This time of year coincides with several changes. The long and sunny days start to lose their spark, not to mention length. People move around in droves, beginning new jobs and seeking new titles. The produce available changes, just as the coulors of the leaves on trees. For students and teachers, another year starts to take shape, along with its inherent excitement and anxiety. How can school administrators and education policy makers ensure a safe, easy and comfortable return to the classroom? Let’s explore the opportunities to improve your institution over years past with Caractère’s wide range of disposable products for schools and day care centers!
Does your establishment encourage kids to take nap? A vital moment of rest during a child’s formative years, naps help the child to recharge and reboot. Pediatricians explain the need for naps as a result of the process of growth and development, a highly energy-demanding experience for children. Experts agree that as long as one imposes limits and sticks to a regimen, naps will not interfere with the child’s ability to attain a normal night of sleep.
While most teachers believe in the necessity of naps, the problems of modern life can make this normally simple concept more complicated than necessary. Naptime hygiene, in particular, proves a constant problem for daycare centers and schools. How do some institutions prevent the spread of lice, fleas, chicken pox and other diseases and pests; problems that perennially plague others? How can the school’s administration provide a comfortable solution for children often required to sleep on the floor? How can ease of use, affordability and cleanliness intersect?
To answer these questions, Caractère proudly presents disposable sleeping bags! The bags come in sets of 10 units that measure 2 m (6½ feet) long and 1m (3¼ feet) wide each. Imagine trying to travel or go camping with a group of children and having to organise logistics. Among the prime concerns of food and shelter would be the decision of where to sleep. Clearly, there now exists a quick and simple solution. Custom-designed from a resistant, non-woven fabric, these lightweight sleeping bags can be used as liners inside more traditional insulated sleeping bags, on top of nap mats or thick carpeting, or with blankets and other traditional bedding materials.
Large enough for adults yet cozy enough for children, Caractère designed the sleeping bag liner with every need in mind. In the unfortunate event of a natural disaster, they can provide ease of mind in relief centres and airports. Ever versatile, homeless shelters and other group housing establishments could use them to avoid the spread of infections. Zipper-free, there’s no danger of snagging or hurting yourself, or feeling a cold shock from metal touching the skin. Individually-wrapper packaging ensures a hygienic distribution to each and every user. Finally, created with the environment in mind, the liners can then be thrown away or recycled. To learn more, see the Sleeping Bags page on Disposable Linen’s website.
For the youngest among those at daycare, Caractère also created a baby-friendly version of the sleeping bag. Ideally for children of two to 18 months old, the bags are available in sets of 6 units. A wonderful, innovative and popular product not only for day cares, but also for parents on the go who want the best quality sleeping arrangement for their children. Available in 6 colours, you can choose one to match your mood. This solution ends your worries about cleaning, ironing and looking out for baby sheets!
Both the adult and baby sleeping bags’ lifespans range anywhere from one to two weeks, depending on the user’s cleanliness and preferences. In terms of safety, the baby-sized version closes thanks to a Velcro seal sewn on shoulders, instead of the buttons used by other products that pose a choking hazard. A zip fastener on the side prevents injuries to the baby’s neck. Adjustable in size thanks to shoulder straps, the sleeping bag also offers room for a personal touch with the choice of six colours: Blue, Light Blue, Golden Yellow, Light Yellow, Salmon and Light Green. Please see the Disposable Linen website for more information about our comfy Baby Sleeping Bags.
Library and media room cleanliness
Does your school integrate multi-media presentations or activities into its lessons? Research shows that switching from the typical, top-down hierarchy of lectures to a more inclusive and varied set of media sources encourages the development of a child’s mind. In addition, it helps provide a moment of discovery for the children, who feel they have a choice over what information they access and for how long. Why not take advantage of advances in technology to accelerate learning and give your kids a more accurate view of the world?
Unfortunately, the realities of lice and ticks often put a damper on multi-media aspirations. A pesky issue, these critters can dig deep down in the padded foam that lines earphones and headsets, ready to strike at any moment. Once infected, a child can spread lice to an entire class in a matter of days. After a tick attaches itself, it can spread lyme disease and stay on the child’s skin for extended periods of time, undiscovered, sucking blood as long as it desires.
