This Portable Shower Can Reuse the Same Water to Keep You Clean for Two Weeks
This could change camping (and maybe even the world).
March 17, 2016
Half the fun in camping is the fact that you're forced to get grubby, as you and your fellow campmates collectively get back to nature and forgo the modern luxury of a shower. This is all well and good for a few days, until everyone gets a little sweaty, a little dirt-caked and probably a little grumpy.
You see, the problem with showers is that they're usually set pretty firmly in one place. They need a water source, drainage, electricity — basically, they're the first thing you forgo when you leave the safety of a modern building. But the geniuses at Tokyo-based startup Hotaru are set to change that, with a portable water-recycling shower that can be set up almost anywhere.
So how does it work? The shower holds about 19 litres of water, which is then purified and reused for the next person who hops in. Hotaru claims that a family of three could each take a five-minute shower each day for up to two weeks. That's over 40 showers on less than 20 litres of water. While the possibilities for where the shower can go are pretty endless, it does need to be hooked up to a power source — although, according to Hotaru, a car will do the trick.
This new sustainable shower was spotted by TechCrunch at SXSW this week, and is expected to go to market sometime next year. It's not only great news for campers, but the technology could really change how we recycle and make the most of our water.
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