Disposable Bedroom Linen and Bathroom Linen- When to use it, and Why.

Hygiene- Uniqueness – Gratification- Why disposable linen is a good alternative to the traditional bedding, bathrobe and towels, on holiday, at home and in hotel.

 

 

Non-woven fabric is a type of material that allows multiple and different uses. One of these is related to the production of disposable products for bedroom and bathroom, but when is the use of disposable linen is appropriate? And why could it be more convenient?

First of all, it does not need to be washed or ironed, this is in itself a great advantage in terms of time saving. On vacation, for example, the last thing we think about is having to wash dirty linen, and once we go back home, the last thing we want to do is to wash the dirty linen.

In addition to this advantage, there are others such as hygiene: individually packaged, these products are always brand-new, you will be the only ones to use them. This, produces a feeling of well-being derived from knowing that you are using a new bathrobe, kimono or towel. This feeling is a psychological factor that gratifies the user and makes any stay more comfortable, whether the stay is for holidays or for healing purposes, in a hotel, spa or a clinic.

For these reasons, spa, hotels and touristic facilities that offer this alternative, will have the advantage of gifting their guests a sensation of gratification, while families or individuals who choose to use disposable linen on holiday, as well as hygiene and well-being, will have more room in the suitcases for gifts and souvenirs.

 

Non-woven fabric is obtained through a special process. Online you will find a lot of technical explanations, from Wikipedia to the sites of non woven fabric producers. For the purpose of this article we find that non woven fabric differs in grams and fiber, in fact it can be made of polypropylene, viscose and other material, it can also vary in weight. The types of products we are referring to, generally weight 18gr, 25gr, up to 50g. Other relevant characteristics are waterproofness, breathability, ability to absorb water, and color.

  • Waterproofness: a feature especially required for mattress protectors, particularly suitable for children and adults with incontinence. Especially suitable for residential care home, but also for younger guests.

  • Breathability: an appropriate feature for bed sheets and mattress covers. This feature, generally makes the fabric smoother and therefore quieter. Especially suitable for hotels, holiday homes.

  • Ability to absorb water: towels and bathrobes for spa, hotels and holiday homes.

  • Color: colors have a psychological effect on people, for example white conveys a feeling of hygiene and purity; Blue, induces a state of meditation and conveys a sensation of tranquility. Colors also reflect a social function sometimes indicates work categories, for example in hospitals we recognize nurses by doctors through the color they wear.

     

     

Different features will adapt to different purposes. Let’s take as an example the bathrobes/kimono.

When the purpose is to temporarily protect a person from dust or hair (e.g. hairdressers) or move a patient from one room to another (e.g. in a clinic, a hospital, an residential care home) a lightweight robe, polypropylene fiber, and blue color, to give a feeling of tranquility, might be the best choice.

For spas, hotels, holiday homes, sport retreats, when the purpose is to absorb water, the bathrobe should be of a heavier, viscose fiber for its absorbent ability, and of white color, to give a feeling of hygiene and purity.

Ultimately, among the many uses of non-woven fabric, the one designed to make the vacation or any kind of temporary stays more comfortable and pleasant is the main reason why disposable linen is a valid and good alternative to traditional linen.

P.S.

Note that all Caractere Paris products made of non-woven fabric are 100% recyclable

An explosion of Chinese tourists: The potential and expectations of Chinese travellers in the UK and worldwide

Relative newcomers to international tourism market, the Chinese traveler is the new target for a tourism industry that suffered major losses during the crisis. Thanks to a bustling local economy and the government’s relaxation of travel restrictions, in 2013 Chinese tourists took a total of 97 million trips abroad and spent some $102 billion, becoming the “world’s biggest spenders” according to a report by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). A study conducted by the Chinese government predicts those figures will rise to over 100 million overseas voyages by 2015, and 200 million by 2020.

Taken in perspective with the recent past, these numbers represent a spectacular amount of growth, when in 2004 only 29 million went overseas. However, when isolated on a per-country basis, the growth can seem even more shocking. For instance, the number of Chinese tourists who visited Thailand last year more than doubled over the year before.

According to Abagail Haworth of The Guardian, the Chinese tourist represents “a global phenomenon, an unstoppable trend, a lucrative opportunity… Now millions are on the move.” CNN labeled the new found market, “the biggest phenomenon to hit the global travel industry since the invention of commercial flight.” International travel has been growing among the Chinese over the past decade, with rising prosperity at home and the relaxation of Communist government travel restrictions.

