This Dishwasher Fits on a Countertop and Uses No Electricity

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A crank of a handle, a jet of water, a touch of sodium acetate and presto! Clean dishes. The Circo dishwasher, created by Israeli designer Chen Levin, is an off-the-grid, on-the-counter dishwasher that uses zero electricity and only a small amount of water. The device is still in the final prototype stage, but already making waves in the market of sustainable products. The concept is simple: the hand-powered crank releases a jet of water, which is heated by a sodium acetate tablet. One minute later, the dishes are clean.

Though you would think a dishwasher uses more energy than hand washing dishes, in fact, the opposite is true. Washing dishes by hand uses twice as much energy and a lot more water than a new, efficient dishwasher. But for those who don’t have the luxury of a dishwasher (or simply the space), Circo may one day be the answer.

Increasing global populations means more crowded cities means less space, which is why the key is in the compactness. The Circo dishwasher is fit for a countertop, but also doubles as a drying rack to save room.

As way to reduce waste, save space, and conserve water – the Circo dishwasher is truly an appliance of the future.

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