Water conservation is one of the biggest issues on the planet these days, and the washing machine is one of the biggest water hoarders. While you might soon be able to wash your clothes with leftover water from your shower, sometimes you might want to skip washing them at all. This is where Bye Bye Laundry come into play.
Created by recent Kingston graduate Lisa Marie Bengtsson, Bye Bye Laundry aims to reduce the number of times you put your clothes through the wash. Bye Bye Laundry is a system that uses coal-filter hangers to help aerate the clothes and eliminate odor without using any water.
Each hanger includes a small container filled with activated charcoal: Activated charcoal goes through a process that makes it very porous and thus able to absorb odors and chemicals. After hanging on the Bye Bye Laundry for a day or two, the garment should be fresh again and ready to wear. You can refill the charcoal and swap out the filter to keep the hanger working.
According to Lisa, "we wash our clothes much more than needed and it harms both the clothes and the planet." She created this project to "[reflect] on our attitude towards dirt with aim to make people use less water and to change our washing behavior." And indeed, Bye Bye Laundry is about more than just saving water, it's about changing the way we look at things. do we really need to use so much water to get our clothes clean?