Fortunately, Caractère’s disposable headphone covers present a perfect solution! Totally hygienic, this is the only way to avoid infections because each user puts on a different set each time. Avoid the lice, ticks, flu viruses and mega-resistant bacteria with sanitary equipment for each user. Luxury gyms and fitness centres already provide their clients with these headphone covers to allow users to listen to music or watch television while they enjoy their favourite exercise activities. This after they found it too costly to give a new pair of headphones to each guest, not to mention the environmental waste that would entail!
Easy to wear and comfortably breathable, the earphone covers feel almost undetectable when worn. Caractère now offers six different sizes of headphone covers, designed and tailored for devices between 1 and 7 inches (3 to 12 cm) in diameter. They also fit the ear pieces of conventional telephones and function as an ideal cover for cellular and mobile headsets, such as CN® ou jaffa®. Fitting snugly, they guarantee your listening comfort while providing the safety desired by parents and health inspectors by showing your respect for hygiene. Individually wrapped and sealed for sanitary conditions, they come in sets of pairs for simple distribution. Each package contains 100 pairs (200 individual covers), in an easy-open box that doubles as a dispenser for the covers.
Video: How to measure the size of your disposable headphone covers
For the style-conscious, Caractere manufacturers them in both black and white versions. Check our website for more information and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Our staff is standing by to ensure your transition into this new school year goes as smoothly as possible. Finally, we want to wish the best of luck to the teachers and students out there!
Keeping Employees Healthy Proves Profitable For Business and EmployeesEvery company strives not only to deliver the best products and services to their customers, but also to deliver a high quality workplace to its employees. Employees who are happy in their jobs are likely to have a greater loyalty to the company as a whole and will remain with the company for a long time. Low turnover means more employees with an intimate and thorough understanding of the company and who are, as a result, better suited to represent the company. Companies spend a large part of their budgets on ways to keep employees engaged, motivated and, above all else, happy. According to experts, one simple way to help achieve this goal is to help employees stay healthy.
In a study released in 2012 and conducted by International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans,
researchers found that companies were experiencing tangible, real world benefits from investing in employee wellness programs as well as actively encouraging a healthier lifestyle. More than 600 Human Resource professionals and benefits executives took part in the study and, by far, the biggest gains were seen in overall productivity. Additionally, though, companies also saw a lowering of health care costs overall as well. Although the results were not instantaneous, the companies reported a long term return on investment for their increased role in employee care.
One easy way to help support overall employee health is for companies to do what they can to give their employees the safest and most sanitary work conditions.
For those working In the service and sales sector this can be achieved through simple sanitation measures such as using disposable covers for headphones, earpieces and microphones. A small investment in these easy to use, disposable covers prevents the spread of germs throughout the year and encourages an all around healthier work environment. Taking such a simple step requires very little investment on the part of a company and can add to the return on investment as part of a whole office healthcare campaign.
The benefits of investing in the promotion of employee health and wellness can directly benefit the company both in terms of employee satisfaction as well as increased productivity. It can also cut back on health related expenses, including the expense incurred when large numbers of employees become infected with a cold or flu virus which is spread through less than sanitary conditions. Simple efforts such as making hand sanitizer available and using disposable headset and microphone covers can stop germs in their tracks and further contribute to keeping employees healthy and happy.
How Important Are Headphone Covers During Cold & Flu Season?
The work force of almost every company is impacted during the brutal winter months of cold and flu season. No matter how dedicated a sales, service or support team may be, winter brings with it a higher rate of absenteeism due primarily to health concerns. And once a winter cold or flu hits an office it can spread easily, infecting other workers and making the problem worse. Although companies encourage their employees to stay home when they’re sick, sometimes germs can be spread before the onset of noticeable symptoms. This is when sanitation measures such as disposable headphone covers can make a big difference.
In a busy work centre, it is often the case that employees will share headsets with microphones. This is especially true in call centres, sales offices and administrative support areas. The use of these can easily result in the spread of germs as employees speak to customers, exhaling and even coughing onto the microphone part of the headset. Germs are easily spread by other means as well, including the hands, which makes any part of the headset that touches a person a likely suspect when it comes to the spread of the cold and flu virus. Although this can lead to big problems, it can also be easily mitigated.
