Our mission is to continuously improve — not only our beloved long hot water bottle, but the way our world revolves and evolves. Issues of sustainability, ethics and morale are close to our hearts here at YuYu. This is why we do our best at burdening our natural environment as little as possible, while bringing the necessary warmth and comfort to the people that need it.
We try to choose a more sustainable option with everything we do, from our product sourcing to our packaging, shipping and warehousing. The world is not perfect and nor are we, but we strive towards the ideal and that makes our journey worthwhile. Down below you can find some of the ways we support our goals of ethical responsibility.
Many of the hot water bottles available in the market are made of PVC (polyvinyl chloride), a synthetic plastic polymer most often (roughly half of all PVC) used for pipes for municipal and industrial purposes. Exposure to PVC includes exposure to phthalates and chlorine, which may have harmful effects on health, especially when exposed to heat.
We do not want people to be holding any such thing so close to their skin. Therefore, we source our hot water bottle’s natural and biodegradable rubber from the finest rubber trees in Sri Lanka through a method called tapping. In this method, an incision is made into the bark, allowing the fluid to be collected into a vessel attached to the rubber tree. The liquid is a sticky, milky sap called latex, and after several processes it is moulded into a long bottle.
We found the softest, finest cashmere in Inner Mongolia from a supplier that uses a traditional and ethical combing process. Each goat provides 100 grams of cashmere per year, which is taken in the spring season, after the cold winter months. Collecting the wool at this time helps the goats shed their big coats to feel cooler during the upcoming hot summer season.
Our YuYu Bottles come either rolled into a cube shaped cardboard box or a bottle-long gift box, both of which are made from recyclable cardboard. We always urge our customers to utilise the opportunity of recycling, when available.
This means you can upgrade your YuYu Bottle or otherwise keep the experience fresh by alternating between the many fabrics and designs without having to purchase an additional water bottle. Bottles and bottle caps are separately available as well, for the same purpose. We definitely want more people to experience the warmth and comfort of the YuYu Bottle, but wish nothing of it to go to waste!