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(…it’s a bit long but we have something I would love to share with you!)

In 2009 HEVEA was launched with our (now) iconic all-natural rubber pacifier (2 shapes and sizes) and a strong ambition to make things better and raise awareness about the massive overuse of plastic, which now mainstream. At that time I had an interesting (and well-paid) job but wanted to make a positive difference on the environment and wanted to avoid plastic for their children, so she started on my entrepreneurial career.

When HEVEA was started, we had a little storage facility, with insufficient room for the 40.000 pacifiers which arrived by container from Malaysia. I, together with my husband, packed the pacifiers in shipment boxes at night in own tiny house and took them by bike to the local post office. It was hectic, inspiring and intense, with two children age 0 and 1 1/2. At times it was hard. Hard to sell enough, hard to convince shops and retailers around the world of including the products from a small brand from Denmark, and hard to make a bit of bucks.

Fortunately, the pacifiers filled a gap in the market and with time the interest for eco-friendly and non-toxic products increased. And so did our staff and the number of products we produce. Now, in 2019, it’s 10 years since HEVEA was established. It’s been a long, cumbersome and fascinating journey. We’ve developed so much as a company. Besides the pacifiers, we make bath toys (not least the Kawan in the first photo), teethers, Glass baby bottles, Rubberwood Stools and a lot of other beautiful items.

And we will continue focus on being even more eco-friendly and make beautiful green fingerprints on our planet. I am so thankful for the support from clients, retailers, partner and – not least – end users and their parents. And just as important, we are happy, that more and more are interested in how we treat our wonderful planet, and how we can take care of it, so many future generations also can enjoy it. As you know, there is no Planet B!

Next month we will launch a number of new products. We are thrilled to see, how they will be received, but we are also very confident, as it’s some of the best products we’ve made so far…much more will follow in the weeks and months to come.

Plastic is passé. Natural is NOW!

XXX
Terese

Kawan Around the World

So, where will you spend your holiday?

That’s a question you most probably have to answer a lot of times these days. Perhaps you are flying to exotic beaches with shallow crystal waters. Or it might be you will spend a large part of the holiday in a tent in the wilderness. Or perhaps you will stay at home enjoying your local area. No matter where you will be, you will be looking for good experiences and enjoyable moments together with friends.

At HEVEA we have a very good friend called Kawan, which actually means “friend” in Malay. Kawan is the most loveable and cute rubber duck you can imagine. All Kawans are handmade from natural rubber, where we have added natural plant pigments and hand painted it’s beek and feet. It has numerous functions and can be used for bathing, teething and naturally for nearly all kinds of playing.


For both toddlers and children, it’s important to have a good friend by their side. And Kawan would love to be that friend. For Kawan, it’s not important where you’re going or what you’re doing – all that’s matter is to be with its friend.

This Summer, we would love to see, where you, your costumers and everybody else is bringing Kawan. That’s why we will have a “Kawan around the World” competition, where we would love everybody to post photos of the cute duckie on our Instagram.  At the end of August, we will reward the cutest photo with the hashtag #kawanaroundtheworld and @heveababy with a 70EUR voucher to purchase HEVEA products.

I wish you the happiest of holidays!

XXX
T

HEVEA Placemat. Your safe, eco-friendly non-toxic way to minimize chaos, when the youngest start eating solid foods

When babies become toddlers and change from liquid to solid food, parent’s need’s changes too. The menu on the plate is purees, porridge and similar. This is obviously really cute. But it can also be a mess. Actually, it can be rather chaotic, and food spreads frequently over large parts of the table or even on the floor.

HEVEA’s non-toxic Placemat made from natural rubber, totally plastic free, allows your little one to enjoy eating, without making a big mess around the table. The 4 suctions on the back, makes the mat non slippery. And the high edges prevents the menu from spreading to the entire table.

We have added cute animals on both the left and the right side of the mat to encourage small talk and educational elements in a fun and cute way, making the mealtime a special occasion.


The softness of the tablemat makes it easy to fold and convenient to bring for dinner in restaurants and with friends. Further, it’s sized to fit most highchair trays. And did we say – it can go into the top rack of the dishwasher – what is not to like?

