Just hanging

Air-dry your clothes

Put a breath of fresh air in your laundry and give your sheets the soft scent of nature… for real. Hang dry your laundry instead of tumble-drying.

Tumble dryers are the most energy-intensive household appliance, costing the average British household £60 a year to run, and emitting as much CO2 as driving five long hours from London to Newcastle.1

Why

Here are a few reasons to take action.

Click for more info or scroll to read them all.

Money

Tumble driers gobble up energy and cash. Based on three cycles a week, the most efficient dryers will cost around £23 to run a year, while the least efficient will cost you more than £140.

Al fresco clothes drying is fast and easy … but only if it's sunny or breezy outside. But of course, you can also dry your clothes inside - either on a pulley-system hanging rack or a clothes horse. Either way - get hanging and save money.

Climate change

We humans have been happily allowing our clothes to dry in the fresh air for around 10,000 years, but over the last 20 odd years the tumble craze has taken hold, with the average household heating and spinning their clothes three or four times a week1 - summer, winter, spring and autumn.

A household running a dryer 200 times a year could save nearly half a tonne of CO2e by switching to a clothes rack or washing line2 - that’s the equivalent of driving over 1200 miles!3

Clothes care

Tumble drying your clothes isn’t good for them. Not only is there the absolute certainty that you will shrink your favourite woolly jumper so it’s only suitable for dressing teddy bears, tumbling also wears clothes out faster.

So if you don’t want to shorten the lifespan of your favourite tees, pick the line over the machine.

Love your clothes, treat them gently.

Global Goals

In September 2017, an historic agreement was signed by UN member nations agreeing to work towards 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development by 2030, otherwise known as the SDGs.

Achieving these ambitious goals will require action from governments, businesses, NGOs, and individuals alike. We can - and must - all play our part.

By making the 'Just hanging' pledge, you are contributing in your own small way to the following SDG targets:

12.8: By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature

13.3: Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning

How

Drying clothes outside

It doesn’t have to be full sun outside to dry your clothes, although obviously that helps. It also doesn’t have to be toasty warm. You’ll be amazed how quickly they’ll dry on a warmish cloudy day with a decent breeze, as long as you hang them with plenty of space to flap about.

Drying clothes inside

If it’s raining outside, or you don’t have access to a garden, you can still dry your clothes indoors. Here are a few tips to speed up the process:

  • Hang your clothes carefully, allowing space in between.The aim is to get as much air circulating around the clothes as possible, to carry away that moisture.
  • If possible, hang your clothes near something warm (like a radiator or heater), or next to an air source (like a window or vent).
  • Check on your clothes and rotate anything that still has damp patches.

Need a clothes horse or some nifty-space saving radiator racks? Pop down to your local hardware or pound shop, or have a look online. We love the traditional Sheila Maid that hangs from the ceiling!

Success Stories

2,262

Pledges
in total

8,636kg

CO2
pledged

I have not used my tumble dryer at all!

This was relatively easy to hang my wasing, either on the washing line or on the drier stack.

This has become an ingrained habit with me now.

It's summer - washing out on the line smells great :-)

This is a great idea and has helped me keep track of my green progress. Thank you.

I bought a new airer which was worth the money as I have saved on my electricity bill.

References

  1. Berners-Lee, M. (2010). How Bad are Bananas?
  2. The Guardian
  3. The EPA Greenhouse gas equivalencies calculator