Kao is preparing to send a duo of its products to a galaxy far far away, or specifically the International Space Station, with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in 2022.
Among the products selected to take the minimum four-hour trip to the spacecraft is the Japanese conglomerate’s new 3D Space Shampoo Sheet.
With water being a precious resource upon a spaceship, and a weightless environment posing challenges for washing hair, Kao’s new non-woven fabric sheets have been developed with an uneven three-dimensional shape that does not need water to wash the hair.
The raised bumps on the sheet contain a cleanser that wipes away dirt and sebum from the scalp and roots, and leaves a refreshing scent.
Kao's Space Laundry Sheet and 3D Space Shampoo Sheet
Meanwhile, Kao’s Space Laundry Sheet will also be deployed into space to help astronauts keep their clothes clean.
The spot cleaning product is designed to remove dirt and stains, while the sheets’ antimicrobial and deodorising ingredients keep clothes smelling fresh.
Kao is also hoping that it can use the expertise it has garnered during this research process to develop products, not just for life in space, but for Earth during times of disaster and in countries that are experiencing water shortages.
“Kao will continue to conduct research on ways to achieve sustainable washing and cleanliness without using water,” said the brand.