Paper Towels: Reduce Bacteria and Preferred by Users

Georgia-Pacific Professional Study Shows Preference for Touchless Paper Towel Dispensers in Away-From-Home Washrooms

Atlanta, GA, February 24, 2010 --( An overwhelming majority of people (79 percent) prefer touchless towel dispensers to air dryers(1) according to the “Washroom Product Study,” developed by Georgia-Pacific Professional – the industry leader of tissue, towel, wiper and foodservice solutions – and conducted by Housekeeping Solutions magazine. In addition, research compiled by the European Tissue Symposium, an international trade organization in which Georgia-Pacific Professional is a member, revealed that paper towels can reduce up to 77 percent of bacteria present on hands after washing(2).

These two studies support Georgia-Pacific Professional’s long-standing mission to provide hygienic product solutions that help create safer away-from-home washroom experiences for users and facility staff members.

“We commissioned this study to understand what makes users feel comfortable when visiting a washroom while away from home,” says Alex Volpe, director – towel category for Georgia-Pacific Professional. “The results reinforce our company’s ongoing philosophy that washroom guests, as well as the facility professionals who stock the restrooms, seek out clean and hygienic environments.”

The “Washroom Product Study” also revealed that 81 percent of facility managers, the primary audience for Housekeeping Solutions magazine, believe internal promotion of proper hand washing and hygiene practices help reduce employee sick leave. Of this same audience, 52 percent choose touchless paper towel and soap dispensers versus other options to create a more hygienic washroom experience for users.

This survey of facility managers and users is part of an ongoing effort by Georgia-Pacific Professional to understand customer and end user preferences and habits to create hygienic washroom environments. Paired with education efforts in both trade and consumer media, the company is working to encourage people to stay healthier by washing their hands more. For more information on these efforts please visit Smart.

About Georgia-Pacific Professional
Georgia-Pacific Professional is a provider of hygienic dispensing systems, towels, tissues, soaps, air fresheners, wipers, cups, cutlery and napkins. Two business groups operate under the Georgia-Pacific Professional business. The Washroom and Wiper Solutions group provides the full range of products to market segments including office buildings, healthcare, manufacturing, and lodging facilities. The Food Services Solutions group focuses on such segments as restaurants, coffee shops, and convenience stores. The Georgia-Pacific Professional business features such well-known product brands as enMotion®, Compact®, Dixie®, EasyNap®, SmartStock® and Brawny Industrial™. For more information on Georgia-Pacific Professional, please call 1-866-HELLO GP (435-5647) or visit us at

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1 Washroom Products Study Sponsored By Georgia-Pacific Professional, July 2009
2 University of Westminster, Feb. 2009 – a comparative study of different hand drying methods

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