Can Your Washroom Benefit from a Touch-Free Retrofit?
Whether you’re trying to decrease natural resource consumption or absenteeism, touchless washroom fixtures may benefit your facility’s efforts. The rapidly evolving technology eliminates the need for manual fixture operation, lowering the risk of cross-contamination. Meanwhile, the equipment dispenses only as much water, soap, warm air, or paper toweling as needed to cut down on waste. FEWER RESOURCES AND SICK DAYS Sustainability initiatives and hygiene considerations are frequent motivators for touchless retrofits. Eliminating the risk of wasteful practices, like faucets left running, can result in considerable savings, says Rick Nortier, product manager for faucets with manufacturer Sloan Valve. “The CDC recommendations call for a rinse, soap for 15 seconds, a final rinse, and using a paper towel to turn off the manual faucet,” Nortier explains. “The whole time you’re soaping and drying your hands, the water is still running. If you don’t rely on the user to turn the water off, however, you’ll save water and money.” Many users are loath to touch washroom handles, levers, and buttons for fear of cross-contamination, Nortier adds, which can lead to fewer users washing their hands properly. “People would prefer to touch as little as possible while in a restroom, such as avoiding cranks on paper towel dispensers,” says Bill Gagnon, vice president of marketing and key accounts for Excel Dryer. “Having a hands-free environment eliminates those concerns and increases usability.” FEATURES THAT FIT YOUR FACILITY Look at occupancy patterns to determine the right specifications. In many cases, an infrared sensor detects a visitor’s presence correctly. Some newer products require a hand wave – if the fixture is in a narrow area, wave technology keeps it from activating when people pass by at close range. Settings like the distance required for dispenser activation can often be changed in-house with no special tools, says Vince Rountree, Sr., marketing manager of the office building segment at Georgia-Pacific Professional. If sustainability is your main reason for updating the washroom, look for products certified by an independent third-party organization. Besides UL, ASME, and other minimum requirements, ask about certifications like: WaterSense: Indicates water efficiency in irrigation and plumbing products. GreenSpec: Shows inclusion in a database of green products, specifications, and practices. Maximum Performance (MaP): Compliance with a voluntary testing protocol aimed at quantifying how effectively various water-efficient flushometer-bowl combinations evacuate waste. Some washroom fixtures, such as Sloan’s Basys faucets, can also feed data into your building management system, allowing you to monitor faucet usage. Excel plans to equip its Excelerator dryers with the technology by the end of 2012. TROUBLESHOOT POST-INSTALL ISSUES If the sensor isn’t functioning like it should after the installation, troubleshoot first – the problem might be as simple as a dead battery, which is often the culprit with otherwise low-maintenance fixtures. “Most batteries are good for a certain number of uses, usually over18 months to two years,” says Bob Benazzi, former senior partner at Jaros Baum & Bolles, a mechanical and electrical consulting and engineering firm. “With a two-year battery life, I would replace all the batteries in the building in the 18th month.” Sensors in a wired fixture may go out of alignment if a vandal tampers with the electronic eye or hits the fixture so hard that the sensor inside is jostled out of place, Benazzi says. “Manufacturers have become more sophisticated with sensing systems,” adds Dave Fisher, engineer of research and development at World Dryer. “For example, if something is continually in the sensing zone, our system assumes that someone’s vandalized the unit. It may not operate, but it’s not continually running or switching on and off.” Touchfree products typically require less maintenance because eliminating the need to touch the product reduces the potential for abuse, Nortier says. If your area has high sediment, check your faucet’s solenoid valve and filter for damage. Continue regular soap and towel checks to ensure an adequate supply. Otherwise, you may be able to decrease more time-intensive maintenance to annual or semiannual tasks, such as blowing out the hand dryer’s insides with compressed air. “You can lower energy and operational costs with touchless hand dryers and other products and reduce water use with touchless faucets,” Gagnon says. “All of those costs are eliminated by using high-efficiency touchless fixtures.” Janelle Penny (janelle.penny@buildings.com) is associate editor of BUILDINGS. found here:http://www.buildings.com/ArticleDetails/tabid/3334/ArticleID/14434/Default.aspx

Not a bad read for those of you interested in a completely touch less washroom

The Japanese Are Once Again Needlessly Innovating And It’s Awesome | WebProNews
The Japanese Are Once Again Needlessly Innovating And It’s Awesome

I love Japanese scientists and inventors. They needlessly innovate in areas that we all thought were done with innovation years ago. The toilet? They made it better. The shower? They made it better. I think I’m starting to see a trend here and today’s innovation continues that trend in bathroom ingenuity.

