ASU Center for Organization Research and Design

A Life-cycle Comparison of Clothes Washing Alternatives

by Luis Garcilaso; Kari L. Jordan; Vishesh Kumar; Margot J. Hutchins; John W. Sutherland

Jan 1, 2007

Several clothes washing alternatives are investigated with a specific emphasis on characterizing the benefit, if any, associated with servicizing a washing machine product. The pay for use alternative will consider a laundromat, in which people wash their clothes and pay a fee for that service. Another alternative is selling washing machines for home use. The alternatives are evaluated in terms of their economic costs and environmental impacts to provide a quantitative comparison of the alternatives. The environmental evaluation is obtained using SimaPro 7.0. Specific measures of performance that are considered include costs, energy, and water usage.

A Life-cycle Comparison of Clothes Washing Alternatives