Yummikeys and the Environment
Yummikeys toys are proudly plastic free and we have worked hard, and continue to work, to be an environmentally sound brand. Here's a bit about us from a green perspective:
- Yummikeys toys are all fully carbon offset for their manufacture, postage, office costs and their cleaning throughout their estimated life (we estimate once per week in a dishwasher). The carbon offset is invested into an accredited tree planting scheme in Scotland.
- Yummikeys products and packaging are proudly plastic free. Even including the tape we use to seal our packages.
Stainless steel itself is made from 70% recycled steel so the carbon footprint initially is way lower than almost any other material. Stainless steel can be recycled without loss of quality, unlike plastic, so it can continue to be fully reused.
Yummikeys will last for a very long time and will not rust so they and are in no way a throw away disposable consumer item. They are also a special keepsake and most customer do keep them after their baby grows out of them.
A circular economy (often referred to simply as "circularity") is an economic system aimed at eliminating waste and the continual use of resources. Circular systems employ reuse, sharing, repair, refurbishment, remanufacturing and recycling to create a close-loop system, minimising the use of resource inputs and the creation of waste, pollution and carbon emissions. In terms of the circular economy by nature being 70% recycled stainless steel is very much a part of a circular business model. The vast majority of customers keep Yummikeys for a keepsake or a future baby.
Yummikeys are made in China. This is unfortunately not a choice because there are no stainless steel factories in the UK who do this kind of manufacturing, the ones we have left produce large architectural steel. In China luxury stainless steel jewellery is very popular so they have many manufacturers and advanced processes. Our factory has passed a rigorous independent Sedex audit confirming that they behaved ethically to all of their staff and uphold high standards as an employer.
Yummikeys are shipped over from China and not flown which produces minimal carbon emissions, especially in comparison to flying products over.