Meet the Camitool, a hands-free automatic toilet paper dispenser. After years of automatic paper towel dispensers proliferating across the world’s bathrooms, it seems odd that an automatic toilet paper dispenser took so long. It makes perfect sense too. Why would you want to touch toilet paper in a public place that’s been touched by everybody else’s stank hands? It’s gross.

The Camitool is currently being used in hospitals across Japan. That’s the obvious first place you would put these little guys at, but it should be popping up at more locations across the country. It might even show up in the U.S. at some point. I highly doubt it though as we still don’t have those fancy Japanese toilets that put our archaic slabs of porcelain to shame.

Interested buyers can get a plastic or even wooden Camitool for $750 or $1,200 respectively. The price might be why we won’t see these guys popping up in bathrooms across the world. I guess we’ll have to deal with grabbing toilet paper that’s already been handled by who knows what.

[h/t: Geekosystem]

Wow fantastic a new automatic toilet paper dispenser, this product will be a fantastic addition not just to a regular washroom but will make a disabled persons life that little bit better, but i think it will be a while before we see these around to to its hefty price tag

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SCA completes purchase of Georgia pacific tissue paper operations | Washroom UK
So here is a bit of quick news for those of you following the tissue paper industry in the UK and europe, it has been released that the SCA one of the largest recycled tissue manufacturers in the USA has completed its purchase of Georgia pacific’s (lotus products for those that don’t know) tissue paper manufacturing company in europe to stop hurting its competition. The purchase of the company was for a whopping 1.65 billion dollars and was actually completed in november 2011 (sorry we are a bit late!) This should be great news for Europe especially the UK, Ireland & Switzerland Now as a retailer of toilet paper and toilet tissues this shouldnt really hurt our purchase prices but it should give us a greater opportunity to shop around for better prices. If you are looking for some toilet paper head here for our massive selection all available on a next working day delivery, if you need toilet paper dispensers then this link is for you

sounds like great news for georgia pacific’s competition in europe that this toilet tissue sale has finally gone through

Billericay pupil wins school £2k by building a stadium with toilet paper tubes
A BILLERICAY primary school is celebrating after winning a borough-wide competition. St Peter’s Catholic Primary School won £2,012 to spend on sporting equipment in a contest to create an Olympic stadium from recycled materials. ​ WINNER: Francesca Foster with council and Festival Leisure representatives CMCR20120717A-092_C Pupil Francesca Foster, in Year One at the Coxes Farm Road school, made the winning entry out of cardboard boxes, newspaper, toilet rolls and foil. The six-year-old’s design received more than 9,000 votes out of 26,000 that were placed. Head teacher John Peoples said: “The prize money will go a long way towards improving our indoor PE facilities. “All the children thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the competition as part of our Olympic-themed Week, which we held in school. The competition was organised by Festival Leisure Park and Basildon Council. Peter Scopes, manager of Festival Leisure Park, said: “2012 is a year of sport for the country and it is fantastic to reward the community in some way.” Alastair Kay, recycling officer at Basildon council, added: “All the entrants showed a great understanding of recycling as well as highlighting their creativity and imagination.” http://www.thisistotalessex.co.uk/Pupil-wins-school-pound-2k-building-stadium…

Congratulations to francesca foster for winning the school £2000 making a stadium out of recycled materials and toilet roll tubes

The Greener Grass: Paper towel dispensers
<blockquote class=’posterous_long_quote’><div style=”font-family: Times,Times New Roman,serif;”>Wow, it’s been way too long since I posted something on my blog. So I’m making a renewed effort to do so more regularly, because (as I read someplace that I’m supposed to say to myself every day), “I AM A WRITER!!”</div> <p> <div style=”font-family: Times,Times New Roman,serif;”> Let’s see, how ‘bout I start with one of my pet peeves… “automatic” bathroom paper towel dispensers. I’ve mentioned them before. I haven’t met one I’ve liked. Well, maybe one. But all the others either don’t work at all, and I therefore look like a fool waving my hand above, below, to the side, and in front of the darn things trying to get them to acknowledge my presence…or they (reluctantly and for spite) roll out about an inch and a half of paper for me to dry my hands on. If there are other men waiting in line for a paper towel, I feel especially stupid. I know they are staring at the back of my head, thinking “What’s wrong with this guy? Why can’t he get a simple paper towel dispenser to work?” I’ve said before in sermons that a man’s greatest fear is to be deemed a failure. Well, this is the place where that happens more than anywhere else - more than at home, more than in the board room, more than on the basketball court. It’s in bathrooms. The great enemy of a guy’s self-esteem is the “automatic” bathroom paper towel dispenser.&nbsp;</div> <p> <div style=”font-family: Times,Times New Roman,serif;”> I know why we don’t like them and they don’t like us. It has nothing to do with that little infrared thing on the front of the dispenser. It’s about <i>control.</i> We can’t control them. Unlike the old-style paper towel dispensers with the silver crank on the side (eww, germs!!), and unlike the less-old-style kind that you still see in some bathrooms, the kind with the lever you can push (eww, germs!!) that ACTUALLY WORKS, the “automatic” dispensers have a mind of their own. (That’s why I put “automatic” in quotes.) No matter what you do, the dispenser has the power in the relationship. And we humankind don’t like that. Ever since the Garden of Eden, we’ve fancied that we could be like God (Genesis 3:5). And when you’re in the bathroom with one of these new, no-touch paper towel dispensers, you just can’t be like God. The paper towel dispenser is, for that brief, hand-wringing moment of time, God. You’re not in control. <i>It </i>is.</div> <p> <div style=”font-family: Times,Times New Roman,serif;”> So the “automatic” paper towel dispenser is a metaphor. It’s a met</div></p></p></p></blockquote>

