Climate-Friendly Hand Drying with Dyson

Cold-air or warm-air dryers, paper or fabric towels? There are many ways to dry your hands. But which way is best from a climate protection standpoint? Our team of experts has figured it out, confirming the environmental philosophy of the company Dyson.

Henning von Gagern, Dyson (right), with myclimate Germany CEO Stefan Baumeister (left) and the Airblade V hand drier, as well as the new Wash+Dry model.

Technology company Dyson has expanded its range with several new models. As part of its product launches, all current models were examined by myclimate experts in a comparative climate balance study. The conclusions of the study: cold-air drying, as used by Dyson, remains the most climate-friendly way to dry your hands. This means that all of Dyson's Airblade™ models have earned the climatop seal of quality. "The climatop label is awarded by myclimate only for products and services that generate significantly less greenhouse gas than traditional alternatives in the same field," explains myclimate Germany CEO Stefan Baumeister. "Dyson has been right at the forefront when it comes to sustainable product development for years, with its innovative new technologies."

What is surprisingly different and new about the Dyson Airblade Wash+Dry is that drying is possible at the wash basin itself. To enable this, the tap has arms on the side into which the Dyson technology is integrated. The combination of washing and drying at the wash basin means less space is used in the washroom and better hygiene is maintained, as it prevents water dripping on the floor. Dyson has also introduced the compact Airblade V hand dryer as a further innovation. This model is 60 per cent smaller and considerably quieter than the classic version, but it provides the same output.

The myclimate study shows that all models basically have the same key advantages. A cold stream of air flowing at 549 to 690 km/h dries hands within ten to 14 seconds. Compared to conventional hand dryers, the Airblade technology consumes up to 80 per cent less energy when used. The Airblade technology has more than a third less impact on the climate than drying one's hands with two pieces of recycled paper towel. It beats both conventional warm-air hand dryers and fabric towels with a climate balance that is more than two-and-a-half times better. And James Dyson, chief engineer and founder of Dyson, is of the opinion that "This is the beauty of sustainable product development. The natural objective is to do more with less."

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