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Bike Washing Machine, Anyone?

February 26th, 2009 Posted by environment 8 thoughts on “Bike Washing Machine, Anyone?”

Okay, I first learned about this via Pinay Mom Blogs.

bike washing machine

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.

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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.”


Iva Maurin

Iva is a Communications Specialist with an over-a-decade experience in environmental community work in the Philippines. As an environment educator, she focuses on events organization and IEC materials development. She’s now based in California and works in publications in San Francisco. She’s also the Creative Content Editor for the Global Filipino Network.

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8 thoughts on “Bike Washing Machine, Anyone?”

  1. gp says:

    ronald, i suggest you ask mr. Illac himself. He even posted here (wow, thanks!). You could visit his page at

    Dennis, thanks sir… true, it’s really great to know that more and more are taking time to help save our only environment. Kudos to you too, and your blog. 🙂

  2. I stumbled on this site while researching for my own blogsite, which is in its infancy. It is encouraging to know that there, indeed, are many of us now, actually doing something to help green the Philippines.

    It’s commendable— what you have so far done in the last few years in this blog. I’d sit in, as if on campus, and learn; and some day, I hope to be able to contribute as well.

  3. ronald villaflor says:

    my wife really loves the idea of doing house chores while exercising at the same time.. plus it saves us from paying high electricity bills. can i ask if illiac diaz is releasing any prototype in the market for sale soon?

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