A new washing machine uses just a single cup of water to clean an entire load of clothes, saving a ton of both water and energy every time its used. The secret? Little plastic chips that it uses to absorb the dirt from your clothes. The water is heated up enough to dissolve the dirt, then the chips absorb it. The chips are removed at the end of the wash and can be reused up to 100 times.
The machine uses a mere 2% of the energy and water of a traditional machine, a difference that could save millions of gallons of water and countless amounts of energy each year if widespread. It's a pretty huge advancement, one that people should be clamouring to get into their homes as soon as it hits the market.