Jan 132011
 

towels

While most of us are struggling to stay warm during this already harsh and snowy winter, some people are engaging in a winter sport that seems like pure madness. Stripped down to just bathing suits, they leap into ice-cold lakes all over the country. As soon as they get out, they busily wrap themselves up in the warmest, thickest towels and bathrobes that they can find.

In Saratoga Springs, NY, this year’s New Year’s Day Polar Plunge will draw more than 1,000 people. Although the event started in the early 1970s, it was fairly small up until the last ten years. In 2000, the event drew about 125 people. Today, whole families come, equipped only with a cadre of warm cotton towels (Source: Saratogian.com http://www.saratogian.com/articles/2010/12/29/news/doc4d1bf0902e68c056953750.txt?viewmode=default).

Meanwhile, in Virginia, Illinois, and Wisconsin, polar plunges are held to raise money for the Special Olympics. Wisconsin’s polar plunge is one of the biggest, drawing almost 10,000 supporters of the Special Olympics to jump into a number of nearly-frozen lakes in February and early March. In Wisconsin, plungers must raise a minimum of $75 to participate; the 2010 event raised nearly $2 million for Special Olympics Wisconsin (Source: SpecialOlympicsWisconsin.org http://www.specialolympicswisconsin.org/polar_plunge.asp).

Is Cold Water Swimming Dangerous?

Perhaps you’re wondering if these nutty polar plunges are actually safe. Indeed, the body reacts instinctively when one jumps into freezing water. First comes the involuntary gasp, frequently followed by hyperventilation. Hyperventilation, in turn, leads to a lowering of carbon dioxide in the blood and an elevated pH level. The heart rate might increase by as much as 50%, while blood pressure plummets.

However, unless you already have heart problems or start jumping in your old age, cold water swimming is not actually dangerous. Just remember to bring a few thick beach towels with you to dry off once you get out, because the longer your body stays cold and wet, the more difficult it will be to recover from the plunge. A nice terry cloth bathrobe wouldn’t hurt, either!

Dec 132010
 

christmas

The holiday season is one of the most happy, exciting times of the year. During this time you’re likely traveling to the homes of friends and family, attending office parties, and hosting your own get-togethers.

Have you ever noticed that flu season coincides perfectly with the holidays? Most families with school-aged children know that this is the time that the flue and other ailments run rampant throughout the schools.

The last thing you want is to have the whole family sick during this happy time.

Here are a few tips to keep you healthy. Wash down countertops with an antibacerial wipe. Other areas you need to wipe down frequently include doorknobs, light switches and the handles of refrigerators, cupboards, doors, and faucets.

Already done this? Great! But there’s another area you may not think about-towels. Do you have hand towels or bath towels in the bathroom? These can become breeding grounds for germs. How often do you wipe your hands only to find that the towel you are using is already wet? The solution? Give each member of your family a special towel color. This ensures that germs don’t spread inadvertently.

Lastly, wash linens frequently, including bathrobes. The pockets of bathrobes are the perfect place to store extra tissues, and extra germs. You may end up doing lots of extra loads of laundry, but follow these few simple steps and enjoy a fun, healthy holiday season.

Oct 292010
 

Towels

No home is complete without the right set of towels. This is more than simply walking down an aisle and picking just any old hand towels or bathrobes off the shelves. Instead, it means really thinking about how to find the best quality towels for your home. Soft, organic, and attractive mats, hand towels, and robes speak volumes about you. The following are some reasons to buy only the best bath items.

Whenever a person looks down at your monogram bamboo towels, they will think of you, your home, and their stay here. This ensures that the best first impression is made and that people will leave your home impressed. And of course, this sort of makes a person feel as though he or she belongs to your family and that they are welcome.

A guest is only as happy as how you make them feel: every little detail counts. This is why you should only buy the most luxurious and eye pleasing towels around. You can take great pride whenever you see loved ones walking around in a waffle bathrobe with your family’s initials embroidered on the cotton.

Comfort is everything when you shower, wash your hands, or get ready for a night on the town. If you wear a soft robe made of the best Egyptian fabric or bamboo cotton, you will no doubt feel more pampered, relaxed, and happy. Thus, such a simple decision as which robe or towel to buy can really have some great effects. This is a chance to feel as though you are wiping your body with a cloud after a long hot shower. The little things mean a lot when it comes to your happiness. This is why you should buy the best towels money can buy.

Be smart about this decision so that you can really make guests, family members, and friends feel at home when they come to visit. Such decisions ensure that people feel comfortable, have a nice time, and get what they need. Being a good host means considering all options when filling your house full of towels of all shapes and sizes. Choose only the best and you and your loved ones will no doubt feel pampered every single moment they use such a bath towel or accessory.

Oct 032010
 

Bamboo Towels

Towels are mostly made of cotton fibers. Nowadays, there are different types of fibers being used to manufacture towels, bathrobes, bath mats and bath textiles.

American Upland Cotton: which grows in the South, from Virginia to Oklahoma and Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California has short and durable fibers.

Egyptian Cotton: is known with its durability and absorbency. Egyptian cotton has extra long staple length grows in Egypt, which allows to produce luxurious towels worldwide.

Pima Cotton: which is considered as the highest quality cotton among those grows in US. Pima name is given after the Pima Indians who helped to develop this cotton type. This extra long staple cotton provides shiny, durable and firm fiber. Supima is the trademark that appears on products entirely made of pima cotton.

Sea Island Cotton: grows in the West indies and the islands of South Carolina and Georgia coast, known with its long staple and silky texture.

Organic Cotton: grows without using any pesticides, insecticides and defoliants. SKAL certified organic cotton is tested and verified according to international organic farming standards.

Turkish Cotton: grows in the Aegean and southeastern part of Turkey known with its strength and natural shine. The long staple fiber gives durability and softness.

Bamboo Fiber: is gaining popularity in the last 5 years. It is known as highly absorbent, antibacterial, soft and quick drying.

Microfiber: is a blend of polyester and polyamides which is a man made fiber known with its softness.

Linen: is made of fibers of the flax plant which is known with its smoothness and strength.

Oct 032010
 

India which is the second largest exporter in cotton and cotton products such as towels, bathrobes and bath linens is getting a pressure from textile producers. They claim that the increase in demand for cotton already passed the supply and they are afraid of not having enough raw materials for themselves.

Therefore, they put pressure on the government in imposing an export ban on textile, however Indian government already imposed a partial ban but sector representatives are not happy. They say they are having hard times to get enough raw materials for their productions, and they would like from government to impose a ban entirely on export.