They are made of fabric. A blend of 70% bamboo viscose and 30% cotton; made of natural (unbleached) fibers, certified organic and OEKO-TEX-100.
The white and black tissues are purchased in Canada, but are woven in China, in a modern, ecological, CPSIA-compliant factory. They are cut locally in Montreal. The Quebec tissues are woven in Montreal, but are bought in small quantities for the moment, to do some market testing.
The same size as disposable tissues: 19 cm × 20.3 cm (7.5″ × 8″). Their dimensions may change slightly with time and washing.
To get more for the same price, and to suggest that we use them the same way as a disposable tissue: Blow your nose and toss it (into the basked provided with the kits or separately) instead of having only one tissue and using each of its corners. This is a more hygienic way to use them. Their being “single use” also makes them less exclusive to you, and more fitting for a social context. Essentially, this makes them available to the whole family and even guests, rather than each person needing to have their own large handkerchief.
YES, because they are single use: Blow your nose and toss it into the basket to wash. So, you use them exactly the same way as disposable tissues, so they are no less hygienic. Also, thanks to their thickness and absorbancy, mucus and germs are less likely to pass through and end up on your fingers than they are with disposable tissues. To avoid spreading microbes, it is best to dispose of them somewhere other than your pockets; hence the basket that comes with the kits or the double pouch, with one side dedicated to the used tissues. To properly disinfect the tissues, follow the instructions under the Care > “How do I kill germs and microbes?” rubric. If nobody in the house is sick, the tissues do not need to be disinfected, and can simply be cleaned (laundered) as usual.
White (natural, unbleached color) or black. The tissues that come by default with all of the kits are white. When you order on this site, however, you can replace them with black ones for free.
They are exactly the same size, the same thickness, the same softness, and are made of the same fiber. The only difference is the color.
- They look like disposable tissues. So, if you are worried that others might look down on you for using washable tissues, this is an excellent choice, because no one will notice the difference when you blow your nose in this tissue.
- The mucus is less visible in it when you blow your nose.
- If for you, tissues are white, then go for white!
- If you occasionally have nosebleeds.
- If your laundry entails more loads of colors than whites.
- If you already have the white tissues at home, and you want to differentiate them for other uses. For example, intimate time in the bedroom, picking up the cat’s hairballs…
1. Because this is more ecological.
Making overlocking stitches on the eges of each tissue would require hundreds of thousands more meters of thread each year.
2. Because this is more economical.
Making overlocking stitches would require not only the thread but the labor (from Quebec, of course!). The tissues would cost twice as much.
3. For the look.
In order to maintain the familiar look of disposable tissues.
NO. In our intensive tests of more than 100 washes (2 to 3 years of normal use), the tissues have never unraveled. If you ever see any stray fibers, just snip them off and continue to use the tissues as usual. If you see that your tissues are fraying abnormally, contact us. NOTE: Top-load, pivotless, HE washers are more likely to fray our tissues! If you have this type of washer, we recommend that you put the tissues in a net and/or use a delicates cycle.
The fabric of the tissues was mechanically pre-shrunk before cutting. This step prevents them from shinking or deforming too much in the washer; however, it is possible that they will shrink a little more over time.
NO. The fabric was carefully chosen so it would not curl.
There are three ways to fold the tissues to put them back in the box :
For the interlaced technique, click to watch a video that will show you how to do it. For the pouches, you can just fold them in quarters. You can then interlace them if you wish, but we believe this is unnecessary, since you don’t want the tickets protruding from / sticking out of the pouch (you don’t want them to get dirty on the go).
The tissues are already interlace-folded in your box and are already inserted in the pouch when you receive them. They were previously folded by Main Forte (Strong Hand) in Montreal, an NPO that offers work to people with disabilities who want to get out of isolation.
If necessary, you can first rinse/soak them, or do a quick cycle (15 min.) in cold water to dilute the mucus. This step is optional, but can put your mind at ease in a few ways. Then, simply put the tissues in with your regular laundry (clothes, washcloths, towels, anything!) in cold water, preferably (for the environment). Otherwise, the water temperature is really up to you! WARNING: Do not overload your washer. The tissues need space to unfurl and let the water and soap penetrate the fabric.
Because the fabrics of the kits and pouches are new when you receive them, we suggest you wash them in cold water to prevent shrinking or deformation. For the same reason, we also suggest you wash the dark fabrics with similar colors to avoid colors bleeding into your pale items.
