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[GreenYes] Paper hand towels vs. electric air dryer
Dear Mark:

I am forwarding to you the message I sent to EPPNET on 7/12/00 on the same
topic as expressed in your 1/24/01 message to GreenYes.  This forwarded
message can be found below your original message which I left for future
reference by other GRRN list members.

Roger M. Guttentag


I'm searching for any life cycle analysis, studies, etc., regarding paper
hand towels vs. electric air dryers?  Anyone able to assist?  Any and all
information is greatly appreciated.

Have a great day!

Mark S. Kidd
Program Educator
Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling
155 N First Ave., MS 4
Hillsboro, OR 97124
v 503.846.8182
f 503.846.4928

----- Original Message -----
From: Roger Guttentag <>
To: Environmentally-preferable products procurement
Sent: Wednesday, July 12, 2000 8:41 AM
Subject: [eppnet] Re: Paper towels versus Electric hand dryers.

> Dear Mike:
> I can't resist a challenging topic.  Did some searching and found the
> following references that may be helpful to you:
> - Listing of articles on hand
> washing that is located on the Hospitality Institute of  Technology and
> Management  website.  Use the "find on this page" function found on the
> menu of either Navigator or Internet Explorer to look for the text string
> "paper towels."  This will help you find all articles that discuss in some
> way the differences between paper towels and other hand drying methods
> as electric dryers.
> These links reference two University of Westminster studies comparing
> different hand drying methods.  The findings of these studies are more
> favorable toward paper towels. It should be noted, however,  that the 1998
> study was supported by paper tissue manufacturers. (Some of the article
> abstracts listed on the HITM site, by contrast, are not as critical of
> towels).   I don't know how well regarded these U. of W. studies are - it
> may be worthwhile to get an opinion from some public health professionals
> who are familiar with this literature.
> Sincerely,
> Roger M. Guttentag
> 610-584-8836

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