The two guys behind Australia's first mobile washing machines are Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi. The project launched in June, 2014 and is operating 5 days a week in Brisbane during it's trial run. Hopes are to turn it into a national endeavor, planting mobile washer/dryers throughout the country.
The van currently holds two industrial washers and dryers that were donated and their company, Orange Sky Laundry, has three main goals: Raise health standards, restore respect and reduce strain on resources.
They have certainly been making good on thier goals. People using the service have expressed an increase in self confidence (sometimes dirty clothes are the only thing keeping someone from landing a job).
Since inception, the company has grown and now has 7 board members, as well as a second van, donated and operational in Cairns.
In addition to helping homeless in urban environments, Orange Sky Laundy is on standby to help people affected by natural disasters.
Watch Lucas and Nicholas talk about the company