Elimination Room Values #2: Wipe or Blow?
February 1, 2008
When I was a high school teacher in the 1970s, I helped teach a half-day alternative school program based on environmentalism and futurology called “Alternative Futures.” Even then, some bathrooms used paper towels and some used blowers. I remember one of my fellow teachers and I having a whimsical discussion about which option was more energy efficient and environmentally compatible.
I still wonder about these two options.
It takes a lot of energy and a lot of trees to make paper towels. Also, many people toss them on the floor, so paper towels tend to lead to more of a mess.
On the other hand, with a blower, it takes the a lot of energy for the little dwarf inside the dryer to huff in such a heated manner, and it’s harder (or at least it takes longer) to get my hands dry, and I can’t use a paper towel to open and close a door and turn off a faucet, so it’s harder to avoid other people’s germs.