Swiss and American researchers recently released a study stating that bath-time toys, rubber ducks predominantly in this case, become a haven for disease-spreading bacteria.
The Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, ETH Zurich and the University of Illinois, counted the microbes found in the murky, stagnant water that resided in some of these bath-time toys. In 4 out of the 5 toys studied, they found that the water squeezed out of them contained “potentially pathogenic bacteria” such as Legionella and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Bacterium which is “often implicated in hospital-acquired infection”.
While differences have been found in others, many bath-toys have produced similar results and the reason is down to the material. The plastic materials, with low-quality polymers in them, release carbons that can serve as food for the bacteria. While some of the bacteria is present in the water, bodily fluids, various contaminants and soap are also added. The additional components add microbes and nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous and when the bacteria are introduced to this balmy brine and the carbon released from the bath-toys material it creates a formula that produces a haven for bacteria to grow and thrive, so much so there was a strikingly high number recorded. Up to 75 million cells per square centimetre of a variety of bacteria and fungus. The research had lead to the conclusion that without the carbon produced from the low-quality polymers in the material, this number would have been much less dramatic.
The presence of bacteria is important for the development of a child’s immune system, but too much can lead to infections. The increase of which can be avoided by better quality bath toys that feature higher quality polymers thus preventing the growth and fungus and bacteria.
Tenura Antimicrobial Daily Living Aids
With Tenura for the most part being hand held daily living aids intended for use around food and drink, we too faced similar issues in making sure our products did not subject our users to these risks as well as others.
Initially creating our daily living aids from a non-toxic material, silicone, we removed the need for phthalates to be used in our products to make them pliable enough for their purpose. Phthalates have been used in similar products. It helps to soften cheaper materials to give them a more rubber like finish. The problem with phthalates, is that they are toxic and exposure to them can have long term detrimental health effects. This has resulted in them being banned or restricted in parts of Europe and the USA.
To help combat bacteria the only additive we used is an anti-microbial powder, added during the manufacturing process which prevents the build-up of bacteria and protecting against mould and fungi. This solitary additive is intended to help protect our customers, as well as add value through longevity to our daily living aids.
View the range on the website. Spend £50 or more and we will deliver your order to you free of charge.
Some may find that having a disability can leave you feeling low as you can’t continue with the daily activities like you used to however whilst searching online I fell upon a few facts about gardening therapy. The information I found gave a basis on how gardening can help people with impairments get back into a routine. Tenura offers a wide range of products that can help make it comfortable for you to do these activities again.
Gardening therapy is based around the idea of routine and purpose. Supplying someone living with a disability a reason to get up in the morning creates more positive energy. For those with disabilities it can be a challenge getting back into those daily routines. Gardening gives you a reason to get out of the house as some garden needs daily care. You are getting a natural source of Vitamin D being in the sun, also promoting a better night’s sleep whilst doing light exercise throughout the day. As the days go by you will begin to notice that you are accomplishing more and more felling less down and having more energy.
During my research I also found out that gardening reduces the chances of having a heart attacks and developing diabetes as it promotes healthy living. Without realising it you are doing a few hours of exercise every day and slowly developing muscles that may have caused pain or discomfort. However whilst being outside all day is a positive thing there are some precautions to take; make sure you drink plenty of water, take regular breaks, wear protective clothing, store equipment safely or ensure that it isn’t causing a hazard when in use.
Extreme grip mats
Extreme grip mats are made from a strong tacky like material which will prevent things from moving. This mat creates a bond to most surfaces; these mats are designed for high movement areas and will adhere to a surface instantly creating a strong non slip surface. These mats are dishwasher safe or can be cleaned with hot soapy water, once fully dry they are ready for usage again without losing any of its adhesive qualities.
This product can be used by those who have balancing issues the following are examples or where to use these products;
- Whilst filling plant pots up, by placing an extreme mat down you can fill plant pots up without risk of them falling.
- Placed pots on them when finished to keep them in place in case of knocking.
- Carrying things on a tray that may be slightly heavier or for those with balancing issues; this mat will keep things in place if you don’t have steady hands.
Non slip fabric
Non slip fabric is a foam based material attached to polyester mesh. It is designed to allow objects to sink into the material preventing all movement. The fabric can be used anywhere in any size. You can cut this fabric down to size with scissors for what purpose it is needed. Similarly to the grip mats they are easy to wash with warm soapy water, once they are fully dry they are ready for use again without losing any of its non slip properties.
- If you find discomfort whilst kneeling down this fabric is cushioned creating comfort when leaned on, simply lay it down on the ground and fold as many times as needed to create extra comfort.
