“a pleasant experience that feels just as comfortable and invigorating as a ‘normal’ shower.[…]It’s unusual to obtain such large savings with so little effort.„
-> the lowtechmagazine¹
Daily showering or bathing takes up half of our daily water consumption and the production of hot water is the second biggest use of energy in the home after heating.

A common water boiler connected to a shower uses 22KWh of power which is equal to 10 kettles switched on at the same time.

All wind power generated worldwide in 2017 could only provide 12,5% of the global population with a daily shower

wind turbine

But when showering is regarded a basic necessity it puts us into a dilemma because the water use and carbon emmissions of a daily shower are clearly unsustainable

Using mist can offer a more considered approach, by using a fraction of the water and heat whilst creating a sensorial bathing experience.
mist shower

Richard Buckminster Fuller invented the first mist shower in 1936 as part of his Dymaxion bathroom.

dymaxion bathroom

Skylab, the first american space station, had a similar zero-gravity shower system and more research was done in the 70s by the canadian Minimum Housing Group

NASA Skylab shower

The reason why mist showers haven't been popular so far is because former experiments were always exclusively focusing on efficiency which is why none of them were said to be very comfortable. But a mist shower does not have to be a bad compromise!

Showers are so popular because they are not only fast and practical, but they also provide a sensual experience and offer stress relief. Therefore the Minimal Water project is aiming at finding a smart balance between efficiency and comfort. The key is to use 3-6 nozzles, and to place them strategically close around the body, which improves the comfort significantly compared to 1 nozzle showers. The water consumption is still 5 times less than a normal shower head and 10 times less than a rain shower. An initial solution is this DIY hack, which can turn a home shower into a mist shower. It consumes five times less water and is just as comfortable and invigorating as a conventional shower, although the sensation is hardly comparable.

Mist Shower Hack Kit
how could our future bathrooms look like built around the use of mist?

Using a fraction of water to shower offers a huge potential to downscale the infrastructure connected to the bathroom

infrastructure
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