Are electric hand dryers better for the environment than paper towels?

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June 17 2008 7:17 AM

Electric Hand Dryers vs. Paper Towels

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But, to paraphrase Darth Vader from Star Wars, don't be too proud of using those technological marvels we've created. Opting for a hand dryer over towels hardly earns you an environmental halo, as the net difference in long-term carbon emissions is minuscule at best. It's useful to think about everyday behaviors, but let's not lose focus on big-picture stuff.

Is there an environmental quandary that's been keeping you up at night? Send it to ask.the.lantern@gmail.com, and check this space every Tuesday.

Brendan I. Koerner is a contributing editor at Wired and a columnist for Gizmodo. His first book, Now the Hell Will Start, is out now.