A new year with Caractère: Disposable solutions for ‘Back to School’

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!

Naptime hygiene
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!

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Crisis Management and Emergency Sleeping Arrangements: Planning and Prevention with Disposable Sheets

Recent weather crises in Europe (blizzards, snow storms, floods, tornadoes, volcanic dust clouds, etc.), governmental instability around the Mediterranean (violent protests, revolutions and camps of political refugees) and global natural disasters (earthquakes, forest fires, hurricanes, etc.) have proven that preparation makes all the difference when it comes to crisis management.

Dealing with disasters, political unrest and climatic changes is of course difficult for the victims, but it is also difficult for governments, airports, train stations, hotels, city halls and other responsible facilities to organise and deploy a response.

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Adult Sleeping Bag

Within a matter of minutes, anywhere from dozens to thousands of people can become stranded in airports and train stations, or even worse, left homeless. They’re often placed in emergency lodging in community or cultural centres, malls, gymnasiums and schools that become transformed into improvised emergency shelters. This winter, during the heavy snows of December and January, thousands of travellers across Europe found themselves sleeping on benches, with their young children forced to sleep on the ground without any pillows or sheets.

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This is where planning and prevention are essential for effective crisis management. Organising and coordinating the right supplies in advance of the disaster will allow for a proper, transparent response and satisfied customers. Municipal authorities, rail stations and airports must be capable of mobilising workers, volunteers and supplies within a few hours. While crises and natural disasters have always existed, the speed and abundance of today’s media puts pressure on political authorities and transportation organisations (such as airports and railway companies) to do everything possible, as fast as possible, to lessen the inconvenience and disastrous impact on their image by ensuring the safety and comfort of their customers. If a mode of transport wants client fidelity and return customers, it needs to provide decent services, even in times of despair. Improvised solutions are no longer acceptable to most clients: structured responses have become the new norm, especially with the threats of terrorism and disease outbreak that can instantly cancel or change travel arrangements.

This is where disposable solutions are ideal. Not only single-use sheets and blankets, but also sleeping bags and children’s size sleeping sacks become essential in these cases. In addition to the fact that their prices are extremely low per unit (between 1 and 5 pounds each, depending on the product and size required), but they also provide an essential level of health, welfare, sanitation and comfort for those affected by the disaster. A sheet, a blanket and a sleeping bag for every person — this no longer needs to require expensive and time-consuming washing cycles and labour. Since each product is individually wrapped, the packaging protects against dust, moisture, mites, bed bugs, moths, cross infection and other problems that one may encounter with traditional fabrics such as cotton and wool. Sheets and blankets made of nonwoven material have a reputation for their durability and resistance to decay.

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Disposable Sheets

In terms of care and maintenance, crisis management no longer poses a problem with the right planning and management. Washing machines and dryers are eliminated from the question with single-use linens. If the crisis continues for a longer period, the linens are comfortable and durable enough to be reused for weeks. Once the problem is resolved or a solution is found, the sheets are 100% recyclable. Disposable sheets weigh less and are far more compact during storage than normal sheets. For example, a box of 8 kg (18 lbs) will contain a minimum of 50 units. This also means easier transportation of supplies, and at a lower overall cost because more can be accomplished with the same amount of space and workers. These savings often become essential when dealing with the other costs involved in crisis situations.

Logistical ease, a low price and the guarantee of hygiene are the three most important elements that make disposable linens, bed sheets and sleeping bags the only truly effective and simple solution for emergency management. Unfortunately, many other, less dramatic situations also justify the use of disposable products, such as conventions, festivals and large meetings that bring together thousands of people who need a place to sleep, especially if the event was organised at the last minute. In both times of crisis or peace, single use bedsheets are an exellent decision. If you want more information on disposable linens, clothing and other supplies, do not hesitate to visit http://disposable-linen.co.uk/bed-sheet-towelling-bedding/index.html