Possible Hazards of Hand Dryers

Posted On: February 08, 2018

Bathroom sanitation is an issue all public bathrooms face on a day-to-day basis. Recently a Facebook post went viral about an image of a Petri dish claiming to contain bacteria and pathogenic fungi from a hand dryer. The post is by Nicole Ward, who shared the image of bacteria and fungi she said grew after only a few days. "I stuck the open plate in an enclosed hand dryer of a public bathroom for a total of 3 minutes," Ward says in the post. "Yes 3 minutes only. DO NOT EVER dry your hands in those things again." She goes on to finish by saying, "This is several strains of possible pathogenic fungi and bacteria that you're swirling around your hands, and you think you're walking out with clean hands. You're welcome."

The hand dryer in question Ward claims she stuck the dish in is a Dyson Airblade and the manufacturers commented about the situation, saying they were surprised to see the results and were "unclear on the methodology employed." It should be mentioned that Ward's scientific background is unclear, so her 

Now, it goes without saying that these results should be taken with a grain of salt, but the post has been shared at this point more than 530,000 times, so it is clearly reaching an audience and making an impact. It is making people question whether or not they should be using an enclosed hand dryer in a public restroom, due to the possibility of harmful bacteria. Ward even goes so far to say in the comments that she won't dry her hands at all in the bathroom. Not with a dryer. Not with paper towels. Simply wave her hands in the air and dry them on her clothes. 

This all brings up an interesting conversation about bathroom sanitation and how clean your hands get after washing them in public bathrooms. For owners of restaurants, clean and sanitary bathrooms are a must. Before purchasing any sort of products, it is important to ensure you are getting quality products that will keep the customers healthy and germ-free. Having an unpleasant experience in a bathroom due to unsanitary conditions is a turn off for many people and could lead to that customer never returning again. Don't leave that up to chance and research products before purchasing them. Check out our selection of janitorial products to ensure your bathrooms are kept clean.

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Tips to Avoid Getting the Flu

Posted On: January 18, 2018

Nobody wants to get the flu. Recently, the Center for Disease Control released an official health advisory for all Americans 6 months and older. This advisory stated the need for those Americans to get vaccinated for the flu. Since the flu strain is constantly changing, it is difficult to accurately pinpoint the exact strain of flu that could cause you harm. Here are seven places to be wary of in public that could be harboring harmful germs. Some of your more standard places are on the list, like subway turnstiles and gym equipment, but one area might be surprising and that the soap dispenser in a public restroom.

Soap dispensers in a bathroom are dirtier than they may realize, as the liquid soap itself can become contaminated. One study, published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, found that one in every four dispenser machines used in public restrooms are contaminated with bacteria and even fecal matter. To avoid germ hubs like this, washing your hands with soap from dispensers that uses sealed refills can greatly reduce the bacteria from getting on your hands. If you are a real germophone, bringing your own soap and hand sanitizers will ease those concerns.

So make sure your soap dispensers have sealed refills, because those that do not are susceptible to contracting harmful germs, which could in turn lead to the flu. Check out our janitorial section for our selection of soap dispensers and hand sanitizers to keep you, your employees and your customers healthy and germ free.

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Importance of Clean Baby Changing Stations

Posted On: December 27, 2017

When a parent has a small child, keeping that child healthy and free from germs is of utmost concern. And when that small child inevitably dirties his or her diaper, that parent must find a place to clean up. Oftentimes, public baby changing stations are in poor condition and could likely lead to that parent not returning to that facility after that initial use. A comfortable public restroom with a clean baby station could keep customers coming through that door.

Frequent cleaning by the facility manager is paramount in maintaining the upkeep of baby stations. Far too often parents leave the station worse than how they found it. With this frequent use, baby changing stations can become a breeding ground for numerous germs and bacteria arising mainly from fecal matter, like salmonella. Due to this, baby changing stations should be cleaned periodically throughout the day. Babies are more susceptible to germs, so consistently applying proper cleaning principles to baby changing stations is of vital importance.

Several regulations are in place to monitor baby changing stations. How high they must be above the floor, how far they can be from the wall (opened or closed), how much weight they can safely carry, and other viable configurations for when wall space is limited are among some of the regulations. Some health and safety features should be built in, like safety straps for securing the baby, disposable table liners and smooth, hidden hinges. These regulations are only required by federal buildings, as other facilities merely have baby changing stations as a courtesy to the customer. But that does not mean that they should be held to a lower standard. Maintaining baby changing stations could bring back customers and keep them happy while out. And besides, who is to say that these regulations, which are only for federal buildings, do not eventually work their way into more types of buildings.

