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Although hand dryers use electricity, paper towels use a lot more resources from start to finish, from the trees, to the mill, to the manufacturer, and then usually get thrown away after one use, adding to the landfills

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 Slate.com: Electric Hand Dryers vs. Paper Towels

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One negative is that hand dryers can cause more airborne germs and particles to spread throughout the area as opposed to hand towels.

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 I actually started skipping the drying all together. The only risk is that you meet someone you know leaving the bathroom within the first 30 seconds, before your hands dry. And I wouldn't normally shake someone's hands when leaving the restroom. Put your hands in your pockets, or shake them dry, or wait a minute. Wet paper towels in the bathroom seem to be the biggest waste I can think of...
hbomb7 - 5/13/2010 9:39:18 PM  


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