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World Dryer Announces the Link Between Hand Dryers and a Greener Environment

World Dryer® Corporation answers the popular question on everyone's mind. "Are hand dryers or paper towels better for the environment?"

World Dryer Announces the Link Between Hand Dryers and a Greener Environment
Berkeley, IL, April 02, 2009 --( In a time when making the environmentally responsible choice has never been a higher priority, each of us are confronted with the question on a daily basis. After washing our hands in the restroom, we are faced with a decision. Hand dryers or paper towels? Some choose paper towels. Some choose automatic hand dryers. And some being confused and not sure which hand drying method to choose, simply wipe their hands on their pants.

"Although World Dryer® has been manufacturing hand dryers for more than 50 years, we decided we needed an unbiased opinion and put together a team to research the topic. We wanted a straight forward answer to which hand drying method is the most environmentally friendly," said Tom Vic, President of World Dryer® Corporation.

They found that while paper towels may be made from recycled paper, once a paper towel is used it cannot be recycled. They also discovered it takes both water and energy to produce paper towels. And then those discarded paper towels are taken to landfills, compounding the problem. And that doesn't even take into account the trees that are destroyed to make the paper in the first place.

"It's true. It does take energy to operate a fast hand dryer. However, when compared to the electricity used to manufacture paper towels, the usage is minor. In fact, it takes less energy to run an electric hand dryer than it takes to manufacture the equivalent amount of paper towels you'd use to dry your hands," said Vic. On average, a person uses 2.5 towels to completely dry their hands.

Dennis Smith, Engineering Manager at World Dryer® Corporation, agreed with the study's results. "Our new Airforce™ fast hand dryer uses half the energy as other standard automatic dryers and also dries hands in half the time of a standard electric hand dryer -- making it the ultimate green machine," added Smith.

The Airforce™ has generated overwhelming industry excitement because it brings 'Green' to a whole new level. The Airforce™ is currently the most environmentally responsible and energy efficient hand dryer available. By including the Airforce™ in a project, your building may qualify for LEED® credits for energy optimization.

Both the Airmax™ and Airforce™ fast hand dryers are GreenSpec listed. Products selected for the Greenspec list are considered to be the top of their class and environmentally preferable, based on USGBC Building Green's criteria. "The Airforce™ hand dryer's environmental impact can't be denied, it is one of the most unique and 'green' dryers in the marketplace" states Smith.

About World Dryer Corporation: World Dryer® Corporation ( has been in business since 1927 and is the leading provider of electric hand dryers in the United States as well as distributing automatic dryers to 80 other countries. The industry standard has been set by World Dryer® with the introduction of Airforce™ fast hand dryer. Electric hand dryers are durable, hygienic and environmentally sound.

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