Mary Lou Sayer
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The Americans 'drying for freedom'

Rules imposed by community associations and landlords in the US forbid tens of millions of home owners from drying their washing outside because they say it is unsightly and lowers property prices.

But a number of clothes line rebels have risked legal action by disobeying these rules, saying it is the duty of Americans to reduce their carbon footprint and leave their energy-hungry tumble dryers idle.

On Sunday their supporters will make their feelings known by holding a rally in Concord, New Hampshire to promote line drying.

One resident of Concord, Mary Lou Sayer showed documentary maker Steven Lake how she has to dry her clothes, given local regulations.

Clip from Drying For Freedom, courtesy of Steven Lake

  • 07 Oct 2010