The Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer reduces its carbon footprint

The Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer reduces its carbon footprint

Dyson revolutionised the public bathroom with the fast, hygienic and energy efficient Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer. Now they have created a machine that has a reduced manufacturing carbon footprint without compromising performance.

The AB03 Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer shares the same patented technology of the original die-cast aluminium machine but has an outer-casing made from tough, heat resistant polycarbonate-ABS (PC-ABS)* – also found in riot shields, crash helmets and Dyson’s vacuum cleaners.

The Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer literally scrapes hands dry in just ten seconds with an unheated sheet of filtered air. It uses up to 80% less energy than warm air hand dryers. And because the air is purified with a hospital grade HEPA filter, it’s hygienic too. The machine is the only hand dryer certified hygienic by NSF international – a not-for-profit organisation committed to public health and safety.

AB03 is made from sturdy stuff and has been stress tested and abused alongside other plastic hand dryers - it passed everything thrown at it (sometimes literally). Dyson created specialist rigs along with real-life testing at Longleat Safari Park to drag, drop and kick AB03 to test its hard shell.

James Dyson says:

“PC-ABS is really tough – so it can withstand big bangs and knocks. We’ve been using it in our vacuum cleaners for a while so we know its strength. We have made the casing hygienic; so it’s an obvious material choice for the Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer.”

Following a successful trial of 40 AB03 Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers at Longleat Safari Park, the machines will be available from February 2009 priced £599 +VAT. AB01 Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers will continue to be sold at a revised price of £699 + VAT. All accreditations and endorsements apply to both Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers.

For more information on the Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer, please email or call (0800) 3457788

*PC-ABS produces over 50% less CO2 emissions during production than the aluminum equivalent.

Notes to editors:

The Only Hygienic Commercial Hand Dryer certified by NSF International, USA
NSF International, formerly the National Sanitation Foundation, is an independent, not-for-profit standards development and testing and certification organization. For over 60 years, NSF’s mission has been to protect public health. After extensive testing, the NSF International (formerly the National Sanitation Foundation), has certified the Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer with the NSF certification for hygienic commercial hand dryers (NSF P335). Dyson is the first and only manufacturer to have received this certification.

Skincare Research Certified by the British Skin Foundation, UK
The British Skin Foundation is a registered charity committed to raising funds for skin disease research. Working closely with the British Association of Dermatologists the foundation is the only charity dedicated to supporting dermatologists and skin science. Dyson's research into skincare undertaken with The University of Leeds has been validated by the British Skin Foundation.

Hygiene Research Certified by the Royal Institute of Public Health, UK
The Royal Institute of Public Health is a leading independent body with the aims of protecting and promoting public health through education, training and policy development. The independent hygiene research relating to the Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer was reviewed by The Royal Institute of Public Health. They concluded that the Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer is a significant step forward in hand dryer technology and hygiene. This is the first time a hand dryer has received such an accreditation.

Society of Food Hygiene and Technology Awards Best New Product 2007, UK
The Society of Food Hygiene & Technology was established in 1979 as an independent body, whose role is to offer support through membership to anyone involved in food hygiene and technology issues. The award supports the research and development into the suitability of the Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer for use in the food preparation industry

Interbuild 2007 Best Overall Product, UK
Interbuild is the UK’s most comprehensive event for the construction industry. Judged by industry experts, the Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer stood out for being a product that has revolutionised a stagnant category. The awards received record numbers of entries this year.

Working Buildings Week ‘Best Product Innovation’ of 2007, UK
Working Buildings Week is the leading trade show for the built environment and showcases products to those who run them.

South West’s C+ Carbon Positive Awards, UK
The Carbon Positive Cutting Edge - for businesses and organisations developing innovative carbon-cutting solutions. The awards programme has been developed by the South West Regional Development Agency and is supported by Business in the Community and Sustainability South West.

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