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.

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

(apologies for the low photo quality!)

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.

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Terese

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!
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Terese

Slow Death By Rubber Duck

Despite its somewhat alarming title, “Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The danger of Everyday Things,” is actually a hilarious book with a serious message. What starts off as a light-hearted and funny joke between friends turns into an amazing project that will empower consumers. The two protagonists expose themselves to everyday products and watch the toxin levels in their bodies skyrocket. Even more alarming, is the idea that the products featured in the experiments are products that most of us use every single day.

What’s great is that the book is full of positive tips to reduce your toxin exposure. Even better, the duck featured on the cover is not Kawan. (Phew!) Hevea products are made from 100% natural rubber and therefore hope to reduce the amount of toxins your child is exposed to. Today, all too often, so called “rubber ducks” are made out of PVC, which contains the toxin BPA.   The warm water at bath time can cause these BPAs to leak. BPA’s can be found in plastics used for food containers, tin can liners and plastic bottles. They mimic the effects of the hormone estrogen and have been linked with causing infant obesity when consumed during pregnancy and also with harming nerve and brain development in babies. Additionally BPA’s have been linked to breast cancer in adults causing “The No More BPA” campaign to be set up calling for BPA’s to be banned from the packaging of foodstuffs: www.nomorebpa.org.uk .

Kawan is completely BPA, phthalates and PVC free, with no added colors or synthetics. Hevea have also made Kawan in one piece, without a single hole, to reduce the amount of grime and mould building up inside.

By making small changes such as switching from a plastic “rubber” duck to a 100% Hevea Rubber Duck, you can prevent the amount of toxins your baby is exposed to.