For 22 years, Interior Images has supported our hospitality partners, big and small, by providing necessities that ensure the hygiene and comfort of your guests… and we have no intention of stopping now.
Despite the challenging circumstances we are all experiencing, we are still fully capable of fulfilling orders in a timely manner. We still have plenty of stock in our warehouse, much of it Australian-made and supporting our local economy, and our domestic freight carriers continue to deliver to every state in the nation.
Whether you need hand wash, bar soap, dental kits, robes or even comfort packs for quarantined guests, we are ready to help. We’re also working closely with our suppliers to secure more hand sanitiser, which we hope will be available again in early April.
As we navigate these uncertain times together, please remember, we’re here for you.
Hand Sanitisers that don’t contain The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s recommended minimum of 60% alcohol are popping up on Reception and Concierge desks across Australia. While this is now a necessary offering from hotels, many of these products will prohibit the growth of germs but will not kill the Coronavirus.
Also, hand sanitisers promoting “alcohol-free” formulations are popular, but less effective. These products substitute alcohol with benzalkonium chloride as the active ingredient, because consumers often perceive alcohol as being too harsh for the skin. Such non-alcohol antiseptic products may not work for many types of germs, the CDC says, and hotels and their guests are using them without knowing the difference.
To help hotels better protect their clients and staff, local skin care companies, such as Grown Alchemist and Two Good Co., are producing Australian-made hand sanitisers that meet the CDC’s recommendations.
Grown Alchemist’s new Hydra-Gel Hand Sanitiser is a non-drying, antiseptic gel formulated with 70% Ethyl Alcohol extracted from cane sugars. The formulation boasts a unique Tri-Hyaluronan Complex and antioxidants, to instantly sanitise whilst hydrating and protecting the hands from being stripped of moisture, safeguarding against premature aging.
Two Good Co. has also just launched their fragrance-free “Instant Hand Sanitiser” which they claim “contains 70% alcohol, kills 99.9% of germs and does 100% good”, through their social mission to support vulnerable women throughout Australia. Vegan-friendly, the gel also contains glycerine to keep hands soft.
Val Harding, founder of Interior Images, says not only are these local brands filling an urgent need, they are doing so in style. “Our clients consider every visual and design element of their lobbies and public spaces, so placing a hand sanitiser from the local chemist on the front desk can be quite jarring. Grown Alchemist and Two Good Co. have elevated this type of product through their skin care expertise and modern design aesthetic.”
“Grown Alchemist is such a loved and trusted brand, people will want to try their hand sanitiser. And Two Good has such an amazing story surrounding their charity and social mission, that the bottle on the counter goes from a necessary evil to a value-added touch point,” added Harding.
The Coronavirus outbreak has brought the world’s second largest economy to a standstill and the ripple effects are being felt far beyond China’s borders. The lack of Chinese tourists entering Australia and New Zealand will be just the first blow to the hotel industry. The second will be the lack of guest amenities as global manufacturing and international supply chains break down.
It may not necessarily be common knowledge, but most amenities that are branded with phrases such as ‘locally-owned’, ‘locally-designed’ or ‘locally-ïnspired’ are still made in China. With China’s manufacturing sector in disarray and office workers from Wuhan to Shanghai and Hong Kong being ordered to stay home, the flow of premium bathroom amenities is beginning to dry up.
Interior Images is helping its clients circumvent this problem by drawing on its portfolio of Australian-made shampoos, conditioners, shower gels, soaps and more. Retail brands such as Grown Alchemist, Subtle Energies, Two Good, Serendipity and ASPAR, among others, offer their locally-made products to hotels via Interior Images, avoiding the uncertainty in Asia and hassles such as long lead times and the possibility of quarantine.
Interior Images Founder, Val Harding, says the situation in China has only hastened the trend of providing travellers with a product produced in the region, highlighting local flavours, design and expertise.
“Locally-made toiletries are a fast and affordable way to add authenticity to a guest’s experience at your property – and never has there been a more crucial moment to support local businesses.”
“If a hotel is considering making the change to dispensers for environmental reasons, the current economic scenario also creates the perfect opportunity to change to a local product.
“You can obtain high-quality formulations, a carbon-neutral product, a recognisable brand – and move away from single-use plastic, whilst realising a significant cost saving over your current 30ml or 50ml products from China,” Harding added.
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