In the eco-friendly “green” movement, not all ideas are created equal. Free washers and dryers in residence halls at Texas State have overshadowed an initiative to encourage students to air-dry laundry.
Freshmen entering Texas State in 2010 were shown a film titled “Wear the Sun!” The film was produced by the McCoy College Net Impact Student organization, and sought to educate students on the benefits of saving energy and limiting wear to fabrics by line-drying their clothing.
A portion of the grant money used to produce the film went toward purchasing drying racks, which can be checked out for use in some residence halls.
However, the university was simultaneously instituting changes to the laundry services on campus, which Net Impact was unaware. These proved to be more popular.