For the price of an electric dryer that sucks up dollars forever, you can get Nature's Dryer built out of steel to look like a sculptural, abstract looking tree."While so many people in the world's developed countries have grown far too comfortable wasting energy, almost overnight, issues surrounding global warming and increasing greenhouse gas emissions are now at the forefront of the agenda," said Debra Jones, inventor of Nature's Dryer. "What's especially exciting is at the individual level, more consumers are recognizing the important role they play and want to change their behaviour to reduce energy consumption." ::Nature's Dryer
We recently profiled the cord-o-clip, the remarkable new reinvention of the clothesline that automatically feeds the clothing into the clothespins, sort of like getting them caught in a zipper. The developers tell us that since its debut in TreeHugger sales have taken off and they now have US distribution deals. No more clothespins in your teeth, it is like having a third hand helping you out. Handcranked server often is down, but try to connect at ::Cordoclip or the Clothesline Shop for $164. A commenter on the original post suggested that this was a lot of money for a clothesline; I would respond that it is a lot of clothesline for the money, with custom North-American made parts and a lot of technology. See it at the ::Green Living Show.
UPDATE: Here is a more stable website with more information. ::Cord-o-clip
4:41 video of cord-o-clip in action
Why are we so backward about this in North America? Warren tells us that in Australia, "The adjustable rotary clothesline, known as the Hills Hoist, is such a part of our psyche it is exhibited in national and state museums, and was even incorporated into the closing ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games." He notes also that "Sunshine is a brilliant steriliser, so your clothes will smell great too. And according to Laundry List you'll be safer as a result. They reckon that annually in the U.S., clothes dryer fires account for about 15,600 structure fires, 15 deaths, and 400 injuries." More at Clotheslines Hung Out to Dry
Just because you live in an apartment doesn't mean you can't join the party on Saturday. There are lots of different designs of racks that can by dropped from ceilings or set up over the bathtub so that you can do it inside. See a few of them at Right to Dry for Apartment Dwellers.
I think that the way they do it in Singapore is quite attractive, sticking all those bamboo poles out the window like flags for a parade. But we are so restrained in North America and Europe, so here are some more systems for hanging in. ::Today is Hanging Out Day, But You Can Hang In Too
He got no response; perhaps we needed to put up a prize. So whoever submits the best picture, as chosen by an esteemed panel of judges, will receive a copy or James Howard Kunstler's A World Made By Hand, a world without clothes dryers, where this entire debate would be met with a blank stare.