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.
With the average person spending about a third of their life in bed, it’s important to know what you’re sleeping on. But when you consider that standard bed sheets can require up to three pounds of chemicals to be made, the idea of slipping into all-natural, chemical-free sheets quickly gains appeal. Tencel, the botanic component behind Beantown Bedding’s Laundry-Free Linens®, is a premium fiber made from eucalyptus. While some sheets currently on the market can also be made with Tencel, those sheets are often woven and knit. As a result, they’re treated with extensive chemicals.
Not so with Beantown Bedding.
Beantown Bedding’s linens are hypoallergenic and they’re bound together with high-pressure water jets without colors, chemicals or unnatural finishes. Adding to their eco-friendliness, Tencel also requires 70% less land to produce and about 20 times less water to grow than cotton. (Water is also conserved on the back end as the linens are never laundered.)
“Conventional, non-organic cotton is grown and harvested using heavy quantities of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides in order to maximize efficiency and output,” notes Beantown Bedding Co-Founder Kirsten Lambert. “But Beantown Bedding has no chemicals at all.”
While Beantown Bedding was originally conceived with college students in mind, the brand has become a staple in the hospitality industry with hotels, Airbnbs, overnight conferences and events, and even day spas purchasing the product in bulk. “Businesses like these do such a large amount of laundry. When it comes to labor and loss and sustainability, we cut out about half of the operational steps."
Kirsten also notes that in hotels about a quarter of linens are lost, stolen, or damaged—a term referred to as shrinkage—which has helped spark even greater demand for Beantown Bedding within the hospitality sector.
Beantown Bedding’s linens are entirely compostable and many customers have found unique ways to recycle their disposable sheets after use. One university grinds theirs up in a wood chipper to be used as lawn cover during tailgates and some even mix the sheets with lawn clippings and mulch before composting.
Not only does using eco-friendly disposable sheets eliminate the water, energy, carbon emissions, detergent runoff, and supplies required to launder an entire business’s linens each day, it also minimizes the need and cost of manpower normally required to do that laundry—and in review-driven industries like hotels and Airbnbs, owners can ensure that bed sheets are clean, new and consistent for every guest.
Learn more about Beantown Bedding for your business here, or pick up a set for yourself. Here’s to living Laundry-Free!