Lehigh and Stewi Clotheslines: A Really Simple Green Product
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This being Earth Day--in fact the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day!--I thought it made sense to profile a really simple, really green product: the clothesline. In digging into clotheslines, I came across a number of manufacturers, including ... Lehigh is the largest North American manufacturer of cordage and outdoor clothesline systems, which are variously referred to as "outdoor clothes dryers," "outdoor drying racks," and "outdoor rotary dryers." Lehigh offers a range of outdoor clothes dryers, retractable clothes lines, and cordage. While Lehigh offers vinyl-clad clothesline (cordage), I'd opt for the non-coated product, of which there are a variety of options. An umbrella-style, folding-aluminum outdoor clothes dryer from Lehigh retails for about $40 in the Secureline brand, including the cordage. These are sold through Home Depot and other retail outlets. By Earth Day 2011, the Secureline brand will include a 100%-recycled-content clothesline, according to Lehigh. Stewi makes both outdoor and indoor drying racks, including stylish hinge-down models that can be used indoors. There are premium products that carry significantly higher pricetags. The Stewi "First Lady" outdoor rotary dryer retails for about $225. These are distributed in North America by Stenic Products in Markham, Ontario, which also sells them online. In addition to saving energy and the environmental impacts associated with dryer use, drying clothes outdoors significantly reduces wear and tear on clothes (the lint in a dryer is clear evidence of that wear-and-tear--though some fabrics may fade in bright sunlight), kills bacteria, leaves clothes smelling fresh, and gets you outside in the sun (the best source of vitamin D!). For more information: The Lehigh Group Macungie, Pennsylvania 800-523-9382, 610-966-9702 www.lehighgroup.com Stenic Products Markham, Ontario 888-763-5928, 905-763-5928 www.stenicproducts.com I invite you to share comments on this blog. Alex Wilson is the executive editor of Environmental Building News and founder of BuildingGreen, LLC. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feeds . Here's his blog on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and how far we have (or haven't) come. Photo of Lehigh Secureline umbrella-style outdoor clothes rack. Source: Lehigh Secureline.