The future is now, according to a team of scientists led by a French chemist who developed a mesh laundry bag.
They say the new bag can be made to stay up to a metre deep in water, is waterproof and recycles plastic.
The bag could also be used to wash clothes and clothes for other people in the city.
But the team’s breakthrough has the potential to change how people use and use fabric, said Dr Philippe LeBlanc of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland.
The paper’s authors are the EPFL scientists who have developed a new system of “sustainable fabric” to replace a number of products, including clothes and footwear.
These include traditional mesh, which is made of polyester, nylon, polyurethane and polyester resin.
The fabric is woven together using special machines to cut out the mesh, and then woven into a mesh bag.
This process makes it much more durable than traditional fabrics.
“It’s the ultimate way to make the fabric,” said Dr LeBlac, a professor at the EPFC.
“You can put it in your washing machine and wash it without worrying about water.”
But while the researchers say they have been able to produce a high-quality bag, they have yet to demonstrate that the fabric can be used in a water-tight fashion.
The bags are made of woven nylon, which means the fabric is less than one centimetre (0.4in) thick, and therefore not as waterproof as polyester.
Dr Leblanc and his team believe that the new fabric can handle a wide range of environmental conditions, including low temperatures and pressure, and is less likely to get caught in the rain.
In addition to making the bags more durable, the team says it can be recycled.
In particular, the researchers claim that it is possible to make a fabric that recycles plastics and metal by using its weave to create micro-dots, which the team calls “microplastics”.
The researchers have been working on this technology for years, but their work has only just been published.
“The new material is very simple, it’s very cheap, it has the properties of a new material,” Dr Le Blanc said.
“We hope to be able to do this in the next 20 to 30 years.”
The team has developed a process to produce microplastics, which can then be used as a replacement material in a number new products.
For example, the new material could be used for bags to make clothes or shoes.
“In the next few years, we will be able not only to make microplastic bags but also microplasmas, like you can see in this video,” he said.
The new material has also been shown to work well on microbeads, which are small plastic beads used in some products such as toothpaste.
But there are still several hurdles before the material is widely used.
It will be several years before it is commercially available.
In the meantime, the scientists are looking for funding to develop a better manufacturing process.
“What we want to do is to develop new materials and better processes,” Dr LesBlanc said.