ISSUE 17  |  North Country

Made in Canada: The World’s Best Laundry Pulley

May 01, 2014 3:00 PM

BY Julie Carlson

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: The zinc castings from Solar Drying Systems are manufactured and assembled in Canada and the clothesline wire is imported from Europe. Solar Drying Systems’ Sunkeeper Clothesline Kits in a five-, six-, or eight-foot pulley length, are available directly through Solar Drying Systems.

Above: 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); $62.

Above: Our favorite source for cedar laundry posts is the Vermont Clothesline Company; $95 each.

For an alternative clothesline, have a look at one of our favorite products, the Sheila Made Ceiling-Mounted Airer. Then have a look at how actors Amanda Pays and Corbin Bernsen use the Sheila Made in their English-Style Laundry Room.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on May 14, 2012 as part of our issue, The Northern Light.