- When planting you can place plants on the non slip fabric to keep them in place but without causing any damage to them.
Moulded Cup Holder
The Tenura Moulded cup holder is available in red and blue; it has a strong microbial construction which prevents any bacteria or fungi spreading on the material. This product can also be washed with ease either in the dishwasher or with hot soapy water then once fully dried it is ready to use again without losing any of its non slip properties. It works just like a regular coaster but it is fitted to the bottom of your cup for an anti slip base. This product is beneficial for those who have vision impairments due to it being on the bottom of your cup you don’t have the issue of trying to locate your coaster and risk it falling.
- This product is a good way to place your cup down without risk of it falling or spilling when trying to locate and place it on a regular coaster.
- You can also apply them to the bottom of small plant pots when either filling, moving/ carrying or when displaying them to prevent movement.
Tenura Cup caps are self sealing caps that are made from silicone and are flexible to stretch around the top of a cup or glass preventing spills when shaken or knocked over. This product is perfect for children or those with an unsteady grip protecting clothing or furniture.
- Although the cup caps have the purpose for just cups and glasses it also has other purposes;
- Being placed over glasses to stop any cross contamination when using chemicals and staying hydrated.
- Can be placed over small pots when seeds need the correct atmosphere for germination.
Grip Strips and rolls
Tenura silicone grip strips and rolls are two different products with similar purpose, the rolls are made from silicone with a self adhesive backing, they can be used as draw liners, shelf liners or tray liners they can be cut to size with ease and once applied they create a non slip base, however we do not recommend using this product again once I removed from the surface as it loses its adhesive quality once removed from the surface. On the other hand the grip strips are made from the same silicone material and are reusable they come in a 2cm x 1m strip that can be used wherever extra grip is needed. Easy to apply, the materials adhesive-like qualities bonds together and stays in place but also easy to remove.
- Whilst gardening there rolls or strips can be useful if there is extra grip needed;
- Wrap the strips around any tool or hose pipe to create a anti slip grip
- Apply the strips to a wheelbarrow to create a stronger grip when lifting it
- The rolls can be used to line trays, buckets, wheelbarrows to create an anti-slip surface when you are moving around.
You can purchase any of these products from the Tenura website. Free shipping is also available to orders delivered within the UK mainland when you spend £50 or more.
Although Tenura’s products are aimed at those with impairments to strength of grip, this does not exclude Tenura products from everyday use by everyone else.
Tenura products lend their use to a majority of kitchen items, making meal prep much easier, efficient and therefore much more enjoyable.
Below we give you suggestions for a range of Tenura products that we think are kitchen must haves.
Bottle & Jar Openers
The main usage for Tenura bottle and jar openers are to make the opening of jars and bottles much easier by increasing grip and comfort. However, they could also be used for every day kitchen needs.
Using them on taps when water is required, for the pan, kettle or measuring jug is also an excellent use for them, for the same reasons they are used on jars, bottles and similar containers.
Can be used to go on draining boards to stop washed pots sliding or falling damaging them, it also cushions them to stop damages. Place it in the bottom of a drawer or on a shelf to stop things from moving when opened. Use non slip fabric to lean on with its polyester mesh covered in foam you sink into the material with comfort.
Cutlery Grips & Grip Strips
Tenura cutlery grips can be used on various kitchen utensils, creating a better secure grip. From preparation to eating, putting the grips over the end of most utensils is as easy as pushing it onto the handle. We also have children cutlery grips available. Children's cutlery grips are also available.
Grips strips can be wrapped around utensils and small containers for a firmer, more comfortable grip. The desired result is easily achievable with pre-cut strips or cutting to size from a full roll.Non-Slip Mats
Tenura non-slip mats can be used in prep or during mealtimes to hold cups, bowls and plates in place.
Provides additional grip to bowls when mixing, and will also provide protection to surfaces from heat or mess. Easy to clean via dishwasher or by hand, the anti-microbial additive also providing additional protection from bacteria.
Tenura offers a range of extremely effective anti-slip daily living aids that provide grip on dry, smooth and slippery surfaces, including tables, worktops, trays, handles, utensils and many more.View the range on the website. Orders over £50 are sent free of charge to anywhere within the mainland UK.
Having older relatives that live alone can be a concern, but Tenura’s products are designed to make daily tasks easier and less hazardous. This blog is all about which of our products can be the most effective and affordable.
