The concept behind no-electricity washing machines has been around for quite some time now. It has attracted quite a bit of attention because it is not only relevant for eco-conscious people around the world, but also because it could bring that little bit of extra comfort to numerous communities in the developing world.
Just over a year ago, the news-feeds were going crazy with the story of the teenage Indian girl, Ramya Jose, who built a pedal-powered washing machine.The machine was not a high-tech super fancy invention, but it served a great cause- it cut down the family’s workload so that they can focus on the father’s caner treatment. The story touched thousands of people.
Of course it was hard to imagine that such great concept will not be picked up by others, and not too long after, the Drumi appeared. Earlier this year, when we first told you about the invention, the pedal-powered washing machine was making its appearance at the Green Living Show in Toronto. Now, just a few months later, Drumi is available to pre-order through what is shaping up to be a super successful Indiegogo campaign.
Here is what you need to know about Drumi. It is 100% pedal-powered, meaning that it does not need any external or additional power source to run. With a little bit of an effort from the user’s side, Drumi can wash about ~5 lb (2.26 kg) of dirty laundry in 8 to 10 minutes, using 80% less water than a conventional washing machine. The load is not huge, but the machine is perfect for daily usage in small households, or to wash these few items that somehow managed to escape from the big pile.
There are 10 days to go, and there are still finds to be raised and Drumi’s to be pre-ordered, so if you want to see the product blossom, hurry up and order one. For $199 you can get your washing machine as early as in October next year.
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