Fight For Your Right... to Dry
First is was the slow food movement. Next it was slow fashion and slow furniture. Could the glamorous world of laundry be the next slow revolution? As people look for ways to decrease their energy consumption, clotheslines are steadily returning to the American landscape. However, this return to one of the original forms of solar power is being hampered (gotta love laundry puns) in some places. Some local municipalities and many homeowners associations prohibit the use of outdoor clotheslines citing aesthetic and property value concerns. Thankfully, state governments are getting involved in the "Right to Dry" movement. North Carolina recently passed a law that may override the ability for homeowners associations and municipalities to ban clotheslines - and in Vermont and New Hampshire, movements are under way to do the same. As for those aesthetic concerns brought up in opposition to outdoor clotheslines, we think they are a bit off base. In areas where we no longer build front porches or walk to the market, clotheslines are not only a simple way to use less energy, they are also a way to bring human activity back to neighborhoods. So, as always, we are turning to the talents of you, our readers, for help dispelling the myth of the ugly clothesline. Readers with an eye for design, we want you to take artistic photos of outdoor clotheslines that show both beauty and vitality. Post your photos on Flickr with the tag "treehuggerclothesline" and we will highlight the best shots on TreeHugger in the upcoming weeks.
Apartment dwellers and clothesline prohibited TreeHuggers: stay tuned for some TH-recommended indoor solutions.