When Joan Ripple and Kirsten Lambert started Beantown Bedding, fighting infectious diseases was the last thing on their minds. But recent world health emergencies and the resulting guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have the co-founders thinking differently about their company's role in fighting deadly infectious diseases.
"We began making Laundry-Free Linens® as a way to keep our kids healthy and their beds clean while they were away at college," explained Ripple. "With these new guidelines announced by the CDC, we realized that our product offered real benefits in the fight against deadly diseases."
Some of CDC's new guidelines aim to eliminate the risk of potential infection through the environment. For example, these guidelines urge hospitals and other healthcare providers caring for Ebola patients to treat all potentially contaminated linens as regulated medical waste. This means instead of laundering, these linens are incinerated at temperatures in excess of 2,000 degrees.
"When we started hearing about some of these infectious diseases, the light bulb went off for us," said Lambert. "Our products are designed to be disposable, and incinerating a product that is already designed to be disposable makes good sense."
Beantown Bedding's products are an attractive alternative for healthcare organizations worldwide because of their easy disposal benefits. Beantown Bedding's Laundry-Free Linens® are made using an environmentally friendly fabric called TENCEL®, which can deteriorate in just two weeks in situations where the linens can be discard or composted instead of incinerated. Chemical-free, dye-free, and odor-free, Beantown Bedding products are also hypoallergenic, resisting mold, bacteria, and dust mites.
"Beantown Bedding's eco-disposable sheets provide a convenient, comfortable and eco-friendly alternative to laundering," explained Lambert. "There are times, and circumstances, when doing laundry just doesn't make sense."