Our laundry obsession continues: we recently found a retro-looking outdoor clothesline system at Kiosk, made by a family-owned Canadian company in business since 1946.
According to the owners of Solar Drying Systems, "The company was created by our grandfather, Harold Wright. He looked at the clotheslines strung out around his neighborhood and watched as people walked back and forth putting clothes on the line. 'What if you could walk out of your house and stand in one place to hang your clothes?' he thought."
The case for line drying your clothes is compelling, starting with this statistic: Electric dryers use 5 to 10 percent of residential energy. If you're ready to convert to the outdoor drying, go to Solar Drying Systems for ordering information.
Above: A simple laundry pulley; photo via Flickr. The zinc castings from Solar Drying Systems are manufactured and assembled in Canada and the clothesline wire is imported from Europe.
Above L: Kiosk in NYC sells a Clothesline Pulley Set that includes two pulleys and 100 feet of emerald green line (which equals 50 feet when installed); $56. Above R: eZoetic sells the Sunkeeper system in sets; prices start at 450.49 for a 5-Foot Pulley Breezecatcher Kit and go up to $110.29 for an 8-Foot Big Kahuna Kit.
Above: Our favorite source for cedar laundry posts is the Vermont Clothesline Company; $95 each.