’s a prototype, and is still open for improvement, something that would make it better than “manual hand washing” (in terms of energy and electricity conservation), and would make it better than a “washing machine” (in terms of being able to do a lot of things at the same time, not to mention, maintain soft hands and all).
I would like to suggest a self-filtering washing machine though. Wherein the water you put in would go on filter mode, so you can wash your clothes on the “same” water over and over.
By the way, I read somewhere that a washing machine that uses a lot less water would be launched this year.
photo credit: illacdiaz.multiply.com
Greenphils received a comment from Mr. Illac Diaz himself on March 15th, 2009 1:42 am. To quote:
“I just want to clarify that there is no claim that I am the inventor. This project was done in my D-Lab class at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with my classmates Radu Radata, Jessica Vechaul, and my professors Alan Armstrong and Amy Smith. We are collaborating TOGETHER to design a better one for the Philippines.”