Aqua Safe Anti Slip Strips
Aqua safe anti slip strips and have a strong adhesive bond, this non abrasive material is soft on skin yet durable when applied. To ensure there is an effective bond you will need to clean the surface, we recommend an alcohol based cleaner (Heskin’s IPA Cleaner) in comparison to a cream cleaner; this is because cream cleaners leave behind a residue causing the application to fail. This product comes in 2 shaped (discs or strips) these prevent slipping in the bath or shower or for extra support when moving around.
This product can be used;
- On tiled flooring
- Bath and shower trays
Anti Grip slip strips and rolls
Anti slip grip and rolls are available in large rolls or pre cut strips coming in a range of sizes. They can be used all around the house where extra grip is needed. Easy to apply, you simply grab the roll (and cut to size if needed) or strips and then wrap them around the surface then with the silicone grip they hold together for easy application and removal.
You can apply these to;
- Door handles for extra support.
- Pan handles
Table and floor mats
Tablemats are made from silicone and create a strong bond to hard surfaces preventing any unwanted movement. The table and floor mats have an adhesive like quality making it easy to apply and remove from hard surfaces without leaving a sticky residue behind. They are easy to clean either with warm soapy water or in the dishwasher, once dried they are ready to use again and again.
These can be used;
- Under a chopping board when preparing your favourite meal preventing slips especially when using a sharp knife
- They are also effective when put in front of beds or chairs assisting when sitting or standing with extra support.
On a side table, for example next to the front door, with the table mats bright colours it makes it easier to find where to put your personal belongings down, for those with visual impairments. Place your keys, phone or wallet on the mat preventing things from falling off.
Anti Microbial Moulded Cup Holders
Moulded cup holders are similar to regular coasters however these fit to the bottom of your cup creating an anti slip base. They are brightly coloured making it easier to find them or make sure that it is on the bottom of the cup. Made from silicone they have heat resilience preventing any marks or stains when placed on tables.
These cutlery grips are made from silicone which is soft and easy to grip, the large grip reduces pressure on joints reducing any discomfort. They are washable either with hot soapy water or in a dishwasher. Washing these will not get rid of any of the qualities and they are ready to use again once dried. Available in 2 sizes (children and adult) these cutlery grips fit around;
- Dining utensils (knives, forks, spoons)
- Paint brushes
- Tooth brushes
- Make up brushes
Tenura is proud to announce we will be attending the FIME exhibition in Orlando, Florida this year.
The FIME (Florida International Medical Expo) is held between the 8th-10th August 10am-5pm located at the ORANGE COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER - WEST CONCOURSE, ORLANDO, FLORIDA.
The FIME expo welcomes over 22,000 medical and health care trade professionals worldwide!
Doing business with 1,500+ national and international companies showcasing new and refurbished medical and hospital equipment, technology, products and supplies.
Come find us at Booth B.S26 to see Tenura Daily Living Aids as we hope to make new connections and new friends. Our products are designed to aid those with disabilities or impairments helping them get back to their daily routine again with ease.
We look forward to seeing you there.
With summer coming up we can’t help but get out for the day and enjoy the sun! However while many of us are constantly on the go all year round for various reasons, some of us find seemingly simple tasks more challenging than others do. If these simple tasks become much more difficult than previous they can have a major detrimental impact on your fun or duties. With this blog post we are going to try and explain a few ways on how Tenura products can help make these everyday tasks easier.
The ranges of select Tenura products below are designed to make various simple tasks on the go feel like a breeze once again.
Tenura Cutlery Grips
Tenura cutlery grips, like the majority of Tenura products are produced from silicone. The main benefits of silicone is how well it grips and the comfort experienced whilst holding it. These features mean that you can take them anywhere with you. For example, if you’re going out for an expensive meal or just want to stop off somewhere for a spot of lunch they are perfect for popping on to your cutlery quickly and easily. If Tenura cutlery grips get dirty they can be easily washed with hot, soapy water or by popping them in the dishwasher and once dry they are then ready to use again. Cutlery grips are not exclusive for use with cutlery as you can also put them on pens and pencils, with a larger surface area to hold, it will become easier to write and draw, reducing if not eradicating discomfort.
Tenura cutlery grips are available in adult sizes and children sizes.
The Tenura Non-Slip Fabric is also beneficial when on the go. Made out of non-slip foam applied to a polyester mesh, this makes it a stable yet comfortable and cushioned non-slip material. This fabric is easy to cut making it easier to carry as you can then only take as much as you need. It has multiple purposes when on the go, it can be used as additional comfort when sitting on a bench whilst relaxing or having a picnic. Due to non-slip fabrics flexibility, it is easy to fold and carry in your bag. You could also find its benefits when having a picnic by using it on the table surface to place your food and drinks on for either a cleaner surface or to make everything less prone to slips. It is also suitable for resting your arms and elbows on to increase comfort.
