3. Do Something Pedal Powered.
Three students at the University of New Hampshire have created a bicycle-powered washing machine that uses less than ten gallons of water per load. The students Britta Moore, Garett Cassidy and Vincent Lyon, were intending the washer’s use in nations where electricity supplies and appliances are still less than omnipresent.
Pedal-powered washing machines are fascinating, and we’ve seen a few at TreeHugger.
This trio’s design is aimed to be assembled of very low-tech parts – a 30-gallon plastic drum drilled full of holes and placed inside a 50-gallon metal drum. Clothes, soap, and three gallons of water go into the inner drum to agitate and spins via gearing that links the user’s bicycle to the double-drum system. Washing, rinsing, and spin-drying each take 10 minutes of pedaling.
The most important design feature is that the machine can be unhooked from the bicycle, which can then be ridden away. Neither the first nor the last word in human-powered ingenuity, the bike washer is still a good reminder that pedal power is truly amazing, and worth celebrating in some fashion this month.
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