Electric hand dryers are produced according to the best and most up-to-date ecological standards. Waste production – in comparison to paper or fabric towels – is zero. In addition, the energy use is very low, and so are CO2 emissions. In 2014, for instance, the German federal environmental agency considered electric hand drying environmentally friendly.
Electric hand dryers leave a far smaller carbon footprint than paper towels. Apart from during their production they purely run on energy, therefore being very environmentally friends. In contrast to that, paper towels are used once and then thrown away. Even if the recycled paper towels are used, their production still uses far more CO2 than electric handdryers.
Furthermore, the world’s first carbon neutral hand dryers have already been developed!
Use less resources
Electric hand dryers use far fewer resources than paper towels. In fact, it takes 17 trees and 20,000 gallons (ca. 75,000 litre) of water to produce one ton of paper towels. During this production more than 3 tons of CO2 emissions are released into the atmosphere.
Even after their use, paper towels require resources to dispense of them that one ton of paper towels requires 12 m2 of landfill space.
Positive lifecycle energy balance
Over their lifespan, electric hand dryers have a positive lifecycle energy balance. Furthermore, hand dryers are being continuously improved, making them more and more efficient. This means that their energy balance will be even better. No other drying method can compete with that: not paper towels nor textile towels.