Most of the people in this planet, mostly women, wash clothes by hand in harsh conditions related to poverty, lack of sanitation, water or energy. The biggest problem is the time and the energy consumed for this task: hours and hours per week, real painful task for the body and mind, during most of their life…
In rich countries, women started to emancipate themselves, started to be educated, started to have time for themselves and their children when washing machines arrived in the first half of the XXth century. This was a major step in gender equality, a big step in human rights. Could the future of the world be linked to washing technologies ?
if you live in a rich country, ask your grandmothers ! their answer will surprise you !
The open source washing machine project aims to rethink the technological and sociological ways we wash clothes around the world, in accordance with economical, cultural and environemental aspects.
Is it possible to rethink some technical, sociological and economical concepts of washing clothes ? is it possible to create new modes, new technologies, new ways to liberate people in this task, in a consciousness of sustainable developpement and respect of the natural and human environment ?
The Open Source Washing machine project raise also other questions : how to implicate people in the project in rich AND poor countries ? how to create links between people without the waste of money of some ONG businesses ? How the model of self-organisation and technological autarchy will be crucial in the next years, when the effects of the energy/climate crisis will affect deeply all civilisation ? how important are Free Libre Open technologies in such a project ? and many, many other questions about developpement and technological colonialism !
Help us to find some solutions, to organize workshops, to create links with other parallel projects ( about water, health, environement,…) to improve the project and the website, to harvest informations about technologies and natural detergents !
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Open Office format ( 5 Mo): http://www.craslab.org/persojn/bricolabs/OSwash.odp
PDF format, ( 5 Mo): http://www.craslab.org/persojn/bricolabs/OSwash.pdf