A new study published in the Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology journal will make you even more nervous about your next hospital stay. The recent study cited in Modern Healthcare suggests that hospital bed linens could be a source of C. difficile outbreaks and infection even after the sheets have been washed.
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A version of this article originally appeared on GreenMatters, a site dedicated to interesting news and topics regarding sustainability.
Preparing for the school year to begin can be a drain on resources for colleges across the country, and not just economically. Setting up visiting days and orientations requires the preparation of large amounts of food, providing rooms for thousands of students, and cleaning up after every event. All of this can take a real toll on the environment, which is why the University of Virginia (UVA) teams up with Beantown Bedding and Black Bear Composting to tackle one waste stream in particular: bedding.
This time of year college students fill the football stadiums, rush fraternities and sororities, and of course, study for exams—but they’re not hanging out in the laundry room!
No one knows this better than Beantown Bedding Co-Founders Joan Ripple and Kirsten Lambert, two moms who learned that most college kids get a failing grade when it comes to washing their bed sheets. Their solution? Laundry-Free Linens®...biodegradable bed sheets that can be composted or discarded instead of laundered.
How do sleep patterns impact students’ academic studies? A University Registrar recently looked into this topic when he began to study the phenomenon known as “social jet lag”.
"[Researchers] Schirmer and Smarr analyzed two years of Northeastern student data and determined that a majority of students experience a misalignment between their natural internal rhythms and their school environment, known as social jet lag (SJL). In an academic setting, that could be a student whose internal timing is that of a night owl, but who has to wake up early twice a week for an 8 a.m. class. The study—the largest survey of real-world student SJL ever published—concluded that more SJL correlated to poorer academic performance (which, unfortunately, appears relevant for most students)."
Compost Communicator recently sat down with the co-founders of Beantown Bedding, a U.S. Composting Council member who joined the USCC to learn more about ensuring that their product, Laundry-Free Linens®, is entirely compostable in the compost manufacturing world. Beantown Bedding has been exploring its products’ impact on fellow USCC members’ facilities.
Q. Tell us about the mission of your company in your market.
Beantown Bedding developed compostable bed linens: eco-friendly disposable sheets that are soft and durable enough for weeks of use and are created with the intent of composting. The USDA certified 100% biobased product is chemical-free and made with eco-award winning TENCEL® fiber from eucalyptus trees. Laundry-Free Linens® are an innovative and convenient way for businesses and consumers to have clean sheets without the hassles of laundry.
Joan Ripple, Co-Founder of Beantown Bedding, recounts packing up her kids for summer camp -- and the certain items she doesn't want to see return home.
Our Emergency Supply Checklist covers a few essentials to have on hand in order to rapidly respond to unexpected disasters. Beantown Bedding's disposable sheets have been assisting Emergency Management professionals throughout the U.S. and they’ve become an integral part of emergency shelters across the country.
Beantown Bedding’s innovative bed sheets recently caught the attention of Organic Life magazine. In the publication’s fall feature, the health and wellness site got to know the backstory behind the company’s disposable bed sheets and learned more about the linens’ eco-friendly elements.
Are you looking for a holiday gift for your favorite traveler, Airbnb host, camper or college student? Now there's a way to provide clean sheets without the laundry! Beantown Bedding's Laundry-Free Linens® are the first and only product of its kind, offering the comfort of washable sheets with the convenience of disposables. These biodegradable bed sheets may be used for days or weeks and simply discarded or composted instead of laundered. How's that for a gift that keeps on giving?