So aside from the economic and political explanations, why are so many Chinese flocking abroad? The firm Morgan Stanley predicts that in two years, Chinese tourists could spend $194 billion on vacations abroad, much of it on luxury products. Despite government policy to encourage spending at home, Chinese flock abroad in droves to take advantage of the lower prices on foreign designer products. This is because the government imposes import duties and taxes that can mean an additional 60% added to the price one would find in another country. A researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences called his compatriots “walking wallets,” due to the amount they’ve become known to spend abroad.

Thus it becomes clear why London, Paris and Hong Kong have become favorite destinations for the Chinese: luxury shopping. To put things into perspective, by 2015 the total amount of spending from Chinese abroad will exceed total sales of luxury goods worldwide, when compared to 2008 when it represented solely one third of that figure. A government crackdown implemented two years ago reinforced this phenomenon, as the growth in the domestic luxury market grew a mere 6%, whereas Chinese luxury spending abroad increased 37% over the preceding year. Some sectors, such as high end liquor and watches even saw a decline in sales.

This potential market has inspired Paris to invest in a manual for the city of light’s business owners to better understand the new wave of boutique-obsessed clientele. French-speaking guides do their best to meander giant tour groups through the crowds at department stores and on high streets. They much watch out for the guests, who have become an easy target for pickpockets and other criminals. New campaigns have begun by tourism officials to raise awareness among tourists of the dangers of dressing conspicuously and showing fancy electronics or jewellery in public. In London, the famous department store Harrod’s has hired 70 Mandarin-speaking employees. An additional one hundred China Unionpay registers permit direct payments by Chinese tourists from their home bank accounts.

The growing presence of Chinese tourists comes along with it a greater exposure and international visibility. However, surveys about the perception of tourists worldwide do not characterize Chinese tourists in a very positive light. One analyst even called them the world’s new “ugly” tourists. While self-organized trips are on the rise, the majority of international travel still occurs in tourist groups. Sociologists believe this “increases their collective visibility and amplifies stereotypes and cultural unfamiliarity on both sides” by limiting individual interactions between the tourists and locals. Media reports flourish about the negative impression left by Chinese tourists, that they “are loud and rude, or that they refuse to queue or give tips…”

Other complaints range from the practical to the surreal. In July, residents of the small Swiss city of Lucerne protested that up to 120 Chinese tour buses a day were paralysing local traffic, as they deposited tourists who wanted to buy luxury watches. Then there were bizarre reports, picked up by the Chinese media, of competing Chinese honeymooners brawling in French lavender fields over the best spot for photos to capture a “Monet moment”. A group travelling to North Korea drew scorn for throwing sweets to children as though they were “feeding ducks”, while a number of Chinese tourists in the Maldives were reportedly caught giving fake marriage papers to upmarket resorts in order to get free dinners offered to newlyweds.”

Beijing has been so bothered by the potentially negative perception of its people in other countries that the government has instituted a new clause that applies to Chinese citizens specifically when they travel abroad. Section 13 of the new bill states, “Tourists shall respect public order and social morality in tourism activities, respect the local customs, cultural traditions and religious beliefs, take care of tourism resources, protect the ecological environment and respect the norms of civilised tourist behaviours.”

In terms of which countries can benefit from the growth in demand of accommodations and travel services, Thailand tops the list. For a mere £500, Chinese tourist can spend a week in the country with an organized tour, with flights included. The combination of historically and architecturally significant temples, pristine beaches and duty-free shopping brings Chinese here for the first time, if not on return trips. In fact, Thailand ranks as number three on a list of the most visited foreign destinations by Chinese, not far behind the “satellite Chinese territories” Hong Kong and Macao. London still leads at the top destination in terms of cities, but faces a threat from Bangkok, quickly gaining steam as a potential replacement.

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Disposable slippers from Caractere

What does this profound change in visitor composition mean for hotel, resort and Bnb operators? First of all, they’ll have to adapt to Chinese cultural standards. Since the ability to travel abroad for a Chinese person already assumes a certain standard of living and income level, one can expect that these travelers will not be the easiest to please. Standards for hygiene vary quite a bit in Eastern Asian from those typical of Europe or on other continents.

