Clotheslines Across America
Did you know that drying clothes outside on a clothesline is illegal in some states? Alexander Lee has spent more than a decade trying to change this. Founder and executive director of Project Laundry List Mr. Lee says, "I have been working to make clotheslines a ubiquitous part of the American landscape, as they are in most other nations. We launched National Hanging Out Day (April 19) in 1998 and in 2007 we made the front page of the Wall Street Journal for starting a green movement. Today, there is legislation that will make it possible for more people to use outdoor clotheslines being considered in seven states from Hawaii to Maine."
Mr. Lee is now on tour, traveling to nine cities and towns including New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; and Washington, DC. British filmmaker Steven Lake will follow his every move. Project Laundry List is making air-drying and cold-water washing acceptable and desirable as simple and effective ways to save energy when cleaning your clothes.
Over the next year, Project Laundry List seeks to post a picture of a clothesline from every populated municipality in the United States to Clotheslines Across America. The tour is designed to put pressure on the White House to install a clothesline there once again.
Project Laundry List estimates that more than 15% of residential energy gets eaten up by the tumble dryer and by washing with warm or hot water in the median American household.