Products for spas, massage centers, spas. Disposable vs reusable.

Caractére Paris produces and distributes a wide range of products dedicated to the needs of health centers, spas, hairdressers…
Mainly, there are two kinds of products, disposable / semi-resistant and reusable. Disposable products are made of non-woven fabric, and those that are durable are made from microfiber, both made with the best technology available on the market.

 

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Disposable linen for massages: Ideal for massages that use oil or mud, and situations where it is often necessary to use disposable products, since these types of products are very difficult to eliminate. For this reason, Caractere proposes an economic fabric, ultra soft and absorbent, with a mixed composition. Particularly adapted for Ayurvedic massages, in which large quantities of oils are used.

 

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Microfiber Towels: The microfiber absorbs up to 4 times more than cotton, is softer than it, and it takes up less space. It requires a simple washing (without bleach or softeners), it dries faster than cotton. Available in different sizes.

 

 

Disposable Towel vs. Durable Microfiber Towel Caractere Paris
The first and most important difference between these two products is that one does not need to be washed and ironed and the other requires thorough washing. While in some cases the disposable towel is necessary, in others it is possible to choose between the two types of product. The main advantage of the disposable towel is that you’ll be able to ensure that the product will only be used by an individual, while for the latter the advantage is in the immediate savings, since you do not have to repurchase. Another advantage that the durable microfiber towel is the feeling of softness.
We offer both possibilities, but also a mid-point: absorbtex bathrobe, semi-durable, honeycomb fabric, elegant and highly absorbent.

 

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Absortex- A unique and original fabric found only in Caractere: Absortex fabric is completely natural, 100% degradable. Caractere produces this fabric with a honeycomb texture, also known as “waffle”. Our bathrobes are durable and elegant. They stay well for the period of one week.

 

 

 

We offer samples and free quotations, so if you’re interested don’t hesitate to call (+44 (0) 20 3608 1542) and/or e-mail us (info@caractere-paris.com) and we’ll get back to you asap!

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Evacuation of the makeshift camps: what care?

Massive population displacement

The national media relayed the key figures given by the then Minister of Interior, Bernard Cazeneuve. Number of migrants displaced: 2318 on the first day, then 4014 by the evening of Tuesday, 25 October. The total count of buses and the list of the towns where the 450 French Reception and Orientation Centres (CAO in French) are located made the headlines. They flooded the ministerial press releases. But there are no mentions of the transport arrangements or the logistics deployed.

Yet, the logistical and administrative challenge remains in Calais and many other French towns. Every day in Calais, one or two migrants come to the dormitories of the Temporary Reception Centre (CAP in French), as states its director, Stéphane Duval.

During the evacuations, it was reported that associations such as La Sauvegarde and Solincité had to welcome men and women after very long bus journeys. In this case, the use of blankets, emergency sleeping bags or disposable linens is without doubt necessary. Industral businesses such as Caractère manufacture such emergency sleeping bags oremergency sleeping bags orproducts for the social sector.

Packaged to react efficiently to the toughest of situations, they meet the hygiene and safety standards in force. Thanks to their lifespan (from several days to several weeks depending on the range), they are totally adapted to the particular circumstances of mass displacement. Integrated in a welcome pack or a reception kit, they demonstrate the willingness of the state structures to offer the best possible welcome to those who fled their country and are considering administrative approaches to the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons (OFPRA in French). In addition to the psychosocial dimension brought by user comfort, two other dimensions are to be considered.

A simplified logistics

Beyond the media and political challenges presented by the various issues (emergency reception, regularisation procedures, housing of asylum-seekers), the challenge is foremost logistical. At the time of departure from the camp, not only when organising the flow of refugees, but also and particularly at time of arrival in the CAO, logistics fully contributes to ensure a dignified reception. A solution to address the difficulties linked to late arrivals in the centres and the lack of equipment in the accommodation structures is to provide all bedding and toiletry linens at the time of departure from an informal camp such as Calais. This is particularly true for the newly built structures. This way, each person is treated fairly and receives new linens:

Arriving at the CAO, even late in the evening, it is then possible to settle quickly and take a shower before enjoying a well-deserved rest.

The guarantee of impeccable hygiene

The other advantage of the use of disposable linens is hygiene. The living conditions in the camps, in Calais for exemple, can be deplorable, particularly with regards to hygiene. “2 months on, the intensive use of the toilets causes damage to our facilities, declared an official for the Solidarités International organisation, the camp contains more than 3,000 people, it is therefore difficult to maintain the facilities in good condition given the frequency of their use and the lack of communal facilities maintenance”. It is therefore essential that refugees can use new and clean linens. If their clothes can be easily cleaned, it is not the case for bedding and towels. The use of disposable linens guarantees impeccable hygiene without the complexity of laundry processes.

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Micro-Fibre Towels: Cost-Cutting doesn’t have to Cost Comfort or Convenience

Micro-fibre towels, or micro-fiber as they’re called across the pond, are a new fabric innovation that has revolutionized several industries. A part of household conversation, they are synthetic fibres (often polyester or polyamide) developed since the 1950s that fit the requirement of measuring less than one denier. A denier is a measure of the linear mass density of fabric based on an ancient French coin measurement, equal to one twelfth of a pence. For a fibre to be officially considered “micro,” a 9,000 meter length of a filament of the fibre must weight no more than one gram. One gram for a strand of roughly six miles — we’re literally talking microscopic! For example, a single denier polyester fibre measures out to a diameter of ~10 micrometers.

While the first micro-fibres were developed in Japan not long after the Second World War, its first successful application came with Ultrasuede in the 1970s. The microfibre craze spread throughout Europe and North America during the 1990s and 2000s. Some of the various advantages of microfibre over its cotton cousin include added durability, water absorption or resistance (dependent on manufacturing processes and treatments), fabric softness and filtering capabilities. Often, the apparel, upholstery and cleaning product industries call on Micro Fibre to create for them the perfect solution. Now, the same cutting edge technology is available to the tourism, spa and beauty fields in the form of the Micro Fibre Towel.

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Micro-Fibre Towels

What are the advantages of choosing microfibre over cotton? Microfibre towels are extremely effective because their high density fibre count means unparalleled liquid absorption capacity. Similarly, they dry faster and are less likely to become mouldy or mildewy if left in a confined area, giving them numerous advantages over cotton towels. What’s more, you’ll never need to use fabric softener or pay extra for softening detergents again: microfibre materials are manufactured with a built-in softness that stays. Micro-fibre towels are so soft and luxurious, your clients will think you’ve opted for a chich, premium level, designer towel. Little will they know this classy amenity came at a bargain.

In terms of functionality, since they weigh less and dry faster than other towels, microfibre towels take up less space in your Laundromat’s washing and drying machines. They will be ready for re-deployment faster than their cotton counterpart. You can save up to 40% of your towel maintenance time and budget simply by switching to microfibre. These towels are so useful and practical, they pay for themselves over a short period of time! Mother nature will thank you too for cutting down on your use of natural resources, such as electricity and water. Conversion to micro-fibre will not only save your pocketbook, but it will also attract eco-conscious clients that prefer to support “green” businesses.

Caractère Paris, through Disposable-Linen.com, offers white Micro-Fibre towels in sets of six towels, available in three convenient sizes: small, 50 x 80 cm (20 x 32 in); medium, 70 x 140 cm (28 x 55 in); and large, 140 x 200 cm (55 x 80 in).