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Hevea

    • HOW DID IT ALL START?
    • Hevea began when our founder, Terese Hoffeldt, was travelling in Southern Europe with her husband and 6 month old daughter Augusta
    • THE POISONED CELEBRITY
    • “Until I had my first child, I didn’t pay that much attention to my lifestyle,” she confesses
    • “I was vaguely aware of issues but I don't think I had read an ingredients listing - whether it was on the back of a food packet, or a moisturiser
    • But, then that is no different to many teenagers”
    • When Terese was pregnant with Augusta Greenpeace ran a publicity campaign testing various celebrities in Denmark for the level of toxins in their blood
    • The then-pregnant Danish radio and TV presenter Andrea Rudolph was found to have 18 out of 44 toxins in her blood/body
    • “This really scared me and was my eureka moment - my own pregnancy, the Greenpeace campaign, the arrival of Augusta and the loss of my own mother, which came 10 days after Augusta’s birth - These were life-changing events all in such a short space of time
    • My whole attitude was altered for ever”
    • THE ITALIAN PEASANTS TEACH US A LESSON
    • “We saw so many babies using pacifiers and in particular natural rubber pacifiers,” Terese explains
    • “We bought a few different ones for Augusta and I fell in love with the material”
    • Terese got talking to graphic designer Ida Aalstrup , another recent mother, and hired her to make some mock ups
    • Other parents and grandparents (the older the wiser they say!) pitched in with ideas and suggested neat features, like distinct designs for boys and girls
    • A SURPRISING FIND IN THE JUNGLES OF ASIA
    • The next step was to finding a manufacturer with the imagination to create these designs in a sustainable way - from sourcing to packaging
    • This lead her to Malaysia where the Malaysian Rubber Board oversees the industry, ensuring best practice and paying for research into new sustainable initiatives
    • “My husband looked after Augusta while I travelled around Malaysia visiting the various manufactures and find the right people to work with,” Terese explains
    • “We went through hours of prototypes, tests and meetings until we finally ready to launch at the start January 2009 - just as I was about to give birth to our son Alfred”
    • SLOW DEATH BY RUBBER DUCK
    • A deadly bath toy provided Terese with her next inspiration
    • “Reading the excellent “Slow death rubber duck” book, I got so scared realizing that we put our naked children into toxic bathwater every time” she explains
    • “The book explains how the friendly rubber duck in most homes isn’t rubber, it’s plastic - and highly toxic due to a chemical called BPA
    • BPA is released when plastic is immersed in water - and in particular warm water
    • Terese learned how it could damage Augusta’s development and even cause cancer
    • Like any mother would, she worried - then realised she already had the solution! Which is how Alfie, Hevea’s rubber duck, was born
    • THE ONLY DUCK YOU'LL FIND IN A TREE
    • On a visit to Hevea’s Malaysian factory and plantation Terese noticed some beautiful white ducks
    • “The farmer’s son had been friends with one of the ducks since he was a baby and now, both 7 years old, they played together,” she remembers
    • “The duck even went to school with him”
    • The name Kawan, meaning ‘friend’ in Malay, is a nod to the farmers son and his web-footed schoolfriend
    • Kawan’s natural rubber is soft, malleable and easy for tiny hands to grasp
    • The patterned texture on Kawan’s beak and feet is ideal for soothing and massaging irritated gums and the elasticity of the rubber is perfect for chewing on
    • Thanks to the one-piece design there are no cracks or joints for bacteria to hide in
    • A very hygienic duck
    • HAPPY EVER AFTER?
    • Three years after launch, Hevea offers teethers, bath toys, pacifiers and accessories
    • All are made with passion - for design, for the environment, for people and planet
    • Every employee strives to make positive contribution to reduce, reuse and recycle
    • We truly want to be sustainable and strive to do our best to be a responsible company right through all of our business practices
    • We face many challenges, not least the fact that almost all of us are parents as well! But you only change the world one step at a time
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    out of stock until 17 October 2016
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    out of stock until 17 October 2016