Hope you will enjoy it!

XXX
Terese

HEVEA’s 2in1 Bottle – the perfect solution!

Since launching the 2in1 Bottle, we’ve received numerous positive comments. But do you really know it? The 2in1 Baby Bottle is a fantastic HEVEA invention. It can be used both at home and when the toddler need food or water on the go. And the best part is, that the toddler can drink themselves.


As with many of our other products the functionality is dual: The Star Ball cover can be used as a toy when not used on the bottle. To help the little ones hold on to the bottle, we have added a pure natural rubber cover, which not only helps the baby to grab the bottle easily but also helps the bottle from becoming slick.

And naturally, the Star Ball Cover is made from 100 % natural rubber and completely free from PVC, BPA, phthalates and artificial colours. Excellent for both the baby and the planet.

The bottle is made from highest quality, thermal shock resistant borosilicate glass and branded with beautiful HEVEA branding and with a measurement indicator. It comes with a 100% natural rubber nipple, screw thread and a hygienical dust cover.

We are extremely proud of our 2in1 Bottle. And we know, that your costumers will love and appreciate it, once you display it in your store and explain the benefits!

Problem: teething. Solution: HEVEA teethers

It’s a phase of development which all babies experience. And which many parents fear as it can result in sleepless nights and crying babies: Teething.

It’s the process by which infants teeth erupt, or break through, the gums and can change their mood from little angels into something completely different: a drawling, moody and frustrated child that doesn’t know what’s happening to them.

For many toddlers teething creates irritability, swollen gums and frustration, and they’re obviously very rarely able to identify or communicate what’s wrong. But they do feel the consequences of this major change, which is an essential part of growing up and change diet into solid food.

The period can obviously be rather frustrating for parents too, not always knowing, what’s wrong with their precious baby. The pain they feel is due to the teeth penetrating the gums. Although it can be painful, do not use frozen articles to ease the pain, as it might shortly limit the pain, but it can cause damage to the mouth. Instead give the babies plenty of care, caresses and gentle kisses and let the baby use a teether.

At HEVEA we have developed cute teethers made from natural rubber free from PVC, BPA, phthalates and artificial colours. The soft rubber encourages baby’s natural gnawing action and is ideal for soothing and massaging irritated gums, while extremely durable.

The multiple award-winning HEVEA Panda teether is made of 100% pure natural rubber. The cute Panda is easy to fall in love with, and even easier to grab and hold to for tiny hands.

The HEVEA Kawan teether is painted with pure natural plant pigments and helps stimulate and encourage the baby’s vision. Irritated gums will find great relief chewing the textured beak, feet, and neck. It’s soft, light and gentle, and easy to hold for even the tiniest hands.

The teething period can be difficult for both babies and parents. But there is hope. Care, caresses and kisses together with HEVEA teethers can help parents through a challenging period.

XXX
Terese

HEVEA Rubberwood

This February has been so exiting. After many months preparation and hard work, we have finally managed to officially launch our new Rubberwood line. As the name indicates, Rubberwood is the trees that is used to produce rubber. They grow for +30 years. During this period, the trees provides us with the sap, that becomes natural rubber. The trees absorb CO2 during this period and is thus actively working against global warming.

When the trees have dried out, they are harvested and the wood is being used to develop the most beautiful Rubberwood products. Since early last year, we have been working on a number of various products, which would fit into the HEVEA product range.

And now we have found it. Hooray. The first product is our Rubberwood Stool.

HEVEA Rubberwood Stool natural

The Stool is a fantastic combination of beautiful design, high safety and great usability. It’s a combination of 100% natural Rubberwood and natural rubber, so it’s solid, beautiful and completely safe. The non-slippery, natural rubber fingerprint and socks ensure increased stability.

This Friday evening, we will sit down, relax and enjoy our newest development and our new products. Just like Lucia here. But on Monday morning, we will be back in the office, making more, beautiful products – all from Rubberwood and rubber – the HEVEA way!

Have a great weekend!