Ensure your customers have the best in baby changing stations and is clean and free of bacteria. Baby changing stations with antimicrobial protection will be one step ahead of the game and be protecting children from harmful bacteria and germs.

Click here to see our Rubbermaid Baby Changing Station. It is infused with antimicrobial protection, has easy to reach hooks, a built-in shelf and liner storage, laminated 2-ply tissue paper and comes with 320 liners per carton.

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New York City's New Organic Food Law

Posted On: October 26, 2017

New York City passed a new law on July 19, 2016 requiring many food businesses in the area to separate normal food waste from organic food waste. This new law is pushing for a more environmentally friendly approach to waste management. The law pertains to various food businesses including hotels with at least 150 rooms, arena and stadium vendors, food manufacturers and wholesalers. Facilities under the new law's coverage must adhere to strict packaging and food laws requiring that all organic waste be privately digested or composted rather than delivered to landfills.

How Can Your Business Follow The Law?

A great first step to making your business more eco-friendly is to figure out how you would like your organic waste processed. You can either have on-site waste pickup from a private composter, delivery the waste to a composter yourself or process the waste yourself. Another option is to use more eco-friendly food packaging components for your products. Since these packaging options break down easier, there will be less trash taking up landfills and a more positive impact on the environment.

Help your employees understand the benefits of this new law and how they can dispose of all organic waste cleanly and efficiently. Training your employees on proper recycling and composting protocol will not benefit your business as well as the rest of New York City and the world. For more information on our eco-friendly food packaging and food containers, please call one of our courteous representatives today. 

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3 Compartment Fiber Taco Clamshell

Posted On: October 10, 2017

People enjoy the convenience of grabbing their food to go. However, so many takeout containers are too flimsy, bulky and bad for the environment. Some containers are also too small for some orders and easily spill or topple over. Tacos and other brittle or delicate foods especially need the most support and protection during transportation so they do not break or fall apart.

Let your customers grab their tacos or any other food to go with our 3 Compartment Fiber Taco Clamshell. This recyclable container has three spaces for food and condiments and opens flat for even more space. This lightweight durable container is 100% compostable and reusable. Tacos, hot dogs, eclairs and whatever else you enjoy will stay protected from spills and contamination with its perforated hinged lid.

Learn about our Sustainable Food Packaging.

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GreenBox Pizza Box

Posted On: October 05, 2017

Who does not love pizza? It can be a quick grab-and-go meal or an awesome treat to share with friends and family. Now you can help save the environment and impress your customers. The new GreenBox does it all. The easy break away top can be used as plates and if there are leftovers the bottom of the box can be converted into a smaller container that can fit into even the smallest of refrigerators.

The GreenBox Pizza Box (featured on ABC’s Shark Tank, CBS’s Rachael Ray Show etc.) is a multi-functional, eco-friendly pizza box that transforms into four plates & a handy container for leftovers, eliminating the need for wasteful storage materials like disposable plates, plastic wrap & aluminum foil.  Our product is available in 10”, 12”, 14”, 16” and 18”, is customizable to any size and can be produced with artwork in up to four colors on either kraft or white. 

Learn more about our Sustainable Food Packaging products.

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Moducup Sustainacup Paper Coffee Cups

Posted On: September 21, 2017

Coffee is one of the most popular beverages on the planet. You can enjoy it hot or cold any time of the day. Now, you can enjoy coffee while helping the environment at the same time. Moducup Sustainacup Paper Coffee Cups are manufactured with over 25% unbleached recycled fibers saving countless trees and other natural resources from the production process.

These cups are made in the U.S.A. with modern technology while preserving the recycled fibers' natural look, elevating the richness of your choice beverage. This product comes in 8, 10,12,16 and 20 oz sizes. Lids in black or white are available for all sizes in Dome Lock Back, Flat Tear Back, Dome Lock Back and Translucent with Straw Slot.

Learn more about our Sustainable Food Packaging products.

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Promotional Football Server & Container Bowl

Posted On: September 15, 2017

Many dream of playing in a Super Bowl, but how about eating out of one? Cube Plastics has you covered this season with their reusable and recyclable Promotional Football Server & Container Bowl. Perfect for serving chicken wings, nachos and other game day classics, the football container bowl is sure to please. Its versatile and durable design makes it perfect for microwaving and freezing food of any kind. The bowl is dishwasher safe and has a leak resistant lid so ordering takeout and grabbing food on the go is a breeze.

Weighing only 48 oz  and just over a foot long with a 2 inch depth, the football container bowl is easy to handle and transport. Your customers will be delighted seeing their favorite snacks being served in a fun and lively way as they kick back and watch their favorite teams play. We believe there is no off-season for creating original eye-grabbing products.   

Learn more about our Restaurant Takeout Containers.

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