Did you know that the washing machine in your home most likely contains 25kg of concrete? It’s there to prevent the appliance from jumping around during the spinning cycle. Not the most environmentally friendly piece of kit when it comes to transporting the machines or mixing the concrete that goes inside them. And then there are all those back injuries from trying to shift them around. There has to be a better way. And there might just be. A team from Nottingham University has come up with the novel idea to replace the concrete with a sealable plastic container that is filled with water once the machine is in place. Without the water the weight of the washing machine is cut by a third making it much easier and cheaper to lug around, thereby cutting the fuel emissions of the trucks that are used to transport them. When you consider around 3.5 million washing machines are sold each year in the UK, research suggests carbon dioxide emissions could be cut by an estimated 44,625 tonnes a year. The invention is the work of Tochi Tech Ltd which works closely with Nottingham University to come up with innovative appliances. Undergraduate Dylan Knight, who tested the machine, said, “Everyone thinks the idea must have been thought of before. No one can really believe it. But I promise you it definitely works.” Tochi Tech is currently in discussions with manufacturers with regards to rolling out their new design and presumably to clean up.