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Getting off the grid just got a bit easier thanks to this low-tech laundry machine.

It's not easy getting off the grid, but this machine makes it a little less challenging.

Getting off the grid just got a bit easier thanks to this low-tech laundry machine.

Getting off the grid can be tricky, but one little washing machine might be a sign that we're on the path to an easier way to disconnect.

This little bin is called the Drumi, and it's a lightweight, compact, foot-powered, and affordable alternative (with some restrictions I discuss below) to your standard, everyday washing machine.


Each cycle takes about five minutes, and can hold roughly five pounds of clothing (six or seven items).

Operation is really simple: Open the container; add clothes, water, and detergent; close the container; and use the foot pump.

When the cycle is finished, you simply open it back up, and drain the water out through the bottom.


The whole thing is really cool.

It has its limits, such as the rather tiny load capacity, but it's a huge step in a much more environmentally-friendly direction.

I don't know about you, but when I do laundry, I tend to have more than six or seven items of clothing.

Also, while it is just five minutes of pedaling, I can see how that might not be doable for people with some physical restrictions.

Still, when you compare it to standard, old-school washing machines, it's a nice way to save on some energy and water.

Like these bad boys shown in the photo below.

Photo by We Make Noise/Flickr.

Older washing machines can use as much as 40 gallons of water per cycle (newer, energy-efficient models use anywhere between 14 and 27 gallons of water). The Yirego Drumi uses around 2.5 gallons per load (but again, it's a pretty small load).

Off-the-grid washing machines have existed for a really long time, but it looks like we might be on the path to having more commercially viable options in the near future.

The machine shown in the below image features a water barrel, water boiler, agitator, and mangle (handles and paddles basically). It's certainly not portable, likely wouldn't be particularly affordable these days, and likely didn't do much in the way of saving on water.

If demand for off-grid washing machines exists, here's hoping that we'll start to see more options that address some of this model's shortcomings and bring us closer to a more environmentally-friendly world.

A woman is shown using an early machine designed to make washing clothes by hand easier, circa 1860. Photo by Chaloner Woods/Getty Images.

It seems like these we won't be seeing these in homes until July 2016. In the meantime, however, you can check out the Drumi promo video.

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Often, parents of children with special needs struggle to find Halloween costumes that will accommodate medical equipment or provide a proper fit. And figuring out how to make one? Yikes.

There's good news; shopDisney has added new ensembles to their already impressive line of adaptive play costumes. And from 8/30 - 9/26, there's a 20% off sale for all costume and costume accessory orders of $75+ with code Spooky.

When looking for the right costume, kids with unique needs have a lot of extra factors to consider: wheelchair wheels get tangled up in too-long material, feeding tubes could get twisted the wrong way, and children with sensory processing disorders struggle with the wrong kind of fabric, seams, or tags. There are a lot of different obstacles that can come between a kid and the ability to wear the costume of their choice, which is why it's so awesome that more and more companies are recognizing the need for inclusive creations that make it easy for everyone to enjoy the magic of make-believe.

Created with inclusivity in mind, the adaptive line is designed to discreetly accommodate tubes or wires from the front or the back, with lots of stretch, extra length and roomier cut, and self-stick fabric closures to make getting dressed hassle-free. The online shop provides details on sizing and breaks down the magical elements of each outfit and accessory, taking the guesswork out of selecting the perfect costume for the whole family.

Your child will be able to defeat Emperor Zurg in comfort with the Buzz Lightyear costume featuring a discreet flap opening at the front for easy tube access, with self-stick fabric closure. There is also an opening at the rear for wheelchair-friendly wear, and longer-length inseams to accommodate seated guests. To infinity and beyond!

An added bonus: many of the costumes offer a coordinating wheelchair cover set to add a major boost of fun. Kids can give their ride a total makeover—all covers are made to fit standard size chairs with 24" wheels—to transform it into anything from The Mandalorian's Razor Crest ship to Cinderella's Coach. Some options even come equipped with sounds and lights!

From babies to adults and adaptive to the group, shopDisney's expansive variety of Halloween costumes and accessories are inclusive of all.

Don't forget about your furry companions! Everyone loves to see a costumed pet trotting around, regardless of the occasion. You can literally dress your four-legged friend to look like Sven from Frozen, which might not sound like something you need in your life but...you totally do. CUTENESS OVERLOAD.

This year has been tough for everyone, so when a child gets that look of unfettered joy that comes from finally getting to wear the costume of their dreams, it's extra rewarding. Don't wait until the last minute to start looking for the right ensemble!


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Earlier this year there was a series of incidents in which Asian-Americans were the targets of racist attacks inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Given all that we've seen in the past half-decade, it makes sense for many to believe that race relations in the U.S. are on the decline.

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Did you know that girls who are encouraged to discover and develop their strengths tend to be more likely to achieve their goals? It's true. The question, however, is how to encourage girls to develop self-confidence and grow up healthy, educated, and independent.

The answer lies in Girls Inc., a national nonprofit serving girls ages 5-18 in more than 350 cities across North America. Since first forming in 1864 to serve girls and young women who were experiencing upheaval in the aftermath of the Civil War, they've been on a mission to inspire girls to kick butt and step into leadership roles — today and in the future.

This is why Macy's has committed to partnering with Girls Inc. and making it easy to support their mission. In a national campaign running throughout September 2021, customers can round up their in-store purchases to the nearest dollar or donate online to support Girls Inc. and empower girls throughout the country.


Kaylin St. Victor, a senior at Brentwood High School in New York, is one of those girls. She became involved in the Long Island affiliate of Girls Inc. when she was in 9th grade, quickly becoming a role model for her peers.

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Within her first year in the organization, she bravely took on speaking opportunities and participated in several summer programs focused on advocacy, leadership, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). "The women that I met each have a story that inspires me to become a better person than I was yesterday," said St. Victor. She credits her time at Girls Inc. with making her stronger and more comfortable in her own skin — confidence that directly translates to high achievement in education and the workforce.

In 2020, Macy's helped raise $1.3 million in support of their STEM and college and career readiness programming for more than 26,000 girls. In fact, according to a recent study, Girls Inc. girls are significantly more likely than their peers to enjoy math and science, to be interested in STEM careers, and to perform better on standardized math tests.

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