Laundry Advocacy Programs
Project Laundry List’s signature advocacy campaign, which has become synonymous with our mission, is the “right to dry.” We advocate replacing megawatts with negawatts.
Many people in the United States, Canada, and, increasingly, in other parts of the world (Uzbek Capital Cracks Down On Clotheslines and Anti-laundry patrols clean up Al Ain) are not allowed to hang out their clothes to dry in the sun. Think about that!
Community covenants, landlord prohibitions, and zoning laws are the three primary means of stopping people from using clotheslines. State, local, and federal legislators are encouraged to introduce "Right to Dry" legislation to stem this growing problem; government executives and commissioners are encouraged to act by executive order or rule-making. It is time for us to re-claim their rights and shine the sun on common sense solutions.
Clotheslines are banned by tens of thousands of homeowners' associations nation-wide.
Through a public airing of communities and landlords that prohibit the clothesline, we aim to encourage the use of the clothesline.
We work with community activists to bring about a change in local policy. We maintain a Community Registry of places that ban or restrict clothesline use. We will soon begin a registry of places that are friendly to the outdoor clothesline. They will be listed as DryRite Communities.
Project Laundry List started when Middlebury College students, concerned about Hydro-Quebec's plans for major dam projects and the expansion of nuclear power, started to hang political messages on a clothesline.