Did you know that in many communities across the country, Australians do not have access to reliable washing facilities?
For people living in remote or disadvantaged communities, the idea of owning their own laundry machine or dryer is something that is simply out of reach. For many Indigenous communities, as well as for people experiencing homelessness, laundry facilities may be too costly to justify.
This puts people at risk of sacrificing personal hygiene and dignity, which is something that no one should have to do.
This is what gave Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett the idea for Orange Sky – Australia’s first free mobile laundry service. After launching the Waru Dryer last month, which is possibly the world’s first fuel-powered and solar battery-operated clothes dryer, the not-for-profit Orange Sky have now launched a travelling solar-powered laundry van in collaboration with REDARC and Canva.
The world’s first solar-powered laundry van is equipped with three washers and three dryers, providing access to free laundry services and warm showers to the community.
One of Orange Sky’s goals is to create “a safe, positive and supportive environment for people who are too often ignored or who feel disconnected from the community”.