XXX
Terese

From the Hevea tree to product

We’ve been visiting some of the plantations and factories we work together during the last weeks. It was warm and humid, but fortunately the sun is shining, and it’s wonderful to be able to walk in the shadows of the Hevea-trees. Now, having returned to Denmark would like to give even more insight into the production of HEVEA natural rubber products.

Rubber trees grow in tropical climates, and the sap from the trees is being used to produce Hevea-products

As you probably know, all the HEVEA products are made from natural rubber. The rubber comes from the sap of the Rubber trees, Hevea Brasiliensis, which is tapped into containers in the early hours of the morning.

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The rubber sap is then taken to the nearby factory, where it’s processed into the different HEVEA products.

 

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Here you see the sap mixed with water. It then needs to cure as this is made into smoked sheets of natural rubber which we use for our bathmat, star ball and panda teether.

 

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It’s an intensive proces to make natural rubber products. As you can see, parts of the proces is done with fairly old-fashioned machines. And the majority of our products are pretty labour-intensive from raw material until it reaches babies and toddlers.

Products like the Panda teether, the HEVEA Pacifiers and Alfie the rubber duck and made from pure natural rubber.


Our natural rubber pacifier gets the brown colour when curing. The process of curing is naturally done by heat and water – as you can see it starts off being white and over time it changes.

 

Other of our products, like the Kawan rubber duck and the Kawan teether for instance have had natural calcium added in order to achieve the beautiful white colour. After this, they are hand painted.

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Yet other products – for instance the black Star Ball – have had charcoal added to them and Fred the Frog has had organic green color added in order to give him the nice transparent colour.

HEVEA is about making safe, non-toxic and beautifully designed products. It’s about how we all can contribute to making a better world by using natural products and use only what we need. We focus upon making things as natural as possible and, at the same time, we are continuously looking for ways to be even better when in making our products: better for babies (and their parents) and better for the planet.

XXX
Terese

How’s the HEVEA products made?

You probably know, that we specialises in designing, developing, producing and selling beautiful and safe, non-toxic natural rubber products. Hevea Brasiliensis, commonly known as the rubber tree, is at the core of our products, and thus we are actively fighting against climate change and for a better world. But how’s the HEVEA products made? And where does it come from?

Natural rubber comes from rubber trees. These trees have a straight trunk and grow an impressive 23 meters (75 feet) or more over their lifetime, with mature trees having a diameter of around 90 cm (3 feet).

In the plantations, there are millions of trees, which are tapped early every morning by skilled craftsmen and women. Skills and practice are required to be able to tap the tree and increase its lifespan. Rubber tapping is the process by which the latex is collected from a rubber tree. An incision is made in the tree’s bark, from which the sap then flows.

Rubber tapping is an environmentally attractive land use. Rubber trees can be sustainably harvested for approximately 35 years. During this period, the trees absorb approximately 20 kg. (45 lbs) of CO2 from the air. This way HEVEA products contribute in the fight against global warming.

Rubber trees grow in tropical climates around the world. The rubber we use, comes from trees in Southeast Asia and has the highest quality. We work closely with manufacturers to ensure good working conditions in both the plantations and in the factories. When you choose HEVEA products, you are not only choosing an excellent product for your baby or toddler – you are also choosing products which are good for the environment

IS NATURAL RUBBER BIODEGRADABLE?

YES! Natural rubber is biodegradable when exposed to sunlight, humidity and fresh air. Using Natural rubber rather than synthetic rubber, silicon or plastic, which are made from oil or petroleum, acts against climate change by increasing the number of trees and cutting back on the use of fossil fuels.

Green fact: Did you know that it takes less than a decade for a rubber toy to dissolve whereas a plastic product takes between 500 and 1.000 years?

That’s one of the many reasons we love HEVEA.

Kawan wins award from the famous Mother&Baby magazine

The Christmas season is rapidly approaching and I’ve already received a surprise present: During an award ceremony in London, hosted by famous UK magazine Mother&Baby, our lovely rubber duck Kawan, was awarded in the category Best Bathtime Product.