How can managers of accommodations adapt? By trying disposable products, of course!

At Caractère, we make a variety of popular disposable slipper and sandal solutions to prevent the spread of infections on the floors of hotels, resorts, salons, saunas, showers, locker rooms, changing areas, baths, pools, hot tubs, spas, etc.

Disposable bath robe

Bathrobe by Caractere

Another favorite product in finer establishments is our popular line of luxurious Bath robes, available in several designs. For perfect hygiene and the ultimate protection of your clientele (not to mention your business investment), try our other disposable, recyclable solutions, and discover the reason why we’re the buzz of the most luxurious hotels of Paris, the world capital of fashion and design. Our products will be sure to meet the standards of even the most difficult to please clients, including Chinese tourists on luxury shopping sprees.

Sources
Haworth, Abigail. “Chinese tourism: ‘Finally, we are seeing the world.’” The Observer, Dec. 22, 2013
http://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/2013/dec/22/chinese-tourism-changing-the-world
Kuo, Lily. “By 2015, Chinese tourists could spend more than all the world’s luxury shoppers combined.” QZ.com, Nov. 15, 2013.
http://qz.com/147703/by-2015-chinese-tourists-could-spend-more-than-all-the-worlds-luxury-shoppers-combined
M., K. “Chinese tourists: Mind your manners.” The Economist, Nov. 6, 2013.
http://www.economist.com/blogs/analects/2013/11/chinese-tourists
“‘Walking wallets’: Chinese tourists the world’s biggest travellers.” The Sydney Morning Herald, Jan. 10, 2014
http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-news/walking-wallets-chinese-tourists-the-worlds-biggest-travellers-20140110-30lce.html

How to avoid getting sick in hotels, BnBs and resorts during flu season

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Falling ill can be a party for germs, but not for their victim

Everyone enjoys going on holiday, but what can be worse for a vacation than becoming sick while there? How can hotel, BnB, resort, inn and other vacation property owners avoid the spread of germs this flu season to optimize their clients’ ability to relax and enjoy? The answers to these questions are two-fold, in terms of planning and prevention.

First, a look at the threats that loom on the horizon. Farming UK published a press release from the UN News Centre that claims Bird flu may be back with a vengeance this year, with a greater risk for human health than before.  According to Fresh Business Thinking, the flu, colds and other ailments already cost employers in the UK over £29 billion a year due to the time and productivity lost during sick days.

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Who wants to get sick during a holiday?

A common method to avoid the flu is to get “jabbed,” or in other words, vaccinated against the threat of the flu all together. Dr. Shelia Newport gave readers of the Derby Telegraph a stern warning, saying “Flu can increase the risk of developing more serious illnesses, such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and can make existing conditions much worse… In the most serious cases, seasonal flu might land you in hospital – it can even be a killer.”

In addition, the NHS, Department of Health and Public Health release a report every year to help guide health professionals in the best practices to avoid the spread of the flu virus. The NHS also maintains a mini-site specifically about the symptoms of flus and common colds, as well as a list of treatment methods for those already infected. However, if these ideas seem a bit abstract and you’d like to find some concrete solutions, Caractere Paris has you in mind. We offer several products to ensure a hygienic and comfortable stay for everyone, no matter their expectations in terms of quality.

Bath mats by Caractere Paris

Our popular disposable bath mats

Disposable Bath Mats
One of our most popular hotel supply products is the Disposable Bath Mat, which includes an underside with an anti-slip coating to prevent falls. The upper side is made of a soft, absorbent material that quickly dries the feet. The non-woven underside also prevents water from reaching the surface of the floor, protecting your valuable tile or wood investment from the threats of mould and water damage. The seam around the edges gives this product a fine, classy look.

Each bath mat may be used once or several times depending on the preferences of the client, and then can be thrown away. Imagine an end to problems with stains or shoe polish that requires smelly and hazardous bleach, the need to replace stolen bath mats, or expensive laundry bills: we offer the perfect, all-in-one, low-cost solution. In fact, the incredible price makes it cheaper to buy a new disposable mat for each guest rather than washing and drying your old ones, when you include the costs of time, labour, cleaning products and electricity. For more information, click here.

