Project Laundry List

Project Laundry List

Stephanie Kinnear
Nov 14, 2007

Clothesline controversy!

It sounds like an oxymoron. Clotheslines are so pleasant, so old-school, so inherently uncontroversial. Right? Wrong. In fact, clotheslines are actually banned in many American communities.

Project Laundry List, a nonprofit we learned about just last night during an NPR radio segment, is working to pass legislation that would change that.

The most interesting/upsetting stats from the news piece:

• In America 60 million people live in areas where clotheslines are banned or restricted.
• 6-10 percent of residential energy consumption goes towards the electric clothes dryer.
• 12 states have passed laws that protect clotheslines.

Clotheslines are often banned because of aesthetic concerns (i.e., homeowners worried about the look of clotheslines bringing down their property value). Is this a valid concern? Is this something you would/do worry about as a homeowner?

Here is Project Laundry List's tally of some of the American communities that restrict or ban clotheslines. Is yours on it?

Related post:
Cool Green Throwback: Clotheslines

Image Via: Annalisa Parent

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