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The Surprisingly Eco-Friendly Reason To Put Plastic In Your Washing Machine

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Installing washing machines is not always the most pleasant task. Often, they contain concrete blocks that keep them from flinging around during a rapid spin cycle, which makes them one of the heavier appliances in your home. In spite of being practical, the weight of these machines creates a burden on the environment in multiple ways, but a group of researchers at Nottingham Trent University recently discovered an interesting solution: Plastic.

Instead of using a concrete block, a chunk of hollow plastic is placed at the bottom of the washing machine. It weighs only 6.5 pounds compared to a concrete block that averages 55 pounds, significantly reducing the weight of the machine. How can something that weighs this little prevent a washing machine from shaking? Easy: It’s filled up with water after the unit is installed.