There are many wonderful things about living in Italy and one of my favorites is living a bit greener. We've all heard about the US binging on the earth's precious resources... and I am eager to pick up some earth friendly habits. What is different about the way Italians live that results in less consumption of energy and less waste produced?
Well, I've noticed lots of things. So I've decided I'll write about one every week with "Think Green Thursday."
This week, since I'm on the spot here... is something simple. Did you see my last post? The one about the piles of laundry? Did you know that clothes dryers are so rarely used here that they cost almost twice as much as a washing machine?
Hanging your clothes out to dry is a fantastic way to save resources. If you live in a warm place, it's a no brainer. But, Northern Italy is not exactly a warm place. What do you do all winter long? Well, you get a couple of racks for hanging laundry inside and strategically place them in front of the radiators. And hang clothes directly on the radiators. And talk about multi-tasking!!! They even make radiators with horizontal bars so that they can double as drying racks (and triple as humidifiers). Plus, I never iron, because if you're careful to hang your clothes flat, no wrinkles! Woo hoo! (of course piling them up on to the guest bed in a giant heap kind of negates this effort)