Wash Mitts

Caractere's wash mitts

Caractere’s unique and innovative wash mitts

Made from a non-woven, highly absorbent and soft yet durable fabric, these innovative, disposable wash mitts do not rip or tear, even when wet and covered in cleaning products. Instead of the paper-like feel of other disposable mitts, our unique Absorbtex ® finish gives these mitts an extreme level of comfort while guaranteeing total hand and wrist protection.

As an improvement to our product lines, we now offer two design and packaging options. The gloves come either packaged individually with a high-quality border, which ensures their hygiene (most common for hotels and luxury establishments) or in sets of 10 without the border (the more cost-effective option, for inns, motels and camp sites).

For more information, please see our website.

Face Cloths

Disposable Face Cloths by Caractere

Caractere’s popular disposable face cloths

Ideal as a welcome product, these facecloths can be used in resort, restaurant and hotel bathrooms or lobby powder rooms to ensure cleanliness and hygiene every time for every client. Face wash cloths are the number one most commonly stolen item in hotels. They disappear every day and over the course of the year end up costing a fortune to hotel owners, who have to replace them on a constant basis. Conventional facecloths also need careful laundering to maintain hygiene, which unfortunately has a deteriorating effect on the colour and fabric. Eventually, pure white ends up being rather off-white!

Our disposable facecloths are the perfect solution to put an end to these hidden expenses. In this era of cost-cutting, disposable products provide a simple and practical solution that eliminates time and money wasted in search of new face flannels every few weeks and guarantees cleanliness every time. The square facecloth is composed of Absorbtex ® material, which is highly absorbent (absorbs up to 500 times its weight of water) and composed of 100% vegetable fibre, meaning they are both biodegradable and recyclable. The honeycombed, embossed finish offers superior washing and softness, and the neat hemming on each side contributes to the luxury appearance. Not intended to be laundered, this non-woven material guarantees cleanliness and hygiene for your discerning guests. As beautiful as the traditional square facecloth, at a fraction of the price, you can’t go wrong! For more information, see the product page here.

Check out our website, disposable-linen.co.uk, for a variety of other smart, classy and hygienic solutions to avoid the spread of disease in your hotel, resort, spa or BnB this holiday season. Also feel free to contact us directly by phone or email for customised order inquiries, at info [at] disposable-linen.co.uk.

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Hard to Find the Right Sized Pillow Cover? Caractere has the Solution!

Disposable Linen has got your pillows covered!

With Caractere, you don’t need to worry about pillow sizes any longer

Not all pillows are created equal! However, now you can find a high-quality, disposable pillow cover for your accommodations no matter your location and your pillows’ sizes. Ever since the formation of the European Union, a trend of standardisation across the continent has taken place. The ISO norms, for example, gained adoption in the EU Parliament and have played a major role in transforming regulations in a wide variety of industries, including agriculture, manufacturing and transport.

One field that has continued to elude standardisation, however, happens to be tourism — and more specifically, the hotel industry. The sizes of beds, and by consequence their sheets and linens, varies greatly between one country and the next. In addition, often the most variable aspects of linens dependent on nationality comes in the form of the pillow.

Caractere's new disposable pillow covers

Disposable Linen’s new pillow covers now available in a variety of sizes

Who would have thought getting a good night of rest would prove this difficult? Caractere sought to resolve the controversy over pillow sizes once and for all by conducting research with hotel and guesthouse owners throughout the continent. What we concluded was, there are five standard pillow sizes in Europe:

  • British (also known as Oxford or Queen) – 50 x 75 cm / 20″ x 30″
  • French (also known as square or continental) – 65 x 65 cm / 26″ x 26″
  • Italian (rectangular) – 50 x 80 cm / 20″ x 32″
  • Spanish 50 x 75 cm / 20″ x 30″
  • Our brand new, large German size – 80 x 80 cm / 32″ x 32″
  • Finally, the stylish Navy Blue Cushion pillow covers, sized 45 x 65 cm / 18″ x 26″

Manufactured with care from a technologically-advanced material, these soft and durable, disposable pillow covers are ideal for hotels, motels, hostels, inns, B&Bs, day care centres and even unexpected visits from friends at home.

Disposible hotel pillow covers

Caractere UK now covers all sizes of pillows in Europe!

