Beth Shea

Swirl: A Washing Machine in a Ball for Laundry in Developing Nations

by , 02/07/10

ball,  design for health,  developing nations,  eco play,  humanitarian design,  non-electric washing machine,  swirl,  toy,  washing machine,  water barrel

Imagine if you could kick, bunt and play your way to clean clothing. Well Swirl, an innovative new concept for easy laundering on the go lets people do just that. This colorful ball (which we wish had been entered into the Greener Gadgets design competition) designed by German-based designaffairs Studio lets people fill it up with dirty clothes, water and soap and then the rotational motion of soccer and play does all the work. This could be especially effective in developing nations where water sources are located a far distance from homes making hauling and washing clothes a real drag. Just be prepared to fend off the mobs of kids lining up and begging you to help you with the laundry!

READ MORE AT INHABITOTS >

Related Posts

LEAVE A COMMENT

or your inhabitat account below

Let's make sure you're a real person:


4 Comments

  1. anitabegreen May 4, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Does anyone know where I can buy a Swirl washing ball if I don’t live in a developing country?

  2. zackaders February 8, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    Standing in one place using a wash basin has yet to be topped. Not to mention the physical difficulty of playing with a ball full of clothes and water.

  3. Androo February 7, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Not to mention, buying plastic gadgets to do laundry (where elbow grease suffices just fine) is probably not a very high priority in developing countries.

    More designers need to spend some time in Africa before they come up with concepts for the place…

  4. NotSoDumb February 5, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Although the idea sounds good, the ball would be too large and unbalanced to play soccer with.

  • Read Inhabitat

  • Search Categories

  • Recent Posts

  • Recent Comments

  • Browse by Keyword

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
What are you looking for? (Solar, HVAC, etc.)
Where are you located?