to say this guy doesn’t like automatic paper towel dispensers is an understatement but to be honest he has some good points!

East Riding Residents Among Best Reyclers
East Riding Residents Among Best Reyclers East Riding’s households recycled 60 per cent of their waste from bins last month (June). The recycling rate in the six trial areas was 70 per cent, with a big drop of 22 per cent in the waste being put in the green landfill bins. Councillor Symon Fraser, East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s portfolio holder for environment, housing and planning, said: “Our residents are up there, among the best in the country when it comes to recycling. “Month by month, since the beginning of this year, the recycling rate has steadily gone up and the amount of waste sent to landfill has been going down.” That 60 per cent recycling rate is based on the collections from the blue recycling bins, the brown bins for composting and the waste taken to the 10 household waste recycling sites. 1,872 tonnes of recyclables, ie glass, paper, plastics, cans and Tetra Pak, was collected from the blue bins last month compared with 1,292 tonnes in June last year, a jump of 45 per cent in just one year. 5,260 tonnes of garden waste, food waste and cardboard was collected from the brown bins, compared with 4,437 tonnes in June last year, an increase of 19 per cent. The waste in the green bins, which goes to landfill, was down by 15 per cent. This means that 941 tonnes less waste was sent to landfill last month compared with June last year, making a saving on landfill tax. In April, the council started a trial in six areas across the East Riding based on fortnightly collections of the blue recycling bins and the green landfill bins. The trail was extended in June to provide a fuller picture of the varying areas and demographics. The monthly figures broken down by area are: Beverley: Last month, 171 tonnes of glass, paper, plastics, cans and Tetra Pak was collected from the blue recycling bins, 38 tonnes more than in June last year, a 29 per cent increase. The amount of waste collected from the green landfill bins in the Beverley area was 14 per cent less than in June last year. Bridlington: Last month (June), 249 tonnes of glass, paper, plastics, cans and Tetra Pak were collected from the blue bins, 61 tonnes more than in March last year, an increase of 33 per cent. The amount of waste collected from the green landfill bins in the area was 14 per cent less than in June last year. Driffield: Last month, 148 tonnes of glass, paper, plastics, cans and Tetra Pak was collected from the blue recycling bins, 30 tonnes more than in June last year, a 26 per cent increase. The amount of waste collected from the green landfill bins in the Driffield area last month was 14 per cent less than in June last year. Goole: Last month, 229 tonnes of glass, paper, plastics, cans and Tetra Pak was collected from the blue recycling bins, 71 tonnes more than in June last year, a 45 per cent increase. The amount of waste collected from the green landfill bins in the Goole area last month was 21 per cent less than in June last year. Haltemprice: Last month, 324 tonnes of glass, paper, plastics, cans and Tetra Pak was collected from the blue recycling bins, 100 tonnes more than in June last year, a 44 per cent increase. The amount of waste collected from the green landfill bins in the Haltemprice area last month was 12 per cent less than in June last year. Holderness: Last month, 188 tonnes of glass, paper, plastics, cans and Tetra Pak was collected from the blue recycling bins, 34 tonnes more than in June last year, a 22 per cent increase. The amount of waste collected from the green landfill bins in the Haltemprice area last month was 15 per cent less than in June last year. Market Weighton/Pocklington: Last month, 219 tonnes of glass, paper, plastics, cans and Tetra Pak was collected from the blue recycling bins, 85 tonnes more than in June last year, a jump of 64 per cent. The amount of waste collected from the green landfill bins in the area last month was 18 per cent less than in June last year. http://www.aboutmyarea.co.uk/East-Riding/Hornsea/HU18/News/Local-News/227128-…

There we go a bit of good news today, it appears east ridings are one of the best recyclers in the country! go us, now we just need some nice steel washroom bins to help the recycling look better!

