Thursday Travel: The Green Isle?

Something I noticed while I was in Ireland was how many things people are doing there, automatically, that would be signs of a very environmentally conscious person in the U.S. … Everyone drives a tiny car, most people bike, walk, or take busses to get where they need to go, and many people hang their laundry out on the line rather than use a dryer.

While there, I really enjoyed all of these. In fact, I fell so in love with the smell of sheets fresh off the line, that after I came home I started hanging my laundry out to dry instead of using my dryer.

But really, is Ireland filled with “greener” people than here? That seems to be a conclusion people come to pretty quickly—America is the land of consumption and Europe is forward-thinking and conscientious. Maybe… a little. But really, when you look at it, there are really good reasons for why they act this way: economic reasons. After all, how much would you ride the bus if gas was $7:40 a gallon?

Economics aside, line-laundry still makes me happy.

About Tara Sullivan

Author of GOLDEN BOY (2013), THE BITTER SIDE OF SWEET (2016), and TREASURE OF THE WORLD (2021). Published by Penguin Books for Young Readers Find out more at Or, follow me on Twitter: @SullivanStories
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2 Responses to Thursday Travel: The Green Isle?

  1. Jennifer says:

    I dry all my laundry on the line year round. I LOVE the act of hanging it up and taking it down. I don’t know why, but it feels so satisfying!

  2. Jennifer,
    I totally agree! It’s kind of like how doing the dishes gives me more of a sense of accomplishment than loading the dishwasher. 🙂

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