YES. It is preferable to put them in the dryer to keep them soft and fluffy! We won’t mislead you: They could shrink slightly, but since that doesn’t affect their primary use, it’s no big deal. Of course, you can also line-dry them, but they will be a bit stiffer. Note: Using clothespins can stretch the fabric and deform it a bit.
Because they could deform or shrink in the dryer, it is preferable to lay them flat on a rack to dry them in order to extend their life. But like all things in life, you are free to stick them in the dryer if you accept the risks!
You can perform effective disinfection in two ways: Either chemically or thermally. For ecological reasons and to avoid skin irritation, we suggest thermal disinfection. To do this, the water must be hotter than 60°C (140°F) for quite some time. To be more precise, your washing can disinfect effectively if you use the following mathematical formula: x minutes × (T°C – 55°C) > 250 °C minutes, or x minutes > 250 °C minutes ÷ (T°C – 55°C) In other words, subtract 55°C from the temperature at which you are washing. Now divide 250 by the difference to see how many minutes you need to wash at that temperature. For example, at 90°C, the tissues need to wash for at least 8 minutes. For Fahrenheit: x minutes > 482 °F minutes ÷ (T°F – 131°F) In other words, subtract 131°F from the temperature at which you are washing. Now divide 482 by the difference to see how many minutes you need to wash at that temperature. For example, at 195°F, the tissues need to wash for at least 8 minutes.
NO. Seriously, we do not recommend it. Because the tissues are made of natural fibers, chlorine can weaken the fibers and damage or yellow the fabric over time. Additionally, bleach is a toxic product and a caustic chemical (it is a base), and thus please avoid it for the environment’s sake. To disinfect: It is preferable to use thermal disinfection instead of chemical disinfection (see the question “How do I kill germs and microbes?”). To whiten: It is preferable to use sodium percarbonate or Oxyclean.
NO. Fabric softener waterproofs the fibers, and your tissues would become less absorbant over time!
Red blood cells in bloodstains burst and release iron in hot water, which can stain the white fabric. Therefore, you must first rinse the blood out in cold water if you want to wash the tissues in hot water.
NO. It is not necessary to iron the tissues. As soon as the dryer cycle has finished, just fold them before they get wrinkled. If however you absolutely want to iron them, be sure to use the lowest temperature setting on your iron.
THE KITS AND THE POUCHES
A set of fabric tissues, which are 70/30 blend of bamboo and cotton, both natural (unbleached) and organic.
– A pretty fabric box for clean tissues. – A reversibe fabric basket, matching the box, where you can dispose of your used tissues while waiting for the next load of laundry. The basket might seem unnecessary to the kit, but it is crucial in giving structure to the cycle (blow, toss, wash) and prevents the tissues from ending up in the trash, from getting lost, or from lying around. Place it beside the box to set up a practical ensemble, easy to use, and complete.
There are two formats of boxes available: The 12-pack kits have a box approximately 20 cm × 10 cm × 2 cm (8″ × 4″ × 0.75″) that can accommodate 12 tissues. The 24-pack kits have a box approximately 20 cm × 10 cm × 4 cm (8″ × 4″ × 1.5″) that can accommodate 24 tissues. The baskets are always the same size, approximately 12 cm × 12 cm × 12 cm (4.75″ × 4.75″ × 4.75″).
Yes, absolutely! You can select “without tissues” on the product page for the 12-pack or 24-pack that interests you.
The kits are a little like a pair of socks that always come together. It is hard for us to separate them, since they are made at the same time, and we would be left with a lonely item! The fact remains that it is always possible to make a request, and we could make the item on demand if the fabric is in stock. Also, sometimes we find ourselves with orphaned items. So, you can contact us to see what lonely items we have in stock.
The pouch is a portable version of the kit.
They are designed with a compartment to store your clean tissues in front (or on top), and another space behind (or below) to stow your used tissues. This space has a metal snap to prevent used tissues from escaping the pouch.
The pouches are approximately 11.5 cm × 12 cm (4.5″ × 4.75″) and come with 4 tissues. They can accommodate up to 7 tissues.
In the beginning, Marie-Ève sewed everything herself at home, but the demand quickly became too great for her to meet it alone. Therefore, the kits are now made by Textil’Art in Laval, a NPO that trains and integrates immigrants or people in difficult situations so they can enter the labor market.