Woman says toilet paper holder injured her at McDonald’s | West Virginia Record
Woman says toilet paper holder injured her at McDonald’s 7/10/2012 12:55 PM By Kyla Asbury -Kanawha Bureau CHARLESTON — A Kanawha County woman is suing McDonald’s Corporation after she suffered injuries while in its South Charleston location’s restroom. Sarah Wiseman was also named as a defendant in the suit. On April 9, Jennifer Rose was in the restroom of the South Charleston McDonald’s when a metal toilet paper holder fell and slammed into her head, causing her serious injuries, according to a complaint filed June 25 in Kanawha Circuit Court. Rose claims the defendants failed to reasonably maintain the premises in a reasonably safe condition. The defendants also failed to fix or warn of hidden dangers and/or defects on its property, according to the suit. Rose claims the defendants failed to reasonably inspect the premises for dangerous conditions and negligently decided to use an unsafe device without posting proper warnings. The defendants’ actions caused Rose to suffer injuries to her head, neck, shoulder and other parts of her body, according to the suit. Rose is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. She is being represented by S. Brooks West II. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Charles E. King.

oh dear, just goes to show you need to keep a keen eye on your public restrooms in case toilet paper dispensers fall on people, oh not forgetting the rest of the items you have in there!

Beef on a budget: Lesser-known cuts are more affordably priced - NorthJersey.com
Recipes * TERES MAJOR WITH CILANTRO CASHEW PESTO 1 bunch fresh cilantro, stems and leaves 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons water 1/4 cup toasted cashews (pieces are fine) 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese Salt and ground black pepper 2 pounds teres major steaks Vegetable or canola oil Heat a grill to high. In a blender, combine the cilantro, olive oil, water, cashews and Parmesan. Blend until smooth, or as smooth as you prefer. Season with salt and pepper, then blend again. Set aside. Season the steaks with salt and pepper. Soak a crumpled paper towel from a dispenser with oil. Clasping the paper towel with tongs, oil the grates of the grill. Add the steaks and cook over high heat for 5 to 8 minutes per side for medium-rare. Remove the steaks from the grill and allow to rest for 8 to 10 minutes. Thinly slice the steaks across the grain and top with the pesto. Start to finish: 45 minutes Servings: 4 Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 510 calories; 230 calories from fat (45 percent of total calories); 25 grams fat (7 grams saturated; no trans fats); 150 milligrams cholesterol; 3 grams carbohydrate; 63 grams protein; 1 gram fiber; 530 milligrams sodium. * FENNEL RUBBED DENVER STEAKS WITH GRILLED FENNEL AND BLUE CHEESE 1 teaspoon fennel seeds 4 Denver cut steaks, 3/4-inch thick (2 pounds total) Salt and ground black pepper 2 fennel bulbs, white parts only, cut into quarters Vegetable or canola oil Wedges of lemon 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese Heat the grill to medium-high. In a spice grinder or using a mortar and pestle, grind the fennel seeds. Sprinkle the ground seeds over both sides of the steaks, then rub into the meat. Season the steaks with salt and pepper. Season the fennel bulb quarters with salt and pepper. Soak a crumpled paper towel with oil. Clasping the paper towel with tongs, oil the grates of the grill. Grill the fennel quarters for 10 minutes, turning once during cooking. Grill the steaks for 4 to 6 minutes per side for medium-rare. Remove the steaks from the heat and allow to rest for 8 to 10 minutes. To serve, arrange 2 fennel quarters on each plate. Squeeze some fresh lemon juice over them, then top with a sprinkle of blue cheese. Serve with the steak. Start to finish: 30 minutes Servings: 4 Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 470 calories; 240 calories from fat (51 percent of total calories); 27 grams fat (11 grams saturated; 1 gram trans fats); 155 milligrams cholesterol; 10 grams carbohydrate; 46 grams protein; 4 grams fiber; 590 milligrams sodium. found here: http://www.northjersey.com/food_dining/162683736_Beef_cuts_that_are_easier_on…

heres a recipe you might be interested in, sounds like its fantastic!

London 2012 brand police | David Airey, graphic designer
<blockquote class=’posterous_long_quote’><p>It wasn’t enough that “brand police” check every bathroom in every Olympic venue removing or taping over manufacturers’ logos (on soap dispensers, wash basins and toilets).</p> <blockquote class=”posterous_short_quote”><p>“At the 40 Olympics venues, 800 retailers have been banned from serving chips to avoid infringing fast-food rights secured by McDonald’s.”</p></blockquote></blockquote>

i mentioned this previously that the olympics have banned brands and logos which dont have any sponsorship with the olympics - now i dont know about you but if i saw a black tape over a logo on a soap dispenser it would make me want to know what it is! leaving these things alone and nobody would take a blind bit of notice (thats my thoughts anyway)