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Put Your Carbon- Trust In Airdri

Trudi Osborne, Marketing Communications Manager of Airdri, explains how to implement waste-reduction measures in the washroom.

Washroom facilities in workplaces and public areas need to withstand the pressure of large volumes of visitors on a daily basis. When choosing suitable dryers for the washroom, organisations need to consider a range of environmental and financial factors, as well as user accessibility.

My organisation, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is committed to an on-going programme of research and development, to ensure that it continues to anticipate market trends and customer needs. Environmental sustainability is central to these developments.

Cut Carbon Emissions Being aware of the power rating of a dryer is only half the story. In order to calculate the carbon emissions consumed during hand drying, organisations need to know not only the wattage of the dryer, but also the approximate time the dryer takes to dry hands – the longer the dryer is in use, the higher the carbon emissions.

High speed dryers can be both powerful and environmentally friendly. The high-speed dry of the Airdri

Classic+ MkII, ensures that the CO2 emissions per dry match those of lower wattage dryers, because the dryer is in use for less time. After carrying out its own independent testing, the Carbon Trust placed the Classic+ MkII on its Energy Technology List.

Choosing electrical equipment from this list enables companies to benefit from the Carbon Trust’s Enhanced Capital Allowance Scheme. Under this scheme, companies are rewarded for investing in energy saving technologies, with an accelerated tax break against the purchase of verified products.


Electrical Waste Investing in effective, long-lasting, energy-efficient washroom equipment can help organisations use less energy and materials, and therefore avoid unnecessary waste.

The lifespan of our Elite and Classic ranges are six times longer than other similar dryers, providing the washroom services industry with significant commercial advantage, lasting up to six years even when activated up to 650 times a day. With average washroom services contracts lasting from three to five years, it makes sense to install a dryer that will stay the course.

The longevity of equipment helps to save materials from our landfills that could take hundreds of years to break down. Avoiding electrical waste is also in line with stringent EU targets under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive 2012/19/EU. New targets will require member states to collect 85% of electronic waste generated from 2019 onwards.

Keep The Noise Down High speed hand dryers no longer have to be excessively noisy, and we give great consideration to noise reduction and other health- related factors when designing and developing our hand dryers. In 2012, Airdri was the first in the hand dryer fast-dry category to be awarded the Quiet Mark for the Classic+ MkII hand dryer. The Quiet Mark is an international mark of excellence for quiet machines, from the UK Noise Abatement Society – all our dryers are designed to keep noise levels to a minimum, for maximum user comfort.

A Bespoke Design One size does not fit all. Whether a robust, cast iron hand dryer is needed to sustain high usage, or a contemporary dryer is preferred to complement stylish washroom facilities, we have a dryer in our range to fit every washroom environment. Our established range of hand dryers is available in a variety of colours and finishes, with our trusted logo as a hallmark of reliability, integrity and environmental sustainability.

We also work with our partners to design bespoke models to meet their specific washroom requirements. Unique designs and cover options can be developed for organisations looking for something unique to meet the specific requirements of any washroom environment, and our products can be imprinted with an organisation’s own logo, if required.

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