Tenura non slip fabric is available in 3 colours.
Moulded Cup Holders
These cup holders are made from silicone and work exactly as a coaster would but are designed to hold onto the base of your cup and create a portable anti-slip surface. Tenura moulded cup holders fit onto the bottom of your cup indiscreetly and with minimal effort. This makes it easier to place cups down without marking any surfaces and will prevent accidents if the surface is overly slippery. Silicone also has a high tolerance to heat so these anti-slip cup holders prevent any spillages created by unwanted movement and preventing marks and stains on table surfaces that could be caused by hot mugs and cups. These will be very useful at the family picnic or at the office for those busy workers who are always on the go! Once placed down Tenura moulded cup holders will ensure your drink does not spill, but are also easy to remove and wash ready for next time!
Tenura moulded cup holders are available to buy from the website in 3 colours.
A lot of media attention has focused on the new British plastic £5 bank note containing animal fats, the use of animal fats is controversial for vegans and vegetarians. The proposed new plastic £20 note will contain palm oil. While being more vegan friendly, the implications of the use of palm oil is the processes to obtain this oil devastates forests, leaving many animals without their natural habitats in which they reside. They say they are going to be producing the new plastic £20 notes using sustainable palm oil, but the jury, as ever, is out.
But what purpose do those oils and fats serve? The answer; they are used as phthalates. The phthalates soften the plastic making it malleable, without them they would be harder and brittle. What is interesting is that the plastic note manufacturer took an interesting and safe approach. They used a safe phthalate, not something harsh like DEHP, DINP, DIDP etc.
Tenura takes a strict approach to plasticisers, we believe that objects which are handled regularly should not contain them. Unlike other companies which offer PVC materials laden with phthalates (DEHP, DINP etc) we take a different approach, heavily plasticised PVC materials were developed in the 1960’s and viewed as the future product; cheap to produce, easy to mould and possessing an initial level of tack. From the 1980’s onwards research soon highlighted high level health risks, so much so that PVC phthalate use is banned for use in hot food containers, children’s toys and objects that be placed in a child’s mouth. The EU, the US Federal Government and especially the states of California and Oregon have progressively legislated against their use. When we created the Tenura range of daily living aids, non-slip bottle & jar openers, place mats and cup holders, we wanted to use modern materials. Silicone is a green material, that can be used to produce products without any phthalates.
For more information, you can contact us by phone, live chat or by filling out the contact us form on the website.
Tenura jar and bottle openers are an excellent device to keep at home within reach for whenever you need them. Their soft, yet sturdy construction allows for the opening or turning of many things besides just jars and bottles.
The silicone construction provides excellent grip for the user alongside exceptional comfort, whilst gaining exception hold on the object you are using it on.
Tenura Jar and Bottle Opener Uses
Tenura jar and bottle openers can be used on a variety of items around the home to make daily tasks that little bit easier. We have listed various uses below to help you, some of which we were even surprised by!
The list of uses around the home are:
Round door handles
Egg timers ( the twisty kind )
Twist top beer bottles
Stop valves on water pipes
Gas fire controls
There will no doubt be plenty of other uses to, so if you have used them for anything else, or think of another use for them, you can let us know via email, live chat, or send us a message on Facebook. We will gladly add it to the list, and you never know, we may send you a little gift for your suggestion.
Tenura grip strips and rolls are also an alternative that could come in handy too.
Tenura jar and bottle openers are an excellent, versatile daily living aid to keep around the home. Available in red, blue and yellow for immediate purchase from the Tenura website. If you spend over £50 on Tenura products you can get them posted to you for free of charge providing you live in the mainland UK. If you are VAT exempt, you can fill out the VAT exemption form during sign up to allow you to purchase all of Tenuras’ silicone products VAT free.
If you would like more information, you can visit the website or contact the sales team by phone, live chat or the contact us form.
Our working lives can and usually do involve a lot of stress. Many people will try many solutions to alleviate the stress that gets built up through the day, allowing them to go about their duties with a much more positive frame of mind.
Here at Tenura, we believe in improving necessary everyday tasks, tasks that usually don’t get a second thought, especially in a working environment.
But did you know if these daily tasks take longer or are more difficult than usual, they can be attributable to increasing stress levels to a far higher level?
Below we discuss some ways to virtually eradicate the potential for various daily tasks and work areas from developing into stressful situations.
