Washit cleans you and your clothes simultaneously

The final concept art for Washit - a combined shower and washing machine - shows both domestic and public use

Water is a precious resource and in places like Australia and the U.K., the onset of summer coincides with restrictions on water use – hosepipes for watering gardens are banned, and showers are recommended over baths. But even taking a shower uses a fair amount of water, which all ends up down the drain. The same goes for doing laundry. If only there was a way to combine the two into one unified unit.

There is, or at least there could be in the future. Four university students in Turkey have collectively designed Washit, a concept shower and washing machine combo that's capable of cleaning you and your clothes simultaneously.

Washit uses a closed-water plumbing system that collects the greywater from the shower outlet and stores it in a tank ready for washing laundry. Before the greywater reaches your clothes it passes through a series of three filters - carbon, organic, and chemical - to ensure your laundry doesn't emerge dirtier than when it went in to the machine. These filters can be removed for cleaning or replacement at any time.

The designers of Washit imagine the appliance will be used both in domestic and public settings. In a domestic setting the washing machine door is on the outside so that laundry can be deposited at any time. But in a public setting this would be switched around so that the door is on the inside. The user could then step in to the shower and remove their clothing in situ ready for washing. Washit can then dry the clothes ready for the user to put them back on before they leave the unit in the same outfit as they were wearing when they entered. Except both the user and their clothes would be clean and fresh.

The Washit concept won the Hansgrohe Prize 2012: Efficient Water Design at the iF Concept Design Awards, with the judges noting, "This is an interesting combination ... a clever solution: identical components, resource-saving, aesthetic appeal, hygienic." The students are now at the prototyping stage, and figuring out the best way to take Washit from concept to reality.

Comments

Why stop at clothing? I have better idea to add dish washing machine on the bottom part (optional use).

Or a full use. Water from sink and shower to refill toilet flush.

A closed system... which could effectively separate various particles of dirt, dust, shampoo, etc.. from the water itself would be good.
Urine would make an excellent addition for all of that since it can be easily recycled into clean water.

But... if water is such a problem... then why do we have generators (for decades) capable of extracting water from the atmosphere?

Seriously, I'm all for minimizing our impact and all (and this kind of an idea is great - a closed system which uses none or very minute quantities of outside water), but water is hardly scarce on this planet (potable, usable or otherwise) especially with the technology that is decades old.

Ask yourself - do we really need more new stuff? We have so many items, machines, gadgets right now that will all be waste tomorrow. When are industrial designers going to get it? Finite resources = no more after their gone resources. Its time to start re-using existing materials and stop mining the earth to build more low grade machines with in-built obsolescence. If water is scarce how about having a bath twice a week and wash your clothes in the water after. This would be considered a luxury in some 3rd world countries. Its time western society pulled its head in and stopped using up the planets resources on crap like this.

you recycle all that waste. Not enough research is being done to find ways to recycle our waste.Then the only issue becomes energy. You will only to need to seek out new resources due to population growth. If the population remains stable then they can simply recycle the waste (which consumes energy) and consume it again and continue that cycle so long as there is a constant supply of energy.

Recycling technology was perfected in the late 19th century when we gained the ability to recycle heavy metals.
It allowed us to basically disassemble matter (waste - practically any kind) into base elements and reconstitute it into something else (a new form of matter - such as highly advanced synthetic materials, tools, electronics, building materials, etc...) or convert them into alternative energy sources.

The problem is the monetary system which recycles about 10% (globally) or less... while the rest is being stored on the landfills.

Imagine the resources on those landfills.
We can easily create abundance for every person on the planet and industry several times over from landfills alone, and we'd still have leftovers to pick and choose what to do with (say, space stations, deep space probes propelled by the latest research in Warp theories, not to mention missions on Mars).

Extracting resources from the Earth is stupid - especially since we are using inefficient ones on which our societies 'depend' on.
We have the infrastructure, technology and resources to turn this around.

Switch over to recycling all the waste by turning it into abundant highly advanced synthetic materials... and we won't have a problem (even for a rising population - but population counts would eventually level off with education either way).