February 10, 2022/Climate & Sustainability, Featured
Let’s talk laundry!
Oxwash – the company making caring for our clothes cool. Founded in 2017 by Dr Kyle Grant, Oxwash is on a mission to rethink and re-engineer every single step in the process of how we wash our clothes. Each detail is taken into consideration by a dedicated and determined team, trailblazing towards their goal of eradicating the impact of washing on the world’s ecosystems. Years working at NASA/SpaceX has given Kyle the ability to tackle the technology from a unique perspective, thinking outside the box and innovating each aspect of chain.
Eddie and Rosie were lucky enough to take a trip to Oxwash’s London lagoon, where Kyle gave them a taste of the laundry life!
No petrol guzzling vans for Oxwash, they keep their team fit using zero emissions e-cargo bikes to collect and deliver. Cleaning up the traffic, each member of their e-cargo fleet saves 6,700kg of CO2 per year. In 2021 the fleet cycled over 50,400 miles, figures that in a standard van would have produced around 19 tonnes of CO2.
Load It Up
Oxwash-ing machines are built with IOT connected technology. This means that once items are loaded into the machines a signal is sent to an auto-dosage system, connected to an in-house database. So whether it’s a pair of pants or a cashmere cardi, the precise proportion of a particular detergent is used to ensure that each item is treated with care, efficiency and sustainability in mind.
It’s All Chemistry
From stain removers to disinfectants, Oxwash only uses hypoallergenic detergents devoid of any harsh or toxic chemicals. With no risk of any sulphates or phosphates sneaking into the wash, our skin is safer and the environment is cleaner.
Simple As That
Ammonium Hydroxide, Methylisothiazolinone, Sodium Hypochlorite – troublesome ingredients found in your typical stain remover. What do Oxwash use?
Air pressure and water.
A Load Off Your Mind
Microfibres from clothes laundry are responsible for 85% of shoreline pollution and 35% of all plastic in the ocean originates from the washing of textiles. The machines that Oxwash use allow for garments to be cleaned gently, minimising friction and preventing unnecessary microfibres from shedding. They are also able to filter 1 million polyester, cotton and polyamide fibres per kilogram, per wash, with a fitted filtration system.
Out Of This World
The one of a kind Ozone Generator. This space-tech machine fires ozone into the washing machines to serve as an effective cleaning agent. After working as an engineer at NASA/SpaceX, Kyle discovered that the technologies employed to deodorize spacesuits and the interior of spaceships, could be applied to everyday laundry. But how does it work? Glad you asked. Ozone breaks down in the washing machine, releasing a single oxygen atom 01, and molecular oxygen 02. These instantly bond with the first thing that they come into contact with, neutralizing stains, odours, proteins, organics and biological contaminants, before decaying back into O2 and returning into the atmosphere. Mind blown.
The Oxwash Clothes Former is designed specifically to reshape garments after their wash. Garments are first given a blast of warm steam from the inside out, loosening fibres and shaping the item correctly. Cool air is then used to set the fibres in ship shape.
Pressed for Time
This is the roller iron – it can iron sheets and bedding in under a minute. One single minute. Items iron better when they are left slightly damp, so this superhero piece of kit also helps eliminate the final bit of moisture from the textile as it’s ironed. There is word of it executing a mean hospital corner as well…
There really are no compromises at Oxwash. If a single aspect doesn’t meet their high standards of both sustainability and quality, then it is back to the drawing board. There is a distinct energy of intense ambition at Oxwash. A push for more innovation and new, one of a kind technologies. They have a tangible determination to clean up the world. One wash at a time.
To find out more about Oxwash and send your laundry off for a proper clean, visit their website at www.oxwash.com
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