The spread of a cold or flu virus can easily land many members of a work force in bed for several days.
This impacts on the company as a whole in many difference ways. First, they lose out on a large portion of their staff which creates extra work for the remaining staff as well as a backlog in the amount of work to do. In a customer service setting this can easily result in customers receiving less than stellar support which can have a direct impact on overall sales.
A company which simply begins to employ the use of disposable headset and microphone covers effectively stops the spread of germs in its tracks.
Employees simply need to slip these covers off at the end of their shift, throw them in the bin and it’s done. The next employee can then place fresh covers onto the headset as needed and won’t have to worry about catching their colleague’s cold. This can help prevent the spread of a cold no matter how severe. As a result, the company will see fewer employees calling out sick, saving them thousands over the course of the cold and flu season.
Recently, we received an email from a client that reflects how almost everyone feels about the usefulness of our protective headphone covers.
To: Caractère Paris
From: L. D. L.
Date: March 27, 2011
Subject: Protective Covers for Headsets
For years, I have been looking for sanitary headphone protectors exactly like the ones I ordered from Caractère. In fact, I manage a training room equipped with telephones that use microphone and headphone attachments. Nothing could sound more mundane, am I right? However, over the years, those pesky little creatures so well known by our school children started to make their appearance even on the adult students in my classes. After several complaints from our interns over the course of a few months, I wondered how anyone more than 10 years old could get head lice. It turns out that yes, the infestation was due to our headsets and microphones. Confirmation of these suspicions came from a closer inspection of the headphones, and more specifically, their design. The earphones came with a faux leather and foam pad to increase their comfort. It is very easy to imagine that when students placed the earphones on their heads, they “harvested” a few of the nasty buggers, and in the process slowly transferred them from one student to the next. Once I figured out the cause of the problem, I had to quickly find a solution.
My first impulse was to buy an anti-lice disinfectant spray to instantly annihilate the pests on the headphones. After a few phases of trial and error, I realised this was probably not the best idea. The spray acts as a corrosive to the foam ear phone pads and eventually eats through them. So, I scoured the internet to see if anyone sold disposable headphone covers, with the disposable part of the protection essential given the nature of our media centre’s issues. My idea was to provide each student with a pair of headphone protectors at the beginning of the session that he or she could use throughout the day and then discard on the way out of the training room. Over the years, due to the gradual wear and tear of the equipment, the room had become equipped with a wide variety of headsets from different manufacturers, of course in various shapes and designs. This problem was multiplied by four when one factored in the four different earpiece sizes in the room.
So, I did an Internet search to find the ideal sanitary protection cover for this assortment of headphones. A few clicks later, voila, I discovered Caractère, a French manufacturer that makes a wide range of disposable covers for headphone earpieces and microphones. After inquiring about their availability and measuring the sizes of my headphones, I was beyond happy to discover they make the covers available in six different sizes and two colours, black and white. Still hesitant about the possibility of having found a fix this quickly and easily, I asked them to send samples to ensure they would work.
After receiving the samples, which fit perfectly, I was convinced and placed my first order. The protective covers come wrapped in pairs in small, individually sealed bags, with what must have been a hundred pairs of covers per box. Since then, I’ve been using these protectors for the centre’s headsets for a year and a half, and I am very satisfied (not to mention, so are the students!) that the lice issue was finally solved.
Remaining in close contact with the manufacturer, I asked if they could provide a similar form of protection for microphones. We needed disposable protectors that could be added on top of the foam of the microphone attachments without causing any audio distortion. Of course, there is a very wide variety of microphone designs and sizes. I found out that a bulk custom order of 5000 pieces would be ideal, but since it was too large a quantity our needs, we opted for a newly developed microphone sanitation spray that can effectively disinfect microphone foam without damaging it. The anti-bacterial, fungicidal and anti-viral spray is also certified for food contact, which means the user can put his or her lips on the foam without any concerns for its effects on health or wellness. The case is now closed, and we’ve finally found the ideal solutions to our headphone and microphone problems, thanks to Caractère.
Finally, here is a short video we made about how to choose the right size of Disposable Headphone Protector before you order.
