Paper Towel Absorbency

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Paper Towel Absorbency |
INT Task 3 – Mardy Hodge-Wilson|
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Paper towels were introduced for kitchen use in 1931 by the Scott Company and are one of the most versatile paper products. They are made from wood pulp which is then bleached to make them white. Resin is added to increase the paper's strength and the implicated water is then removed, allowing the fibers to bond and form paper sheets. Two layers are combined to create moisture-absorbing air pockets, and shapes are pressed into the paper to further improve absorbency. Some additional steps used to increase absorbency are creping and embossing. Creping gives the towel extra flexibility and creates more openings for liquid to be absorbed and embossing helps to develop a "void area" between the two separate tissue plies, allowing the towel to retain more liquid. (Union, 2011) The paper towel has become a staple in most American homes since their introduction by the Scott Company in 1931. They are used and they are used for many different purposes. Its main purpose is for cleaning and absorbing spilled liquid. There are many different brands of paper towels available to consumers, all of which claim to be the most absorbent. How do we determine which paper towel is the most absorbent? The absorbency of a paper towel can be measured by the volume of liquid it can absorb. We are going to conduct an experiment that test the absorbency of two brands, one national brand Viva and a store brand Kroger by measuring the amount of water that each can absorb. We will answer the question: Which paper towel is more absorbent Viva or Kroger Value (store brand)? In my research I have found that the national brands are known for their absorbency. Bounty, a national brand, claims to be “the strongest, most absorbent paper towel on the market” according to their website. It also notes that it is three times stronger than a store brand”. (Gamble, 2011) In an experiment conducted by NCSSM...
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