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Case Study: See How South Shore Hospital is Using Laundry-Free Linens®

Posted by Beantown Bedding on 12/4/18 4:00 PM

According to the CDC, U.S. hospitals produce more than 5 billion pounds of laundry each year—which makes managing healthcare linens a never-ending task. South Shore Hospital, a provider of acute, outpatient, home health and hospice care, was one of the first facilities to address this challenge by using Beantown Bedding's innovative Laundry-Free Linens®.

The Problem

After a steady increase in inpatient admissions, South Shore Hospital sought to better prepare for emergencies, which often led to shortages of beds, linens and transportation. Many staff members would have unexpected overnight stays during emergencies and would require linens themselves, which meant conserving bed sheets and keeping a close eye on supplies. The hospital also had concerns about its regular linen provider; during a recent winter storm, the linen provider was unable to make deliveries and the hospital was at risk of running out of clean sheets.

The Solution

South Shore Hospital turned to Beantown Bedding to accommodate its staff. Laundry-Free Linens® are surprisingly soft, eco-disposable sheets that were the perfect solution for workers staying overnight. The grab 'n go sets are not only convenient (no washing), there was also no guilt in discarding them as they are entirely compostable. Having Laundry-Free Linens® on hand also helped the hospital regulate linen levels and ensure that a sufficient supply of clean linen was always available.

Working with the Director of Environmental Services and Emergency Planning Manager, Beantown Bedding was able to deliver comfort, support and convenience to hospital staff members. And since Laundry-Free Linens® are biodegradable and hypoallergenic, they are also being considered as a potential solution for additional departments within the hospital.

 

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Topics: Sustainability, Innovation, Laundry-Free Linens, healthcare, Emergency Management

Dealing with Bedbugs in College

Posted by Guest Author on 11/5/18 12:00 PM

This article was written by Gwen Elise, Author at Student Caffe, and originally appeared on the Student Caffe Bloga place to explore real topics relating to students.

When I was a college sophomore, an acquaintance of mine from the adjacent dorm building noticed nasty bites all over his body. He assumed that whatever he was going through was an isolated incident—spider bites, maybe—but what he didn’t know was that other residents in the building were also being bitten at night. By the time they banded together and figured out that bedbugs had moved into their dorm, the ruthless little creatures had taken over the top two floors of the building. The word got out, and soon everyone at school knew about the infestation. “Don’t go in there,” we nonresidents would whisper ominously to each other when we walked past the place. “That dorm has bedbugs.”

Few outbreaks are feared more by college students than bedbugs. Not only are they keen to spread and difficult to treat, but bedbugs come with a social stigma. We think of them as indicators of filthy homes and dirty dorm rooms, but it’s not nearly that simple. So, what is the deal with bedbugs, and more importantly, how do you deal with them if you have them? Good questions. Let’s start from the beginning. 

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Topics: College Bedding, Dorms, Bedding, College, Laundry-Free Linens

Did You Know? Hospital Bed Linens Could be a Source of Infection Even After Being Washed

Posted by Beantown Bedding on 10/18/18 6:00 AM


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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Topics: Bedding, Laundry-Free Linens, healthcare

Sustainable Tourism: It’s Not Just for Tree-Huggers! Go Local and Laundry-Free with Beantown Bedding

Posted by Beantown Bedding on 9/14/18 8:00 AM
 
As the movement toward sustainable tourism, eco-tourism, and conscious tourism gains momentum, travelers are packing, trekking, eating and sleeping greener. In the process of making a difference through their travel, they're also developing a whole new vocabulary—popularizing terms like “leave no trace” and “pro-poor”. They're choosing public transportation or car sharing services, such as Lyft and Uber; gauging their water consumption with a water footprint calculator; and scouring the landscape for locally sourced foods. They’re using tools like TripAdvisor’s Green Leaders to find accommodations that meet their demands for environmental responsibility.
 
This new breed of traveler is less concerned with cinnamon rolls being part of the free breakfast than whether the coffee is fair trade. They’re looking more closely at the hotel’s carbon offsets or their yurt’s green certifications than they are at free wi-fi and extra pillows.
 
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Topics: Bedding, Innovation, Laundry-Free Linens, Travel, Sustainability

Compostable Bed Sheets For UVA Orientations Helps the Whole Campus Go Green

Posted by Beantown Bedding on 9/3/18 9:00 AM

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

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Topics: Sustainability, Innovation, Laundry-Free Linens

College Students Save Time and the Planet by Living Laundry-Free

Posted by Beantown Bedding on 8/20/18 10:00 AM

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. 

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Topics: College, Bedding, Dorms, Back to School, College Bedding, College Time Savers

Students, Sleep and Disposable Sheets

Posted by Beantown Bedding on 7/27/18 8:25 AM

A version of this article originally appeared on Wonkhe, a blog and think tank focused on Higher Education.

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)."

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Topics: College Bedding, College Time Savers, Bedding, Dorms, College, Laundry-Free Linens

Compost Communicator | Member Spotlight: Beantown Bedding

Posted by Beantown Bedding on 7/13/18 9:37 AM

A version of this article originally appeared in the USCC Fall Compost Communicator.

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.

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'Twas the Night Before Camp: A Mom's Take on Packing for Summer Camp

Posted by Beantown Bedding on 5/8/18 9:30 AM

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.

 

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Topics: Camp, Bedding, Founders, Moms, Laundry-Free Linens

Free Emergency Supply Checklist

Posted by Beantown Bedding on 2/7/18 1:59 PM

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.

 

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Topics: Bedding, Emergency Planning, Emergency Management, Disaster Relief, Shelter Housing

Clean Sheets. No Laundry!

Laundry-Free Linens® are easy and eco-friendly! These innovative disposable sheets are remarkably comfortable and last for weeks. Simply use and discard. They're 100% Biobased, biodegradable and even compostable!

Ideal for:

  • College
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  • Travel
  • Vacation Homes
  • Airbnbs

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