What does a cup of water equate to, these days? During summers, a cup of water could barely quench my thirst. However, with a new technology developed by Leeds University, a cup of water could mean a kilogram of laundry. Xeros, a Leeds University spin-off, is currently commercializing a washing machine which can clean clothes using just a cup of water.
According to a study by Waterwise (a UK NGO), the water used to wash clothes in the UK alone amounts to 145 Olympic size swimming pools daily. The Xeros washing machine only uses 2 percent of the water as well as the energy used by its conventional counterparts. And, since the machine only uses a cup of water per kilogram of laundry, the clothes come up almost dry, eliminating the necessity to tumble dry. The company has already received a $1 million funding and expect to put washing machines out in the market by 2009 at the earliest.