Line dried laundry is an almost perfect example of green living for a lot of reasons. My personal top reason to line dry is sadly not related to green living, it's the incredible fresh scent of line dried linens - a smell that captures summer like nothing else. Project Laundry List has provided a great Top Ten list of reasons to line dry, including the ways that it lowers your impact on the planet, outlined below.
Project Laundry List has been covered quite extensively on Re-nest, they are a non-profit that aims to block bans against laundry lines, as well as promote air-drying and cold-water laundry washing. Their list of Top Ten reasons to line dry is copied below, but their site is also well worth checking out for comprehensive information on greening your laundry.
- Save money (more than $25/month off electric bill for many households).
- Clothes last longer. Where do you think lint comes from?
- Clothes and linens smell better without adding possibly toxic chemicals to your body and the environment.
- Conserve energy and the environment, while reducing climate change.
- It is moderate physical activity which you can do in or outside. You can even lose weight!
- Sunlight bleaches and disinfects.
- Indoor racks can humidify in dry winter weather.
- Clothes dryer and washing machine fires account for about 17,700 structure fires, 15 deaths, and 360 injuries annually. The yearly national fire loss for clothes dryer fires in structures is estimated at $194 million. See a diagram of the critical danger zones of the dryer.
- It is fun! And can be an outdoor experience that is meditative and community-building. It may also help you avoid depression.
- Demonstrates that small steps can make a difference. You don't have to wait for the government to take action!
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