The hypo-allergenic fabric has no chemical or plastic smell, so guests will be able to enjoy a wonderful night’s sleep, whether you use with another layer as a pillow case or not. The covers are also effective at preventing the spread of lice, bed bugs, bacteria and dust mites in pillows, mattresses, and other bedding materials. After up to one month of use (or more, depending on the user’s preferences), these pillow cases can be thrown away or recycled.

The pillow cases come individually packaged, so cleanliness and hygiene are guaranteed for every client, every time. They open in the middle of the underside, which means fast and easy deployment, as well as an improved level of protection and coverage for both the pillow and the client. Each pillow case comes over-sized direct from the manufacturer, which ensures they will fit virtually all pillows sizes in the EU.

So now, British hotel owners, as well as others throughout Europe, can  rest assured with their choice to open accommodations anywhere on the continent.

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The Way of Saint James, the Annual Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, and Disposable Bedding: How and Why?

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The Way of Saint James

Many hikers (called “pèlerins,” or pilgrims in French) discovered disposable linens for the first time by frequenting the lodgings along the ancient Way of Saint James. The annual pilgrimage across the southern half of France continues the length of the northern coast of Spain until those brave enough to meet the challenge reach the Atlantic coast. Hikers typically start out in Paris, Vézelay, Le-Puy-en-Velay or Arles, and end their several week- (and sometimes month-) long journey at the main Cathedral of the Galecian city of Santiago de Compostela (in Spanish, or Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle in French). Hikers and hotel owners have posed us many questions regarding the journey, so we wrote this article to explain what solutions we provide.

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Disposable Flat Sheets

First, the hiker wonders, “Will I sleep comfortably in disposable sheets“? No question here — this first issue is quickly resolved because the walker will sleep like a baby, no matter what. First of all, because he or she will be exhausted after a long day of walking! More important though is the fact that disposable sheets look and feel exactly like traditional cotton cloth ones. The disposable linen, whether it be a flat sheet, a stretchy fitted sheet or a sleeping bag, is always soft, flexible and tear resistant. They weigh less than traditional cloth sheets (meaning they are lighter to carry), but the non-woven material provides better heat insulation and more warmth than cotton on cool nights, while still allowing the body to breathe, perfect for tents and rural guest houses.

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Disposable Fitted Mattress Cover

The second most common question is, “Why has the accommodation chosen to use disposable sheets? Is it because they cost less? While this is often true, it’s not the sole reason. Price aside, there are also benefits to disposable sheets in terms of hygiene. First about the price: more often than not, the hiker will only stay one night at each stop along the way, moving onto a new town or village the next day. Every hotel and inn owner knows that changing the sheets every day is a pain and costs a fortune. Yet, the hiker is often not willing to pay more for his or her room simply because he or she is staying one night, and everyone still wants a clean bed upon arriving to the accommodation after a long day of walking. We all know nothing is worse than sleeping on sheets that have not been changed!

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Bed Bugs, Preventable with the Mattress Cover

Thus, the best solution for the hiker is the disposable sheet. Each sheet can be used between one to three weeks, depending on the hiker’s preferences and their cleanliness. The requirement for hygiene is solved for the hotel owner by providing always clean sheets, which prevents complaints from customers.
However, the main reason hoteliers tell us they choose our products is hygiene. Over the past five years, bedbugs have started to appear in rural guesthouses that welcome the march participants. Hikers have accused these cottages of a lack of hygiene or care, without thinking that it was in fact their own journeys into the forest that carried the nasty critters into town from nature. Routine use of hygienic, disposable mattress sheets, protectors and pads helps prevent mattresses from bedbug invasion, which presents a very difficult (if not impossible) problem to eliminate once it has appeared.

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Scallop shells commonly found along the Way of St. James

Finally the hikers bring with them another major concern: They walk all day, every day for a long period of time. To relieve the pain and blisters they experience, they often apply lotions and pain-relieving ointments. Unfortunately for the host, these oily, thick products are extremely difficult remove from conventional sheets and bedding.
Disposable sheets (such as a fitted sheet placed on top of a waterproof mattress pad) are often the best option to provide consistently impeccable linen quality.
It is clear that for more than purely financial reasons, the use of disposable sheets and linens ensures an excellent level of hygiene that the clients have the right to expect, even if they are only staying one night or paying very little for their rural lodging.

Caractère wishes a happy, safe and hygienic hike to all of this year’s participants in The Way of Saint James!