Kill Over 99.99% of Residual Bacteria on Hands to Help Reduce the Spread of H1N1


This year’s cold and flu season brings new levels of concern as H1N1 hits epidemic levels across the United States, with younger people (ages 18-49) being especially susceptible to this strain of the flu virus. With nearly 80% of all infections transmitted by hand, health experts are stressing the importance of proper hand hygiene to reduce the spread of H1N1 throughout the population.

Proper hand washing with soap and water, followed by a thorough drying with paper towels effectively removes bacteria from the hands, reducing the risk of contaminating others by 21%.

Excellent news… but what about those who don’t wash and dry their hands properly?

Introducing a New Paper Towel That Kills Over 99.99% of Residual Bacteria on Hands

Fortunately, there’s a new paper towel specifically designed to compensate for poor hand hygiene habits. Cascades® Antibacterial Paper Towel contains Benzalkonium Chloride, an active antibacterial ingredient, which is effective against respiratory viruses, like the flu. Not only does it kill over 99.99% of bacteria on hands leftover from poor handwashing, this towel also complies with US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations and policies.

Because Cascades Antibacterial Paper Towel is used like regular towels, it can fit anywhere and doesn’t require additional steps or a change in peoples’ habits. This is a truly innovative product that is turning some heads – it earned the prestigious 2013 Edison Award (Gold Medal), as well as a 4-star rating in the 2013 Environmental Leader Technology Review Report.

Learn more about Cascades Antibacterial Paper Towel and HAIs

Product Testimonials

We all like to see evidence that new products really work. Fortunately, Cascades has compiled a collection of testimonials and success stories to serve as proof of concept.

Boston Properties

When I saw the Cascades Antibacterial paper towels in a trade magazine I called to request a sample right away… I had never seen anything like this product in the market and quickly realized the benefits. With the Antibacterial towels people don’t need to change their habits, they just wash and dry their hands like they normally would, and the towel eliminates over 99.99% of residual bacteria left on their hands.

I’ve always heard that most people don’t wash their hands as adequately as they should, so I knew that I could make our offices healthier for workers and visitors by bringing these towels into our facility. Furthermore, response to the towels has been largely positive in our offices. I recommend the Cascades Antibacterial paper towels for all facilities that care about the health and well-being of their employees and customers, especially during influenza season.

– Simon Bustow, Property Manager, Boston Properties

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Spring Hill College

Managing a custodial staff at a busy college is a challenge in itself, especially during the cold and flu season. The students at this college live in dorms and share everything, including their germs… It is common knowledge that a high percentage of people do not wash their hands properly after using the restroom and busy college students are no exception. When my sales representative explained that the Cascades Antibacterial paper towels eliminate over 99.99% of residual bacteria and germs, I was sold. If I could provide a product that would eliminate germs without having to take extra steps or change current hand washing habits, I knew that it would be a success.

My sales representative left samples, and I ordered a few cases to test the product at our student center, one of the busiest areas on campus. I have received numerous praises for the Cascades Antibacterial paper towels and have since placed the Cascades Antibacterial towels in other buildings around the campus. This product has had a very positive effect with the students, and I would not hesitate to recommend this product to others.

– Amy L. Wilson, Director of Custodial Services, Spring Hill College

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Kirsten DeHaai

Director of eCommerce Marketing at HP Products Corporation
Kirsten DeHaai is the Director of eCommerce Marketing for HP Products, a distributor of facility maintenance supplies throughout the Midwest. Kirsten has more than 8 years of experience in eCommerce development, brand management, online marketing and communications.