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 biker. 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 laundrymat. (This is great for those who wanna be fit and dont have the money to go to the gym and walk on treadmills or ride bikes).

The “machine” was invented by Illac Diaz, a model who’s now more of a social advocate now. I would like to believe that it’s a prototype, and is still open for improvement… something that would make it better than “manual handwashing” (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-filtrating 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

Note:

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.”

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8 Responses to Bike Washing Machine, Anyone?

  1. lisa winter says:

    this is great. i’ve never seen one of these before, i wonder if you can make them at home. thanks for the post.

  2. gp says:

    Hi lisa! it’s possible but i think they have used a special “aluminum” or something for the drum.

    You might wanna ask the inventor. His name is Illac Diaz, he’s also the brain behind the “dome” houses in the Philippines.

    His url is illacdiaz.multiply.com :)

  3. Illac Diaz says:

    Thanks for the post. 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.

    So chill. Doing good can mean doing good together whoever improves on what. The importance is the effort is for the common good.

  4. gp says:

    agree.. let’s help each other out. :)

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

  7. gp says:

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

    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. :)

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