Lca Paper Towels

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Ian Carlson
Envs 102 Field Activities
Components of the LCA: First Draft
September 8, 2015

The issue between the use of electrical hand dryers and old fashioned paper towels is an issue worth arguing about. Our landfills are filling up with waste and of that waste, 31% is paper waste. 34 million tons of paper is thrown away every year. Think about how many trees that is a year, just for our paper products. Deforestation has been a problem that has been on the rise for many years now, and if we don’t stop using so many of our trees or we don’t recycle, the trees and our environment are going to slowly deplete. I am a strong believer when it comes to recycling and limiting the amount of wastes we produce. If we don’t start to do something as a community to limit our wastes and if we keep lacking in recycling, we will start to see a dramatic change in the way our earth is. The use of electrical hand dryers opposed to the use of paper towels is a very big issue with trying to sustain our resources. Many of the hand drying systems have the same basic structure and materials inside them. The metals used in a Bradley 2902 Aerix High Efficiency hand dryer include: Stainless steel which contains iron ore, chromium, silicon, nickel, carbon, nitrogen, and manganese. Properties of the final alloy are tailored by different amounts of these elements. Other resources in hand dryers include aluminum which is derived from the ore bauxite, which is then put into a smelter to separate out the aluminum metal. Another part of the dryers, have nickel chromium wire which is derived from nickel chromium alloys. A pretty large amount of energy goes into the production of electric hand dryers. Hand dryers have the potential to last up to 10 years if maintained properly. The main impact of hand dryers is the electrical consumption when they are in use. The average watt usage…...

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