Clean & bacteria-free hands
Leaves no chemicals whatsoever on hands or surfaces
Remains fresh and free of odour for a longer duration than regular towels
Flexible in use and easy to have with you
No skin irritation whatsoever, far less dry skin
No expiry of antimicrobial treatment
Compact alternative to soap
Reduced distribution costs
The anti-microbial technology is permanent and lasts longer than the materials of the towel
Efficient alternative to soap
Broad spectrum efficacy
Fast acting technology, 99%+ bacteria killed within 30 secs
Kills even MRSA
Very small water consumption
Even contaminated water can be used
Less bulky than soap
Supertowel was originally presented as a proposal to the challenge #ReimagineSoap by the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF).
A subsequent project was funded by the HIF, where handwashing with the Supertowel was compared in the lab to water and soap. Following a successful outcome, a user acceptance field study was conducted under the same grant in a refugee camp in Ethiopia.
A production scale-up project, where the production method for Supertowel was developed, was also funded by the HIF. The project successfully established a supply chain that can provide Supertowel at the right quality, quantity and price.
Supertowel has furthermore received funding from USAID OFDA for extended laboratory studies, where handwashing with Supertowel is compared again to handwashing with soap and water, but under more realistic conditions, i.e shorter time, less water, contaminated water source and visibly dirty.
The Supertowel™ project is supported by Elhra's Humanitarian Innovation Fund programme, a grant making facility supporting organisations and individuals to identify, nuture and share innovative and scalable solutions to the most pressing challenges facing effective humanitarian assistance. The HIF is funded by aid from the UK Government. Visit www.elrha.org for more information about Elrha's work to improve humanitarian outcomes through research, innovation and partnership.
This research was made possible by the generous support of the American people thorugh the United States Agency for international development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of the authors of the paper and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States government.