paper towel or hand-drier...

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Maz, 19 Feb 2008.

  1. Maz

    Maz Legendary Member

    ...which is more environmentally-friendly when drying your hands in the toilet? I think it's the paper but I'm really not sure. There's a lot of factors involved in the disposal (recycling?) of used paper towels.

    Your thoughts please.

    (yes, I am very bored today...)
  2. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    maybe the kind of drier that shuts off automatically. or perhaps the old fashioned towel on a roll (if not as hygienic).

    or are the folk that go for a dump and don't wash their hands doing the planet a favour ;)
  3. Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member

    It's easiest to lift your hands out of the toilet and give them a good shake. ;)
  4. OP

    Maz Legendary Member

    Yuk! xx(
  5. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    what, you'd prefer to leave them in :ohmy::ohmy::ohmy:
  6. Landslide

    Landslide Rare Migrant

    Called to the bar
    Option 3:

    Wipe your hands on your trousers.
  7. User482

    User482 Guest

    Believe it or not, there was a Life Cycle Assessment done on this very issue, but I'm afraid I can't find the link. I do remember that it concluded that hot air dryers were better in terms of the total energy consumed. What the report didn't say though was that hot air dryers don't actually work, leaving you to finish drying your hands on your trousers.

    That said the new Dyson ones are brilliant.
  8. Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member

    Was the Life Cycle Assessment done on the life of the bugs on your trousers?
  9. User482

    User482 Guest

    I only wash my hands in imported mineral water. ;)
  10. hubgearfreak

    hubgearfreak Über Member

    haha, warm air elbow wetters:biggrin:

    it would depend enormously on whether the paper towels were delivered by unique journey (as in an office setting) which case the w.a.e.w. would win, or if the towels were collected at the wholesalers along with the rest of the stock, as a pub or cafe may do, in which case the difference may be marginal.
    also, do we take it that people make the most of one towel, or slightly dampen 2, 3, 4 or even more?
  11. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    That's what I do. Works every time and no effect on the planet.
  12. stevenb

    stevenb New Member

    South Beds.
    The ladies toilets at work have paper towels and hand driers so Im told.
    Whereas the blokes toilets only have paper no option for us gents at work.
  13. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    Oh! That's what you were doing when I saw you fumbling around in your trouser pockets.;):blush::smile:
  14. jonesy

    jonesy Legendary Member

    Does Makka Pakka's Uff Uff count as a hand-drier?i

  15. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    What would be better for the climate is if they made hand dryers so that the time it stays on for isn't only 0.8 times the amount of time needed to dry your hands. They think they're saving energy by having a short cycle, but everyone just presses the button again setting it off on another cycle, which they waste most of.
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