10/27/09 145 W - + 20 - 11 Rethinking Laundry


Here's an interesting New York Times collection of editorials on rethinking laundry in the 21st century, and notably through air-drying instead of machine-drying. Notes Alexander P. Lee, executive directory of Project Laundry List, "the tumble dryer is the second largest energy-consuming appliance and the leading cause of house fires among appliances." The machines aren't efficient, and he says look to other countries for ideas. "Look to Italy and Denmark for guidance. In Italy, only about three or four percent of households own a dryer. In Denmark, newly constructed student housing included space for indoor drying. In China, the bamboo shaft is still a ubiquitous clothesline. In the United States, approximately 80 percent of households own a dryer." Read the entire collection of editorials. Interesting perspectives, and with an obvious tie to the fire service. Fewer dryers equals fewer dryer fires.





  
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