The development of the computer, the television, the CD, film, the telephone and the seemingly infinitely expanding forms of media that exist today has revolutionized the way we learn and stay informed about the world around us.
These inventions have similarly revolutionized libraries and commerce, in particular for sectors that specialize in media. Both saw the emergence of public listening stations and computers where users could sample the work of the artists that inspire and interest them.
With the need for discretion, quiet and a personalized experience in these public places came the popularization of public earphones. We all know, those dreadful things that, even a day after their purchase, always seem to smell and feel sweaty, oily and simply unclean.
Whether a pair of tiny earbuds that seem to disappear when one wears them, or the headset typically worn by a helicopter pilot, shared headphones are rarely a pleasure to put on, let alone wear for the duration of a movie.
What’s more, given the recent threats of various animal flu epidemics (avian, pork, etc.), these headphones have become a public health nightmare because they function as a conduit for the spread of infectious germs.
However, the flu is not the only negative possibility: skin diseases, parasites, fungi, lice, acne and other undesirable creatures can live on the surface or become lodged in the foam of earphones. Talk about unwelcome guests, and all you wanted to do was listen to a new album or watch a short video…
Librarians and shop owners have of course become aware of these issues through complaints from the general public. Unfortunately, they are also liable for the issues that arise from providing shared earphones, which could, in severe cases, result in law suits or health inspection agency fines.
What steps can be taken to ensure sanitation and a pleasurable multi-media experience for each user? Until now, managers only had two choices: buy a new pair of earphones for each client, or to clean and disinfect the headphones between each use.
The first is obviously wasteful (because most people already own several pairs of said earphones and don’t need any more — think about all the times you’ve rejected a pair of cheap earphones gifted to you aboard a plane) and often cost prohibitive, especially given a financial crisis that has forced budget cuts for public services worldwide.
The second option, to thoroughly clean and disinfect the earphones, is more economical and less wasteful, but it also requires the purchase of abrasive, sometimes toxic chemicals and cleaning equipment, and is very labour intensive.
The last time anyone checked, “earphone cleaning and maintenance” does not figure into the job description of librarians or store staff. Also, while disinfectants are highly effective, they never kill 100% of the germs, nor can they remove lice and other parasites.
The other issue that arises is the wetness after cleaning, which can damage the equipment or require a long wait to dry. This makes the business owner or library manager return to the question of what the point was of cleaning headsets if it’s going to require one to buy additional earphones for users in between cleaning cycles.
Finally, an economical and practical solution was invented: the disposable headset protection cover!
It looks like a small cap that covers the surface of the listening device with a relatively thin layer of mesh cloth, attached around the earpiece with an elastic strap on the non-listening side to keep the cover in place.
This elastic does not bother the listener, but also allows the covers to conform to a variety of headset sizes and shapes: They are made from a high-quality, light, nonwoven fabric, making them very resistant to wear.
During manufacture, the same hygienic procedures are employed as with the manufacture of medical gowns and surgical scrubs, meaning the covers arrive sterile, individually wrapped for simple distribution.
As such, this guarantees a unique experience for each user. However, the user can decide if he or she wants to recycle or reuse the covers – they’re single-use in the sense that only one user opens the packaging of each pair, but there is no limit to the number of times they may choose to use (and reuse) the covers.
They come in six different sizes to allow their use with the smallest ear buds or the widest “Mickey Mouse ear” headphones. On top of the size choice, the buyer may specify either black or white. White is less expensive because it’s cheaper to produce, but black looks discreet that many enterprises and media centres prefer it.
They can also be employed to cover microphones in order to shield them from saliva, germs and other problems that can arise and damage expensive equipment.
The covers are affordable enough to be changed regularly, in between each user; and simple enough to deploy that the users can change them personally, a reassuring gesture that guarantees a feeling of being cared about and that gives the establishment a sense of professionalism.
In addition to stores and libraries, these covers can be equally useful for educational purposes
- exam halls,
- training sessions, simulators,
- interactive exhibits at museums, planetariums, aquariums,
- press conferences or diplomatic meetings that require translations,
- pre-court proceedings (such as, for recording or listening to depositions),
- call and chat centres,
- tele-support services, advice hotlines, public phone stations and payphone services.