Line Dry Your Clothes

Line Dry Now


Doing the laundry is a prime example of a “habit-hiding environmentally taxing practice”.1 Laundering uses water and energy and releases microplastics and chemicals into the environment. Among our laundry-related tools, the clothes dryer is the most energy-intensive, using far more energy than the washing machine. In fact, among all household appliances, the electric clothes dryer accounts for the most significant share of GHG emissions.2

North Americans are the highest users of electric clothes dryers globally.3 In most other countries, drying clothing by line, either indoors or out, is the norm.4,5 The clothes dryer is also a direct source of microfibres to the outdoor environment.3,6

It’s time to rethink our laundering practices. The clothes dryer is a convenient tool for doing the laundry, but in Canada, we have become all too dependent on it.

Reducing your reliance on the clothes dryer as the go-to method for drying your laundry will help reduce your household’s GHG emissions and save you money on your monthly electricity bills.

What can you do?

Let’s create a new norm for clothes drying in Canada. Take our line dry challenge for the month of July.

What is involved?

Stop using the electric clothes dryer to dry your laundry for the entire month of July. Use the natural resources of sunshine and wind to dry your clothing, sheets and towels outdoors on a clothesline or a drying rack.

Prepare yourself and your family, and find a space indoors where you can place a drying rack for those days the weather, or air quality, is not conducive to outdoor drying.

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Already a line dryer?

Join us too! Your experiences and commitment can help us grow a community where one day we'll see drying by line as a Canadian norm.


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  2. Natural Resources Canada. Comprehensive Energy Use Database. Accessed June 20, 2023.
  3. Kapp KJ, Miller RZ. Electric clothes dryers: An underestimated source of microfiber pollution. PLoS ONE. 2020;15(10):1-17.
  4. Daystar J, Chapman LL, Moore MM, Pires ST, Golden J. Quantifying apparel consumer use behavior in six countries: Addressing a data need in life cycle assessment modeling. J Text Appar Technol Manag. 2019;11(1).
  5. Spencer J, Lilley D, Porter S. The opportunities that different cultural contexts create for sustainable design: a laundry care example. J Clean Prod. 2015;107:279-290. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.04.082
  6. Tao D, Zhang K, Xu S, et al. Microfibers released into the air from a household tumble dryer. Environ Sci Technol Lett. 2022;9(2):120-126. doi:10.1021/acs.estlett.1c00911