Hygiene & Health

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Life Itself Depends on Hygiene and Health

In most parts of the world, a day without tissue is unthinkable. Bathroom tissue, paper towels, facial tissue, paper handkerchiefs and table napkins all play a critical role in hygiene, cleanliness and comfort. Tissue paper products function marvelously to promote hygiene by helping to prevent the spread of germs, bacteria, viruses and disease. According to global health experts, hygiene is the Number 1 factor in human health worldwide. Without hygiene you don’t have health and, without health, soon you don’t have life.

To learn more about these hygiene and health aspects of tissue, continue browsing down this page

80% of Infections Spread by Hands

Hand hygiene

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States estimates 80 percent of all infections are transmitted by hands. Frequent hand washing can help curb the spread of flu and other conditions, which costs the USA more than $80 billion each year in lost productivity and medical bills. Equally important with handwashing is hand drying, since bacteria and germs need water to exist and breed. With the world continuously on guard for the next fast spreading disease, hand hygiene is becoming an increasingly important weapon in fighting those diseases.

Numerous Studies Show Paper Towels Are Superior

Paper towels

In a report published in the respected Mayo Clinic Proceedings (2012 Aug; 87(8): 791–798.), the authors state that: “From a hygiene viewpoint, paper towels are superior to electric air dryers. Paper towels should be recommended in locations where hygiene is paramount, such as hospitals and clinics.”

“Many studies have found friction to be a key component in hand drying for removing contamination,” this same report from Mayo Clinic continues. Researchers have “reported that bacteria were removed from washed hands by the mechanical abrasive action of drying with paper towels. And microbiological testing of the paper towels after use indicated that many bacteria were transferred from the hands to the paper towels.”

WHO Also Prefers Paper Be Used Due To the Speed of Drying

Cholera causing bacteria

The World Health Organization also appears to favor the use of paper towels in its recommendations with respect to hand hygiene among healthcare workers: “Ideally, hands should be dried using either individual paper towels or hand driers which can dry hands effectively and as quickly as it can be done with paper towels, and have been proven not to be associated with the aerosolization of pathogens.”

Paper Towels May Have Prevented Deadly Cholera Outbreak

A further example are the comments by Professor Hans Rosling of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Rosling, who has been a speaker at the TED talks and Davos – World Economic Forum and is one of the world’s leading experts on public health, has stated that the last major outbreak of cholera which occurred in Chile was confirmed to have been spread by dirty textile kitchen towels. He has further commented, in an article in the Perini Journal, that paper kitchen towels might possibly have prevented that outbreak of disease and public health tragedy.

Tissue Is an Easy and Inexpensive Way to Stop the Spread of Disease.

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