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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

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

Beantown Bedding Can Play a Big Part in Living an Organic Life

Posted by Beantown Bedding on 1/18/18 10:00 AM

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. 

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Topics: Bedding, Laundry-Free Linens, Founders, Innovation, Sustainability

Meet the Boston Founders Taking The Hospitality Industry Laundry-Free with Biodegradable Bed Sheets

Posted by Beantown Bedding on 11/27/17 8:00 AM

This article originally appeared in the 11/12 edition of Lioness magazine.

When cofounders Kirsten Lambert and Joan Ripple each sent their children to college, they realized just how time-consuming washing your bed sheets can be. In fact, they found that most college students didn’t like the hassle and often avoided it. While on the search for disposable sheets, they happened upon a better idea: Beantown Bedding.

Lambert and Ripple created hypoallergenic, biodegradable sheets made from a botanic fiber from eucalyptus called TENCEL, making the disposal process eco-friendly. The sheets can be used for days or weeks and then discarded or composted, in replacement of laundering.

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Topics: Innovation, Founders, Laundry-Free Linens

Target Goes Local with Beantown Bedding! Students Get Dorm-Ready with Disposable Sheets

Posted by Beantown Bedding on 8/31/17 9:00 AM

Beantown Bedding announced a new partnership with Target this week that will put its Laundry-Free Linens® on shelves for students—and with an estimated 150,000 college students set to return to Boston, the timing couldn’t be better.  It’s part of Target’s localization strategy to deliver a locally relevant, personalized experience for guests. Target’s CEO Brian Cornell explained the Boston Fenway store’s role in the new strategy to the Associated Press last year: “It's a great example of localized marketing…great local assortment of merchandise that tells our guests we understand we're in their hometown.” 

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Topics: College Bedding, College Care Package, Back to School, Dorms, Innovation, Founders

Beantown Bedding Founders Subscribe to No Laundry Policy

Posted by Beantown Bedding on 1/25/17 11:41 AM

This article originally appeared in the 12/13 edition of FoundersWire by Shelagh Braley.

The children are nestled, all snug in their beds … while Mom unpacks the dirty laundry from the first semester of college. Come to find out, the sheets were never washed.

It’s a horrifying scenario that involves hundreds of thousands of live germs—and it happens more often than not, according to Kirsten Lambert and Joan Ripple, creators of Beantown Bedding, the disposable bed sheets that are showing up in Airbnbs and universities across the country. They want to make laundering linens a thing of the past.

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Topics: Innovation, Founders, Laundry-Free Linens

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
  • Camp
  • Travel
  • Vacation Homes
  • Airbnbs

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