How Can Shopping Malls Contribute to Sustainable Growth?

Posted on05/01/2023 by
How Can Shopping Malls Contribute to Sustainable Growth?
As we celebrated Earth Month in April, it's important to consider how we can make sustainable choices in our daily lives. While many eco-friendly options exist, one aspect often overlooked is mall public restrooms. Hand dryers are a sustainable alternative that can offer numerous benefits. Not only do they help save money on paper towels and reduce waste, but they are also environmentally friendly. By using hand dryers instead of paper towels, we can make a small yet impactful change toward a greener future.

Hand dryers offer several advantages, making them a superior and environmentally-friendly alternative. Primarily, they minimize waste by substantially reducing paper towel usage. According to research, a single-hand dryer can prevent the disposal of up to 23,000 paper towels annually, which is a significant amount of waste. In addition to being eco-friendly, hand dryers are also more hygienic as they help prevent the spread of bacteria. Unlike paper towels that can become contaminated, studies indicate that hand dryers are more effective at eliminating bacteria from hands. Furthermore, hand dryers offer convenience by eliminating the need to frequently restock paper towel dispensers. Hand dryers are a popular alternative to paper towels in mall public restrooms and for a good reason. Not only are they more cost-effective, but they also have a significantly lower environmental impact. Here are just a few reasons why hand dryers are an eco-friendly and better option for public restrooms:

   1. Sustainability and respect for the environment:

On an environmental and sustainability level, the use of hand dryers has many advantages and is the best alternative to the use of paper towels. Electric hand dryers reduce paper consumption and thus contribute to biodiversity conservation. According to Greenpeace, 40% of the wood harvested for industrial use is used to make paper. Every year, around 15 billion trees are cut down to make paper towels. By using hand dryers, we can significantly reduce the demand for paper products, which helps to conserve our forests.

In addition, paper manufacturing represents a huge source of pollution and has a major negative impact on the environment. By example:

- Large amounts of water and energy are needed to manufacture paper. 60% of energy is used for paper manufacturing.
- Paper industries are on the list of industries that emit the most greenhouse gases, around 3.3 kg of CO2 is the equivalent of 1 kilo of paper.


   2. Reduce waste:

The most obvious advantage of hand dryers is that they eliminate the need for paper towels. Paper towels are a significant source of waste in mall public restrooms, they accumulate and make the restrooms look messy and contaminated, and they can take years to decompose in landfills. Paper towels require significant amounts of resources and energy to produce, transport, and dispose of.

By switching to hand dryers, we can drastically reduce the amount of waste we produce and the resources needed to dispose of it.


  3. Cost-effective

While the initial cost of installing hand dryers may be higher than purchasing paper towels, they are a more cost-effective option in the long run. Hand dryers require less maintenance and replenishment, reducing the overall cost of maintaining public restrooms.

According to our savings calculator, let’s see this example, a mall or stadium, uses around 78 cases of paper towels monthly with 2,400 paper towels per case, with a cost of $25 per delivery which is a total of $1,950 per month, if the mall has
12 restrooms and change the paper towels for two Dualflow Plus hand dryers per restroom, their annual savings would be $23,265.33 with their returning investment in 13 months.

The economic savings are, therefore, one of the great benefits of using hand dryers in any public restroom.


   4. Improve Hygiene:

In addition to being eco-friendly, hand dryers are also more hygienic than paper towels. Cleanliness and hygiene in mall public restrooms are a necessity, as they are frequented by a large number of people every day. Clean restrooms in malls are very important for customers to feel comfortable, so they can focus on their main activity, shopping and enjoying the facilities.

Studies have shown that bacteria can thrive on damp paper towels, whereas hand dryers use high-speed air to dry hands quickly, leaving them less prone to germs. For this reason, the new generation of hand dryers from Saniflow incorporates the latest technologies for cleanliness. Our hand dryers can be equipped with HEPA filters which can reduce the allergens found in the air of public restrooms, ensuring the air that dries your hands is clean and free of particles that are harmful to our health.


   4.Lower carbon footprint

Hand dryers have a much lower carbon footprint than paper towels. Producing, transporting, and disposing of paper towels requires a significant amount of energy and resources, including water and trees. The transportation of paper towels to restrooms, especially those located in malls, can contribute to significant carbon emissions.

High-quality hand dryers can last for several years, requiring less frequent replacements and thus reducing the carbon footprint associated with manufacturing and disposing of frequently replaced paper towels. In contrast, hand dryers require less frequent refilling and transportation of supplies, resulting in reduced transportation emissions.


To sum up, we can say that the latest generation of hand dryers by Saniflow helps create a cleaner and more hygienic restroom environment, save costs, and is more eco-friendly than the use of paper towels, especially shopping malls which have higher foot traffic every day than smaller businesses.


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