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This is not an ad for a sleek new hand dryer. Probably no one reading this website is in the market for the newest, most eco-friendly public restroom hand drying technology on the market.

But according to a new report from MIT on the environmental impact of different methods of hand drying, the Dyson Airblade (you know you love it, anyway) comes tops in all categories; global warming potential, human health, ecosystem quality, cumulative energy demand, water consumption and land occupation. *To be clear – the plastic model comes first across the board, with the aluminum trailing a bit in water consumption.

Paper towels and warm hand dryers – like vacuum bags – are from a byegone era. Technology has moved on. People want to dry their hands quickly, comp[l]etely and without damaging the environment.

–Sir James Dyson, inventor of the bagless vaccuum cleaner

Old-fashioned hot air hand dryers – you know, the ones that get vandalized to make the instructions read ‘press butt’ instead of ‘press button’ along with a variety of other razor sharp witticisms – and paper towels, whether virgin or recycled, suck in terms of eco-friendliness.

Anyone who has used an Airblade knows it rules in terms of efficacy and cool, futuristic experience. Now you can feel smug and green about using one. If you want to be greener still, just don’t dry your hands. Let them dry off naturally in the cool breezes of the natural world or the hermetically sealed environment of your office, gym or fine dining establishment.

Read more on the results of the MIT study in the Guardian.

About The Author: Graham Land

Greenfudge editor and London-based writer Graham Land grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, where he was part of the local hardcore punk scene, playing in several bands. Through this musical movement he became involved in grass roots interests such as anti-racist activism, animal rights and Ecology. In 2000 he relocated to Europe, eventually earning an MA from Malmö University in Sweden. He has also lived in Japan, Ireland, Portugal and Greece.


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