20 Feb Fine dining, innovation and sustainability: Resuinsa’s three pillars at HIP 2019
Fine dining, avant-garde technology and sustainability: these are the three pillars of Resuinsa’s participation at HIP 2019. The event brings together over 20,000 entrepreneurs, executives and professionals from the hospitality sector, alongside a broad selection of exhibitors and talks at the Hospitality 4.0 Congress—the largest international gathering for innovation, technology and new business models in the sector.
Yesterday, Resuinsa offered two different presentations in the conference section. At 2pm, Resuinsa CEO Félix Martí gave his first talk, entitled ‘Tables with or without tablecloths? Global trends’, underscoring the importance of professional table linens for restaurants, and not just for visual reasons.
Last year, the textiles company took part in a study alongside AITEX (the Textile Technological Institute) aimed at providing a scientific basis for the use of quality linens. The project found that dining at a table without a linen tablecloth increases the presence of bacteria 37 fold and that PVC table covers harbour up to four times more micro-organisms than linen.
In this vein, Resuinsa’s defence of fine dining at HIP 2019 combines the health and safety benefits of linen tablecloths with the decorative benefits of their textures and designs. Recently, bare tables have become a passing fad in Spain—something that has not been seen in other countries with extensive culinary traditions such as France or Italy.
Avant-garde technology for the textile sector
Félix Martí’s second talk at the Hospitality 4.0 Congress was entitled ‘Digital Transformation: the Hotel of the Future’. As with the previous event, attendees showed great interest in the follow-up Q&A session, with the general impression being that technological innovation in the textile sector in particular is making great strides forward.
The Resuinsa CEO took advantage of his time at the podium to talk about the multinational’s smart textiles—an innovation that, amongst other benefits, offers textile management, total garment traceability, a tally of total laundering cycles and the ability to locate each item at all times. In turn, the company is the only firm to have been awarded ‘Textiles suitable for industrial laundry’ certification; this means that unlike other firms, its technological textiles are fully capable of withstanding aggressive laundry processes.
Professionals seeking to get a close-up look at the RFID smart textiles can do so at Stand 3D421, where Resuinsa has set up a demo of how they work.
The importance of sustainability
Resuinsa’s stand (3D421) at HIP 2019 is a showcase for what is happening in terms of sustainability in the hospitality sector. In addition to smart textiles, the multinational’s stand is also highlighting a further innovation in the sector, this time from its partner exhibitor Carmela Martí. Branded as ‘The Right Textiles’, the firm manufactures 100% recycled products made from two types of fibre: cotton produced from older cotton garments and polyester from plastic bottles and packaging made from PET.
Carmela Martí has marketed its decorative textiles made from recycled plastic for several years. The products are a standard-setting innovation and a true challenge to the hospitality sector, offering a way to reduce the environmental impact of its processes. Resuinsa is fully committed to this approach too, with the company being awarded top marks in the SteP certification programme, ensuring all its manufacturing processes comply with sustainability parameters.