Wash-It (Sustainable Washing Unit) by Ahmet Burak Aktas, Salih Berk Ilhan, Adem Önalan, Burak Söylemez .
2012 - 2013, Silver A' Futuristic Design Award Winner
Excessive water consumption has been a serious problem and considered by numerous institutions and organizations all over the world. We did some research to find some quantitative data about this problem and found that a person uses approximately 150 liters of water for a 15 minute shower, 12 liters for flushing the toilet (in a day), 3 liters for washing hands (in a day), and 38 liters for using washing machine (every week). The water used is mostly by showering and this grabbed our attention to that particular activity. We analyzed the showering activity, tried to understand the reasons behind the use of that amount of water and tried to find an answer to the question: “How can we encourage people to use less water while showering?”.
Wash-it is a sustainable washing unit concept which integrates the showering and clothes-washing activities in order to filter and reuse the water. Therefore, Wash-it enables users to wash their clothing while showering. Every time the users take a shower, they will have an opportunity to wash their clothing without using any extra water. Wash-it offers a second design solution specially for public usage. Public Wash-it has the ability to refresh clothes with Air-wash technology. Thus, users may take their cleaned clothing back quickly, without bad odors and sweat.
Design Challenges
The challenge was to reduce the water waste in bathroom. The water is wasted mostly by showering, which means this particular activity has to be reconfigured in order to save water. On the other hand, a nice calm shower is relaxing for the people. Limiting this pleasure wouldn't be a good solution. So the result should fit users’ life easily, without limiting anything about that activity, but adding a value to that. That was the real challenge.
Production Technology
Main acrylic (PMMA) body parts can be produced separately by thermoforming, then joined together with the help of snap fits and mechanical joints. The part that holds inner elements can be disassembled for maintenance.
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