Hyatt Regency Installs Xeros ‘Waterless’ Washing Machines

A few months ago, EarthTechling brought you news of a revolutionary washing machine concept that uses 90 percent less water than a conventional machine. Only recently out of its prototype stage at the time, the Xeros was celebrating its first American installation at a New Hampshire linen company. Now, the company has announced that the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Virginia, will begin using Xeros’ proprietary cleaning solution for its guestrooms and restaurant.

Now, all of the hotel’s guest and dining room linens and bath towels will be laundered in Xeros’ virtually-waterless washing machine. The switch means the hotel will use fewer chemicals and less energy, in addition to far less water. As a result, it could cut laundry costs by between 45 and 65 percent.

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Did you know that hotels in the United States consume over 400 million gallons of fresh water daily just to launder sheets and towels? Rather than depending on hot water and soap to lift dirt and oils out of dirty linens, the Xeros machine uses polymer beads and a special detergent. As the front-loading machine agitates the garments, dirt from soiled items is attracted and absorbed by the beads, producing cleaner results than aqueous washing methods.

In tests, Xeros’ washing machine concept has been shown to use 70-90 percent less water than traditional washing machines, consume approximately 40-60 percent  less chemicals than traditional methods, and reduce energy use up 65 percent. The patented beads are capable of hundreds of washes before reaching life span, after which they can be collected and recycled

“We are optimistic and encouraged by what the Xeros technology could mean for the future of laundry services and our industry,” said David Eisenman, General Manager for the Hyatt Regency Reston. “Through our relationship with Xeros, we will be able to meet the needs of our guests, while at the same time reducing our utility consumption and carbon footprint in the world.”

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog