Though it's not an exact science, controlling the use of paper toweling can be done in ways that benefit both the users and their facilities. Providing paper products that are absorbent is the first step toward reducing overuse, reducing the amount or number of towels users need to effectively dry hands.

The best way to regulate the amount of towel used is through controlled systems, which generally provide a lower cost-per-use as well as reduced labor costs associated with stocking the product. Dispensing one towel at a time reduces the risk of waste. These systems are also generally touch-free, providing an additional benefit of cross-contamination prevention.

Absorbency found in a quality towel contributes toward occupant and tenant satisfaction, and encouraging use of a controlled amount of product helps reduce costs.