Alex Cabunoc, based in Los Angeles, has developed ‘Giradora’, a human-powered washer and spin dryer which has been designed to increase the efficiency and experience of washing clothes in areas which do not have access to running water and power. This could be used with great advantage in a grid-down scenario, off-grid homestead or cabin, and even while camping!
The project evolved at the Art Center College of Design, where students were challenged by a South American NGO to create a product as part of their ‘Safe Agua Peru’ project, aiming to alleviate water poverty in the slums of Lima, Peru.
The Giradora seeks to make the process of cleaning more ergonomic, economic, and ecological in the long run.
the user sits upon the drum-like basin which is powered by foot making it ergonomic
Targeted towards families earning between $4-10 USD per day, the resulting unit costs less than $40 USD.
The design is composed of a drum, whose shape is similar to that of a water barrel.