Just this once, we’re going to urge people to use more water.
Usually, it’s exactly the opposite. Sustainability is our highest priority, and we’ve engineered our line of water-saving commercial restroom fixtures to help architects and designers build sustainability into their designs.
Next Monday, however, is Global Handwashing Day, and we’re proud to support this day of global advocacy of raising awareness of the importance of handwashing with soap. There’s no easier, more effective way to prevent disease and save lives.
So we’d like to take this opportunity to ask everyone to wash their hands more often with enough hot water and soap to get the job done right. And not just on October 15!
What’s Global Handwashing Day all about?
Every year on Global Handwashing Day, over 200 million people in more than 100 countries promote the simple, lifesaving act of handwashing with soap. From multinational corporations to tiny rural schools, adults and kids get together to wash their hands—and spread the word about why handwashing is so important.
Handwashing has been proven to significantly reduce potential pathogens, but according to the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), people wash their hands properly only about half as often as they should—and usually for less time than recommended.
This year’s theme is “Clean hands—a recipe for health,” and the day’s activities will focus on the links between handwashing, food hygiene and nutrition. When food contamination seems to make regular headlines, it’s important to remind people that handwashing before cooking, eating or feeding others can help keep food clean and safe, prevent diseases and help children thrive.
One of the goals of this year’s events will be to encourage families and businesses to establish a convenient place, with soap handy, for handwashing near where food is prepared or eaten.
Hygiene meets sustainability and style
Handwashing is critical, and it requires water use. But we’ve found that hygiene and water savings can work together seamlessly—and the combination can be stylish, too.
For instance, the parts of manual faucets that people touch can become a breeding ground for germs. That’s one reason Sloan only makes touchless, sensor-operated faucets. The other reason we only make sensor faucets is that by shutting off automatically, they use less water, too.
We also pair our low-flow, hygiene-friendly sensor faucets with matching sensor-activated soap dispensers—now available with special finishes in polished brass, brushed nickel, brushed stainless and polished chrome—to make the handwashing process both easy and stylish.
Finally, our peerless AER-DEC® integrated sink system puts the entire handwashing experience within arm’s length, with faucet, soap dispenser and hand dryer all working together in a hygienic, touch-free system.
We hope you’ll celebrate Global Handwashing Day at your home, school or workplace. With commercial restroom fixtures from Sloan, you’ll discover that hygiene, sustainability and style go... wait for it... hand in hand.
From the 1906 invention of the Royal® Flushometer to today’s automatic fixtures, Sloan’s innovations have saved building owners billions of gallons of water. Contact us for innovations that set the tone for another 112 years.
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