Our product collects water when you shower, and then reuses it for laundry washing, using less water, as well as saving 90% of the energy typically used to heat it than an average washing machine.
I saw a shocking statistic about shower water usage for students yet it was common to visit the laundry room at university and find no spare machines. It made me think – surely there is way to use the abundance of shower water?
I designed a product and made a model during my university placement to develop a proof of principle model. Our target audience is students, but the machine could be used in a variety of accommodation settings. There are significant positive environmental impacts since it uses recycled water and doesn’t need to heat the water. Many people don’t realise but modern detergent actually works best between 15-23 degrees and up 90% of the energy used by the conventional washing machine is used to heat the water.
We see significant potential impact in our business: saving students time and money, reducing their environmental impact, and addressing wider problems such as water shortages.
The Allia x DIF Accelerator Challenge will enable us to build a minimal viable product. We’re also looking for support on how to establish partnerships, so that we can set up a pilot with a university. This would be incredibly useful for us – giving us insight into how the product is used in day-to-day life, while gathering feedback from users so that we can make any necessary adjustments.
“The Allia x DIF Accelerator Challenge will enable us to build a minimal viable product, and we’re also looking for support on how to establish parternships. This would be incredibly useful for us”