Each summer, thousands of students arrive on the University of Virginia (UVA) campus for overnight freshman orientations. UVA and local composter Black Bear Composting have recently teamed up to take orientation sustainability to a new level when it comes to laundering–or rather not laundering–the thousands of bedsheets that are used by their overnight students and guests.
UVA uses Beantown Bedding’s Laundry-Free Linens®–100% compostable bed sheets–for their freshman orientation programs as a way to simplify their linen operations (no laundry required!), while also addressing sustainability initiatives that are a top priority for the school. Laundry-Free Linens® are the first and only product of its kind; the super-soft sheets are made from plants and are chemical-free, hypoallergenic and USDA Certified Biobased. They can be used for days or weeks and then discarded guilt free because they are 100% compostable. By not laundering, Laundry-Free Linens® also help to conserve precious resources like water and energy while also reducing carbon emissions.
Eric Walter, Chief Composting Officer at Black Bear Composting, completes the cycle. During regular pickups of food scraps from UVA, Black Bear Composting also picks up all the used sheets and pillowcases for composting. Once composted, Black Bear donates a portion of the resulting rich compost back to UVA for use in their Campus Student Garden.
Black Bear Composting and UVA enjoy a great sustainability partnership and serve as exceptional role models for all green-focused universities and composters across the country.