Which is More Green: The Hand Dryer or a Paper Towel?

Which is More Green: The Hand Dryer or a Paper Towel?

Jen DeRose
Nov 12, 2008
Ever walk into a bathroom where you're confronted with these two choices? I reach for the automatic hand dryer, but then I wind up having second thoughts. Is it really more green than using (possibly recycled) paper towels? Which do you use? I instantly go for the hand dryer, (I've even gone so far as to mention, out loud, to perfect strangers that "I mine as well save a tree") but then I end up having second thoughts. Those hand dryers are uber powerful--a lot more than say, a typical hair dryer. Which do you think is more green?
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