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Practice Safe Drying: Jet Dry vs Paper Towels

Nov 15, 2013

According to Kimberly-Clark:

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Jet air dyers increase bacteria count on fingertips by up to 42%, while hot air dryers increase germs by up to 194%!

 

 

 

 

KC_Practice Safe Drying2Jet air dryer surfaces have contamination levels 75 times higher than the average toilet seat. In a recent mall study, jet air dryer users touched its surface an average of 13 times in a single use. The air blast forced every single person to touch the dryer.

 

 

KC_Practice Safe Drying3Drying with a paper towel actually decreases germs by up to 77%. Touchless towel dispensers really are touchless, with very few germs found on their surfaces.

 

 

 

KC_Practice Safe Drying4According to a 2009 study conducted for Kimberly-Clark Professional, people spend an average of 21 seconds using a jet air dryer vs 10 seconds for paper towels.

Holiday Donations For Our Troops: Toilet Paper

Nov 5, 2013

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Believe it or not, it’s that time of year again. The time to start planning your holiday shopping. While you’re getting your list together you may want to consider adding some donation items too. Based on customer feedback, we’d suggest checking out Give2TheTroops.org

In addition to snacks, entertainment, and sports items personal use items are always needed. Below is a list of the most needed and requested items:
– K-cups for Keurig machines (coffee, tea, hot cocoa)
– Powder drink mix (Gatorade, Kool-Aid, Crystal Light)
– Lip Balm (Chap Stick, Carmex, Blistex)
– Shaving cream or shaving soap
Toilet paper and facial tissues
– iTunes gift cards
– Board Games
– Holiday & Seasonal decorations

10 Simple Ways to Make Your Home Green

Nov 4, 2013

ToiletPaperWorld Blog reader submission: 10 Simple Ways to Make Your Home Green (via WhiteFenceSavings)

Green Living

1) Install a Water Filter – Making sure that you and your family stays hydrated is of great importance, but there are better ways to accomplish the goal than buying disposable plastic bottles full of water. Invest in reusable water bottles for every member of the family, and spring for a water filter. You’ll keep that plastic out of rotation, and you’ll be teaching your kids a valuable lesson about stewardship.

2) Chuck the Plastic Bags – There’s no doubt that it’s easier to snag the plastic bags at the grocery store, but it’s not all that difficult to opt instead for reusable shopping bags to carry your goods back home. Instead of collecting mounds of bags that will only be thrown away, look for a few sturdy, reusable canvas or cloth shopping bags to do the same job in a much greener way.

3) Opt Out of Junk Mail – You probably won’t be able to stop the endless flood of marketing fliers that come to your mailbox, but you can make a dent in your waste-of-paper junk mail by opting out of pre-approved credit offers. look for ways to put an end to the junk mail you receive, and you’ll be doing a simple thing that has a big overall impact on the planet.

4) Donate, Don’t Dump – Kids grow out of clothes, and they fall out of style. Instead of dumping old clothes, turn those that aren’t serviceable into cloth rags for cleaning and donate the rest to a local charity. You’ll be clearing your home of clutter and doing something good for both the environment and your community.

5) Stop Buying Cleaning Products – Chemical cleaning products are not only expensive, they can also wreak havoc wit allergies, skin sensitives and asthma. They can also be manufactured under conditions that are less than healthy for the environment. Instead, find recipes you like for simple, effective homemade cleaning products. Allergy and asthma sufferers will be happier, and so will the earth.

6) Consider Cloth Diapers – The idea of dealing with a messy cloth diaper can be off-putting at first blush, to say the least. What many people don’t realize is that clothies have come a long way since they last enjoyed widespread use. Even if you only use one cloth diaper a day to supplement disposable nappy use, you’ll keep three hundred and sixty-five diapers out of a landfill over the course of a single year.

7) Skip the Paper Towels – Tearing a paper towel off the role is convenient, but it’s also wasteful. Consider moving towards those cloth rags re-purposed from old clothing and towels, and you’ll be putting an end to single-use paper products that cost money and only end up in the trash.

8) Leave Your Shoes at the Door – There’s more to keeping a green home than reducing your impact on the land; it’s also about keeping your family healthy and happy. That’s why ditching your shoes at the door is so important. Instead of tracking pesticides, chemicals and other yucky contaminants in on the soles of your shoes, you’re leaving them out of your home altogether.

9) Keep Plastic Out of the Microwave – When a piece of plastic ware says that it’s “microwave safe” all that means is that it’s capable of withstanding high temperatures without turning to molten liquid. It may still contain dangerous chemicals and substances, which is decidedly not green. One of the quickest and easiest changes you can make towards achieving a greener home is to simply bypass the plastic bowl in favor of a glass or ceramic one on your way to the microwave.

10) Landscape Carefully – When you plot out your next landscaping project, take a moment to consider your local climate. Sourcing native plants and placing them properly will ensure that they’re able to thrive with minimal intervention, which means no chemical fertilizers, no pesticides and no need to waster water by pouring it into the ground in order to sustain a plant that isn’t able to naturally survive in your area.

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