Hand dryer first to win Carbon Trust mark

Dyson's airblade has become the first hand dryer to be awarded a Carbon Reduction Label by the Carbon Trust.

The label was awarded to the innovative machine after tests showed it emits 1100 kg/C02 during its lifetime or 3 g/Co2 per dry.

This is equal to the carbon emissions created by watching two minutes and nine seconds of television.

The machine works by blasting cold air at 400 mile per hour, which the manufacture says 'scrapes' water from the hands in ten seconds.

Because of this the Dyson does not need a heating element to dry hands, making it about 80% more energy efficient.

This is equal to the carbon emissions created by watching two minutes and nine seconds of television.

Inventor James Dyson said: "Good design and environmental responsibility go hand in hand.

"By considering the environment from the start, our engineers develop machines that are more powerful, perform better and work using less energy and materials."

Chief executive of the Carbon Trust, Tom Delay, said: "Product carbon footprinting will help to deliver the lower carbon products of the future, by informing design decisions that drive out carbon emissions.

"We commend Dyson for their commitment to measure and reduce the carbon footprint of the Airblade hand dryer."

Luke Walsh

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