Innovative Cascades® Antibacterial Paper Towel Now Available for Sale Online at Office Depot

  Innovative Cascades® Antibacterial Paper Towel Now Available for Sale Online
  at Office Depot

 Scientifically re-engineered hand towel reduces bacterial contamination and
         transmission without changing hand washing and drying habits

Business Wire

WATERFORD, N.Y. -- January 10, 2013

Cascades Tissue Group today announced that the Cascades^® Antibacterial paper
towel is currently available for purchase at Office Depot via, The offering makes Office Depot the first national
retailer to sell this novel product, since it’s launch to the U.S.
away-from-home market in October 2012. The Cascades Antibacterial paper towel
minimizes hand contamination by killing over 99.99 percent of harmful bacteria
almost instantly, unlike ordinary paper towels.

Since 80 percent of all infections are transmitted by hand, the lack of proper
hand hygiene – namely inadequate hand washing and drying practices – continues
to be a consistent, if not deadly, problem. The distinctly green-colored
Cascades Antibacterial paper towel can fit anywhere, doesn’t require
additional steps and compensates for people’s imperfect hygiene habits without
changing the way they wash or dry their hands. When placed in contact with wet
hands, the towel releases Benzalkonium Chloride. This active ingredient has
been used safely in common products like gel sanitizers, baby wipes and
antiseptic skin solutions since 1935, but is unique to dry paper towels.

Cascades performed several third-party laboratory tests to ensure the safety
and efficacy on the Antibacterial Paper Towel. Microbiologists reported that
the Antibacterial paper towel, when used after washing hands with soap and
water, provides a more hygienic result versus alcohol-based gels and other
hand sanitizers. While these other products kill bacteria and are useful when
there is no water and soap available, they don’t remove the organic matter
(grease, dirt, blood, etc.) often found on hands. First cleared by Health
Canada, Cascades Tissue Group’s innovative paper product now also complies
with the regulation and policies of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

“We’re delighted that this product, which makes such good common sense as it
relates to hand hygiene and human health, is now available through Office
Depot,” said Suzanne Blanchet, CEO of Cascades Tissue Group and product
champion. “This represents a major milestone in that people nationwide now
have convenient access to such a major tool for thwarting the spread of

Cascades Tissue Group produced the Antibacterial paper towel using its
unsurpassed environmental practices. The product contains 100 percent recycled
fiber, and is made using five times less water than the North American paper
industry average.

About Cascades Tissue Group

Cascades Tissue Group is a division of manufacturing and packaging
leaderCascades, Inc. (CAS Toronto Exchange), a pioneer in recycled paper
manufacturing.The division has 18 mills spread throughout North America,
including 10 in theUnited States. Its towel and tissue products are generally
considered single-usegoods – a fact motivating Cascades to remain an industry
model of forward-thinkingmanufacturing, sustainability and carbon avoidance.
For more information about the Cascades Antibacterial Towel, visit For more information aboutCascades Tissue Group as
an organization, visit www.afh.cascades.comor follow Cascades on Twitter at


For Cascades Tissue Group
Troy Tepley, 651-789-1277
Aaron Berstler, 651-789-1264
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