If you still use c-fold paper hand towels, you are wasting money and paper. We explore why, and what the alternatives are.
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What does C-Fold Mean?
C-Fold towels have tabs which are folded in on each other in a 'C' shape. They are stacked on top of each other (not folded on top of each other)
1 - Towels come out in clumps
Because a c-fold doesn't come out one at a time, you can grab clumps of them. You may not realise that this is a problem, but take a look in your waste bins. Often you will find about 4 sheets clumped together, and only the ones at either side of the clump wet as above (people grab a clump, dry their hands on either side of the clump and throw them away).
2 - Towel Come Out Folded
Using paper products for drying is all about surface area - the surface area you have on the towel directly affects how much each towel absorbs. C-folds come out of the dispensers folded, which means that the surface area is about half that of an interfold towel. Not many people un-fold towels when they come out of the dispenser - generally you just take more towels.
We have an article on comparing the main types of towels - we include this for reference:
Interfold towels, or V-Fold towels are just folded in half, and they will come out of the dispenser one at a time.
Multifold, or Z-Fold (or even sometimes called M-Fold) towels have an extra fold which creates the 'Z' shape. Again these are dispensed one at a time.
Interfolded or multifolded towels are a much better option overall - they may cost slightly more per towel, but you should find your consumption of towels reduces, and the experience of the washroom user is enhanced. These towels overcome the 2 main failings of a c-fold - the towels come out one at a time, and the towels are presented to the user unfolded.
Join the movement - ban the c-fold!