I am quite passionate about my clothesline and air-drying in the sense that it’s best for my clothes and the environment. I love the aesthetics, simple beauty and act of hanging my laundry. I guess I’ve been blissfully unaware, until recently, that this simple process is quite controversial in several states and in many HOA’s, where it is outlawed.
I’ve recently gotten involved with blogging (I’m a Clothes Pegger!) for a fantastic non-profit, Project Laundry List, www.laundrylist.org. Project Laundry List is working to make air-drying acceptable in more places. They are also promoting it as a way to save energy and money. The Executive Director of Laundry List, Alexander Lee, has told me that there have been several states that recently passed ‘Right to Dry’ legislation. Vermont’s is in effect, Maine and Hawaii have passed legislation and are awaiting gubernatorial signatures.
There is also a push to get a clothesline installed in the White House. I mean, they have a garden now – a clothesline would be the perfect compliment! What better way to spread the word about energy-saving clothesline use than by having President or Mrs. Obama (or even Sasha or Malia) hanging laundry! Ben Davis at Right 2 Dry, www.right2dry.org is conducting a campaign to petition the White House to hang a clothesline. I urge you to sign the petition…and put up a clothesline in your own back yard while you’re at it!
Governor Davis (Republican) of Vermont uses a clothesline. Governor Schwarzenegger (Republican) of California has spoken out for the use of clotheslines in his Earth Day speech. Maybe there could be some good-natured, all-in-fun competition to the Democrats in Washington to do the same!
Alexander Lee’s wish is to have a clothesline in the White House by September 9th, when he will be in Washington. Ever-practical me thinks it should be up NOW…think of all the lovely summer drying-weather that they will miss otherwise!
Meanwhile, I will continue to hang my laundry and enjoy the fabulous drying-days of summer. Why don’t you?
Marilyn, as I think you know I live in one of those subdivisions where the HOA rules forbid us to have clotheslines. I have always had clothesline at my other homes and it’s something I miss greatly 🙁
I know! It’s terribly sad when people in certain HOA’s have to resort to subterfuge to simply air-dry their laundry. 🙁