Amasht Hygiene E-news | October 2011
Smart Washrooms
Washrooms in India have undergone a facelift in the last two decades with increase in purchasing power, exposure to modern facilities and entry of global brands in sanitary wares and fittings. Though the washroom scenario is fast changing in individual households, hygiene standards in public washrooms are yet to see the required improvement.

On the drawing board, a smart washroom looks like a hi−tech private place which saves you the queasy feeling of touching things that don′t belong to you. It is important to wash hands after a visit to the toilet but equally important is the act of drying hands. The ubiquitous cloth towel is a breeding ground for bacteria with all the wet spots. It contaminates the hand again. As per the CDC guidelines, one should wash hands with soap and water and dry it with a clean towel. Single use tissue based products can play an important role. Tissues are widely used as hand tissues, body tissues, toilet tissues, face tissues and paper napkins. The acceptance of these products is inhibited by cultural practices but the argument in their favour is that they reduce water consumption and importantly gives a hygienic experience to the user. They ensure that the floors and toilet seats are not left wet and messy after use, leaving the washroom clean for the next user.
Tissue has wide ranging applications and can be broadly categorised into various types. But when we talk of tissues, it normally means soft tissues. Tissues could be virgin grade which is made from pure pulp, the source of which could be either hardwood or softwood. Tissues could also be of recycled grade which are obtained indirectly from the original raw material by using recycling technology to break down previously formed paper product (wastepaper) for fibre recovery. Main attributes of tissues can be listed as − absorbency, softness and strength (both wet and dry).

Customers usually think that all tissue products are eco−friendly as these are, by nature, completely biodegradable. However, tissue can be certified as eco friendly only if the company uses the pulp from certified forestry and has in possession certificates from agencies like Forest Stewardship Council. It also matters what processes and chemicals are used (or rather not used) in making the pulp into paper. The new norms for environment friendliness can be best served by a proper mix of recycle fibre and virgin fibre which can help ensure that both usage and wastage is minimised with better absorbency, thereby reducing environment damage. This is what is made available with patented UCTAD technology products.
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"Hygiene” comes from Hygieia, the Greek goddess of health, cleanliness, and . . . the moon. Ancient Greek gods apparently worked double shifts.

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