Top of the Class: Back-to-School Hygiene and Sustainability

As summer ends, millions of students across the United States are filing back into their classrooms to resume their educations. And with hallways bustling once again with curious minds during this ongoing pandemic, school restrooms are once again a high-traffic area prone to germs. That’s why it’s critical for key decision-makers to continue to foster proper hygiene in schools through methods that are also environmentally friendly. Whether you’re considering renovations or building a new facility, our line of hand dryers can help you go back to school in a way that’s both sanitary and sustainable.


XLERATOR with HEPA Installed in Longmeadow High School

After the summer break, school restrooms can get dirty fast. Fortunately, by installing our state-of-the-art hand dryers, you can promote proper hand hygiene and create a more sanitary environment for students.

If you think paper towels are a sanitary method of drying your hands, think again. A study published in the American Journal of Infection Control found that paper towels made of recycled fibers had 100 to 1,000 times more bacteria than the virgin wood pulp brand—and these bacteria might be transferred to someone after they wash their hands. All our hand dryers operate without touch sensors, cutting out touchpoints that might dirty a person’s hands after washing.

Additionally, the XLERATOR®, XLERATOReco® and XLERATORsync® hand dryers can all come equipped with a HEPA filtration system that is proven to remove 99.999% of viruses and 99.97% of potentially present bacteria at 0.3 microns from the airstream. With a HEPA filtration system, our hand dryers help create a more sanitary environment in the restroom by delivering clean, filtered, purified air fast and efficiently.


Not only do our hand dryers promote proper hand hygiene, but they are also sustainable. We are proud to manufacture the world’s most energy-efficient and environmentally friendly hand dryer, the XLERATOReco Hand Dryer, which uses no-heat technology and only 500 watts of energy to dry hands.

A Life Cycle Assessment that was peer-reviewed to ISO 14040 standards also showed that the XLERATOR Hand Dryer reduces the carbon footprint of hand drying by 50%–75% when compared to paper towels and traditional electric hand dryers. We are also the first hand dryer manufacturer to publish third-party, verified Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) that substantiated the environmental claims of the XLERATOR, the XLERATOReco and the ThinAir® hand dryers.

By utilizing our green hand dryers, you can cut out paper towels, which can be taxing on the environment. In fact, one ton of virgin paper towels consumes 17 trees, pollutes 7,000 gallons of water, produces more than three tons of CO2 emissions and requires 40 cubic feet of landfill space. With hand dryers in your school’s restrooms, you’ll save money on paper towels and their associated maintenance costs while helping the environment.

Partner With Us To Make the Grade

Want to build a more sanitary and sustainable future for your school? We want to help. Reach out to us today online and we’ll help you find the best hand drying solution for your school.