There are a number of factors that have an impact on the carbon footprint of a dryer, all of which should be considered in the manufacture of hand dryers if we are to view them as truly environmentally friendly. Sustainability has become an essential part of product development.
Working in collaboration with the government and industry for over 50 years, the Noise Abatement Society has achieved international acclaim for its devotion to finding practical solutions to noise pollution.
Leading the way in hand dryer noise reduction without reducing functionality, Airdri is the first hand dryer manufacturer to be awarded the UK Noise Abatement Society’s Quiet Mark for the development of its Classic+ MkII. Independently tested alongside a number of alternative high-speed hand dryers, the Classic+ MkII is the quietest in its class. Airdri’s on-going product development programme is committed to the reduction of excessive and unnecessary noise pollution.
Waste and Landfill
How often do we consider what will happen to a hand dryer once it has reached the end of its life? Under current waste regulations, the waste hierarchy gives the highest priority to waste prevention.
The lifespan of Airdri’s Classic+ MkII is six times longer than that of other high-speed hand dryers lasting up to six years even when activated up to 650 times a day. Clearly this will result in significant commercial advantage but, from an environmental stand point, it also helps save unnecessary waste that will ultimately go to landfill. Avoiding electrical waste is also in line with future stringent EU targets that will overhaul how companies handle waste electrical products.
Being aware of the power rating of a dryer is only half the story. In order to calculate the carbon emissions consumed during hand drying we need to know not only the wattage of a dryer, but also the approximate time the dryer uses to dry our hands. The longer the dryer is in use, the higher the carbon emissions. The high-speed dry of the Classic+ MkII ensures that the CO2 emissions per dry match those of lower wattage dryers because the dryer is in use for such a brief period.
Carbon Trust’s Energy Technology List
The Enhanced Capital Allowance Scheme managed by the Carbon Trust encourages companies to select products with the highest energy efficiency when purchasing electrical products. The Carbon Trust carried out its own independent testing of the Classic+ MkII before placing it on its Energy Technology List.
Environmental benefits of warm air hand dryers compared to paper towels
Carried out by an independent research organisation (ERM), Airdri has published a report highlighting the environmental benefits of warm air hand dryers compared to paper towels. The study concludes that the use of hand dryers results in a smaller environmental footprint than the use of paper towels. The research assumed two paper towels per dry and the use of a hand dryer for an average of 30 seconds per dry. Assessing environmental performance, the study concluded that hand towels should not be chosen in preference to the hand dryer modelled within the research.
You can download a free copy of the Streamlined Life Cycle Analysis report (750k pdf file) from our website by clicking here.
Please note. The report requires you have a free Adobe Acrobat reader installed on your system. Click here to download Adobe Acrobat reader for free .