The Mother&Baby Awards celebrates the very best products, stores and brands around. Products are tested by an army of mums whose verdicts help decide just who deserves to get the coveted rosettes. Fortunately, they really, really liked Kawan!

One of the mothers wrote in her review:

I would choose this product above ANY other ducks on the market mainly because it is sealed. No water goes in, no nasty stuff comes out. It is safer, hygienic and you don’t need to keep washing it or buying another when it became dirty. The price you pay, is an one off payment. I used to buy ducks, frogs… they kept getting dirty inside, I kept on trashing them and buying new ones. This one is fabulous. PLUS, is made all with natural products. It can be a bath toy and a teether. It is fantastic.

I couldn’t be more grateful and happy. It makes me so utterly glad, that our products are being loved, at that parents are bathing their babies and toddlers in water free from mold and dirt.

Have a great December!
XXX
Terese

Traveling with Kids to Thailand

Our graphic designer, Ida, went on holiday in Thailand. Here is her suggestion for “the perfect beach holiday kit” and a bit about traveling with kids

Before I became a mom, I was a real backpacker traveling around Thailand, The Philippines & Indonesia.

But since the little ones, came into my life I was suddenly deadly afraid of traveling and exploring in the same sense as earlier, and it took me 3 years to finally get a grip and book the tickets to Bangkok.

Then I went into the phase of speculations and spent many sleepless nights telling myself ’it was ok bringing them to the other end of the world – even putting them through ‘dangers’ as driving without auto chairs AND seatbelts, sailing in old outdated ferries, eating food made in kitchens that would have been closed down by the authorities in Europe and living it huts surrounded by lethal creeps and parasites:0)

But from the second I set my feet on Thai ground I felt safe even without all the safety that is a must in our everyday live here in Denmark.

The worries simply left me like dew under the (Thai) sun, and now I’m again addicted to traveling in Asia – WITH KIDS

Kids are just so easy to travel with. Opposite adults, they don’t bark about bad weather, don’t complain about the heat – every inch of the journey is an adventure, and every ant they meet in their bed or gecko in the ceiling at bedtime is a gift.

The 3 weeks were kicked off with 2 days in the busy metropole and Thai capital, Bangkok.

Bangkok is one of my favorite cities – it is so diverse, alive and truly an inspiration – and I think it’s really healthy for the kids to see that life can be very different from theirs and learn about the diverse world we live in.

The rest of the holiday was spent in or by water on the calm island of Koh Phanghan, unwinding and playing.

We always bring sunscreen clothes, it is so much easier than hunting the kids around trying to make sure they’re safely covered in sun cream all over the body, and of course a good waterproof sun cream on the uncovered parts. You should not bring much clothes and if you miss something buy it much cheaper there.

We always bring a few toys and small books, it’s nice for the kids to have something well-known when you are traveling around. Kawan was a true play friend as he is at home, he was buried, washed and had his own throne of sand made, and perfect as a ’ball’ for throw and catch and he doesn’t fill or weigh much in the baggage.

Muslins have been a returning part of our hand luggage traveling with kids, as they are very big and soft we use it as a blanket or pillow in the plain, boat, bus and at night time, to cover the shoulders in the sun…

In the toiletry we always bring our own organic anti-itch products for mosquito bites as most of the products you can buy in Asia contain stuff you wouldn’t want to use on a child and the table of Contents is often only in the local language which makes it hard to understand. You can buy sun cream on the destination but we though always bring our ’green’ stuff from home + after sun.

Villas aged 3’s motto seems to be higher, faster, wilder which caused several bruises on the trip, he really challenge my nerves sometimes – pew!! Anyway this time we brought some disinfection plaster where the pad contains clorhexidin, and they were very effective and kept his wounds clean and uninfected, I will definitely bring it next time too.

Now where back home after a fantastic journey – looking forward and dreaming to the next.

Enjoy your holiday!!

Ida xxx

WHAT TO BRING

HEVEA Kawan
Organic – No more insect itch
Green People sun cream – SPF 25
Green People after Sun
Sunscreen clothes SPF 50
An organic Muslin
Anti-bacteria plaster – Hansaplast
Small books
Bathing shoes