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Address 12 Waterside Gardens
Carmunnock
Glasgow
G76 9AL
Telephone 0141 644 5211
Email wholesale@foufurnishings.com
Web http://www.foufurnishings.com
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Our Linens
Fou furnishings mission is to sell the finest organic and natural bed, bath and table linens, using the highest quality organic cottons and wools, for homes, hotels, B&Bs, self-caterers, spas and yachts.

Organic Cotton
Our linens and soft furnishings are all made from certified organic cotton. The organic bed linen, organic towels and soft furnishings you are buying is from cotton which has been grown organically, without synthetic fertilisers or pesticides, and treatments or processes which use only natural, biodegradable or eco friendly means.

Made In
We source sustainably and transparently from around the world because we want to make sure that the organic and natural linens we sell are the best available – beautiful, original, and durable. We only source from producers and manufacturers with the highest quality and ethical standards, certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) wherever possible.

Award Winning
Our organic linens have been award winning three years in a row in the ‘Best Organic Textile Product’ category, of the Natural & Organic Awards. A testament to the exceptional quality, design, comfort and craftsmanship of our organic textiles.
We are one of only a few UK linen companies certified to the most stringent standard for organic textiles, the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). All our organic bed linens are also independently specified and tested for performance to international standards (BS EN ISO).

Request a Sample
You can’t see organic, that is why we offer a free sampling service.

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5% discount on our wholesale prices for Green Tourism members.

Contact fou furnishings by email on wholesale@foufurnishings.com or call t:+44 (0)141 644 5211 and register for a wholesale account.

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“As a hotel with sustainable credentials, we love to “live green”. Why not sleep and be surrounded by organic bedding linen and organic cotton and fair trade towels? Our guests demand high quality and we are a 4**** hotel,  we completely trust  Fou Furnishings because their linens and soft furnishings are all made from certified organic cotton. They are beautiful, original and durable. We really enjoy work with Fou Furnishings, they have a really good customer assistant and they work as an efficient team.” Pilar Munoz Bioque, Housekeeper, The Green House Hotel

“Little gem of a boutique hotel” The whole hotel, from reception to the bar to the room is impeccably well decorated in soothing relaxing tones. Very stylish. The room was so comfortable and it felt like no expense had been spared on it. Quality bathroom products and super soft high quality bed linen. Simply didn’t want to leave. Review of The Green House Hotel, left on TripAdvisor, March 2016

Case Study from ‘The Green House Hotel’ : as one of the top “eco-hotels” not just in the UK… but in the world

The luxury and boutique Green House Hotel in Bournemouth demonstrates ongoing commitment and success in tackling green issues. The hotel’s recognition as one of the top “eco-hotels” not just in the UK… but in the world, bears testament to its success. The extensive work and investment undertaken to ensure the highest standards of ethical and sustainable sourcing include the use of innovative technology; instillation of an on-site Ozone Laundry operation to minimise water and energy consumption, manage waste and environmental impact and the use of solar power for electricity generation, to further reduce energy consumption. Whilst ensuring originality and the consistent quality of guest products and services.

The hotel set themselves the challenge of becoming the ‘greenest hotel in the UK’ and on the journey to achieving a truly green hotel, made over 100 changes. To underpin this green tourism goal, the hotel established five core principles which put sustainability, social responsibility and the guest at the centre of the hotel’s decision making and operations.

This case study examines how, as part of their sustainable tourism framework, the hotel applied technology and supplier selection criteria to linens; to green a key area of any hotel, and how this linen changeover helped to contribute to The Green House’s goal of becoming the greenest hotel in the UK.

Supplier Selection Criteria

Using suppliers that match your principles is a key part of green tourism. All The Green House Hotel suppliers are assessed on recognised environmental standards and the hotel’s ongoing commitment to, “keep making the Green House even greener,” underpins supplier relationships, to ensure a working partnership which contributes to this goal.

Fou furnishings ® was selected to supply the hotel linens as the company profile and products match with the hotel’s core principles; a green framework which puts sustainability, social responsibility and the guest at the centre of  decision making and operations, as well as  originality and consistent quality of linens.

 The hotel linens supplier – www.foufurnishings.com, is a listed Green Tourism supplier, who has dual certification – the UK Soil Association to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and also Fairtrade for linens made with 100% Fairtrade certified organic cotton; the ‘gold standard’ for sustainable cotton. These globally trusted standards give assurance on social and environmental responsibility, cotton quality and performance, plus an absence of any irritating toxic chemical residues which can be found in conventional cottons.  When the Soil Association organic standard is given, it means that organic standards have been met and checked at every stage to the final hotel product.

As a hotel linens supplier, fou furnishings ensures that The Green House Hotel linens achieve the highest standards of ethical and sustainable sourcing, combined with hotel functionality, quality, craftsmanship and comfort for hotel guests. Fou furnishings has worked with the hotel to develop linens standards, new bespoke product, sourcing luxury organic cotton bedding and towels in natural organic cottons.  All linens are rigorously tested for hotel laundry performance as well as certified organic.

Organic bedding and towels are also hypo-allergenic and combined with the hotel’s bespoke eco beds made in the UK, the Green House offers its guests green and sumptuously comfortable rooms which in turn benefit the environment and sustainable tourism development.

Ozone Laundry Operation

The hotel invested in an ozone laundry operation on-site. Ozone technology allows for shorter wash cycles, resulting in significant energy and water savings. Enhanced cleansing, powerful disinfection and reduced wear-and-tear are some of the added benefits on successful calibration of the machines and linens. The machines are the most energy and water efficient available (Energy Star rated). As all Green House laundry is washed in house, this enables the hotel to keep control of the detergents used, (naturally, they only use those that are phosphate and paraben free), to address waste management and minimise damage to the environment. 

Main Benefits

Changes to the sourcing and in-house management of linens not only achieved sustainable standards in water and energy consumption but also ensured the linens changeover enhanced their guests’ stay; as evidenced in the Guest Book comments and feedback:

“This is a hotel that takes pride in all it does. Cutting edge design and technology with an environmental conscience.”  

  • Significant savings in the key areas of water and energy consumption generated by ozone laundry technology
  • Investing in high quality organic cotton linens last through laundering and do not require to be replaced as frequently, thus reducing long run costs and increasing guest comfort. In addition, efficient ozone laundry systems can prolong the life of linens by up to a third.
  • Up to fifty per cent of hotel guests include sustainability criteria when selecting hotels. Purchasing and promoting certified luxury organic linens, visibly displays the hotel’s green credentials on sustainability, luxury, style and quality, as well as enhancing guests’ comfort and well-being.
  • As well as contributing to a greener and cleaner environment, sustainable sourcing fulfils key Green Business Tourism accreditation criteria.

In closing, the Green House Hotel best sums up their commitment to green tourism:

“Getting there has been quite a journey and we’re proud of what we have achieved: a beautiful boutique hotel that lives and breathes sustainability.”

Director, The Green House Hotel

 

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Suppliers may be listed in our Green Directory if they provide products or services which meet Green Tourism objectives, are conducting their business in a responsible and sustainable manner by actively reducing their environmental impact or by supporting social welfare and ethical principles. All suppliers listed in our Green Directory have signed a code of conduct. Some businesses make false claims regarding their sustainability, known as "green wash". Green Tourism will try our upmost to prevent such businesses from being listed in our Green Directory however we cannot guarantee that we will always succeed in excluding misleading businesses. We would be grateful to hear from our members if you feel that any supplier should not be listed in our Green Directory due to such false claims.