Don’t touch that paper towel! High-speed hand dryers are cleaner, more environmentally friendly and save a bundle over time. This is what some UB students discovered when they studied the economic, environmental and social impact of paper towels and Dyson Airblades in campus bathrooms.
Equipped with blow torches and cotton swabs to collect bacteria samples, the students found that six times more bacteria grew on paper-towel dispenser push-and-crank handles than on the Airblades. And through the life cycle of each product, the Airblades produced 42 percent less carbon dioxide and cost under $28 per year in energy consumption, compared to paper towels, which cost more than $900 per year. Via High-speed hand dryers are six times cleaner