Working in an Office
Tenuras range of daily living aids are even useful as slip prevention and grip enhancement around the office regardless of any physical impairments. Below is a guide to areas of the office where Tenura daily living aids would be useful.
Where many of us spend our working days, in an almost fixed position typing away on keys and clicking our mouse. Aside from your general awareness to sit in a correct, comfortable position, there are other things that can be done to enhance the comfort of your working day.
Many desks have a veneer surface that is often quite slippy. This is referred to in the industry as a ‘low energy surface’. This can cause certain keyboards and mouse mats, as well as other items, to have insufficient grip, causing unnecessary movement and ultimately potential accidents and frustration as a result of this.
Tenura can offer various solutions to suit this particular problem. Tenuras range of anti slip mats are designed to be applied to create a high-energy surface that will help any item applied to grip more effectively to a surface. Tenura has various sized mats available to either resolve a specific movement issue with a single item or cover virtually the entirety of the working area of your desk so anything placed upon it will not easily slide about.
Tenura grip strips and rolls can be used as a more discreet option. With our pre-cut strips or full rolls for you to cut to size and shape yourself, you can create an anti-slip solution that you are happy with. By being selective about how you place your Tenura anti-slip daily living aids, you can keep the aesthetics of your working environment as you like them whilst improving working comfort.
Tenura non-slip fabric is also an excellent option. As well as being non-slip it can provide a more cushioned surface to provide relief for elbows, forearms or wrists whilst typing all day. Supplied in rolls, and being very easy to cut to size, the possibilities are virtually endless, provided it is a cushioned, non-slip surface that is required.
For that mid-morning or afternoon coffee, tea or whatever drink you need to get you through the day, Tenura coasters are available in a range of sizes and styles to ensure you can buy one that is perfect for your needs. Want a coaster that will happily sit on your desk until it is required? Try our 4 pack of square coasters or single pack circular coasters that are available in two sizes. Want one that will go wherever you go? Tenura moulded cup holders are perfect for that office worker who is always on the move. Wherever you and your mug go, you can be sure there is always a coaster there. All Tenura coasters can be viewed right here.
Pens and Other Hand-Held Objects
For those who experience discomfort or lack of grip with pens and many other hand-held utensils in the office ( knives and forks at lunch time, as one example ), then Tenura have options to help you there also.
Tenura grip strips, again can be used as an effective solution to the problem. Pre-cut strips, or even rolls that can be cut to size, can be wrapped around the item to increase surface size, resulting in a larger, more comfortable surface area that decreases strain on joints and the need for as much strength of grip to be applied.
Tenura cutlery grips are also another solution. By inserting the pen or similarly held utensil into the end, you instantly increase the surface area. This results in a much easier and more comfortable to hold item.
Tenuras aim is to improve daily living for everyone, and we hope that by using our daily living aids, we do indeed accomplish our mission, meaning you can perform day to day activities with much more ease and in greater comfort.
Many of the Tenura daily living aids mentioned in this article have various size options and colours available. Please visit the website to find out more, or alternatively contact the Tenura sales team by phone, live chat or the contact us form on the website.
Tenuras latest addition to the daily living aids range is self-adhesive non-slip silicone reels. This material is our faithful non-slip silicone with an added bonus of a strong self adhesive backing, allowing it to be applied to an area as an effective semi-permanent non-slip surface that will not only provide excellent non-slip properties, but will not damage any items placed upon it.
The adhesive backing was an additional feature people have enquired about online, at meetings and exhibitions. Now Tenura are happy to make this available and supply an inexpensive, self-adhesive non-slip surface.
This material can be used in many domestic and industrial applications such as in tool boxes, workbenches, breakfast bars or side tables at home or desks in the office. It can also be applied to handheld objects to increase grip and comfort. Self-adhesive silicone reels decrease the risk of spills and prevent stains from objects resting on its surface. Thanks to the easy peel away backing, this material can be applied quickly and neatly, creating an aesthetically pleasing non-slip surface.
They are highly versatile, due to you being able to cut pieces to size using scissors, making them ideal for when a non-slip surface is required.
The aforementioned cut to size versatility makes it perfect for areas where multiple or specific shape applications may be needed.
Like most of Tenura silicone non-slip and grip aids, Tenura self adhesive non-slip reels can be cleaned with a simple combination of hot water and soap, but will lose all non-slip properties whilst wet. Once dry the materials non-slip properties will return, so we recommend allowing the surface to dry properly before using it.
Tenura self-adhesive non-slip reels are 1m x 20cm giving you a large amount of material to work with for your money. They are 0.3mm thick and available in blue.
Tenura self adhesive non-slip reels can be purchased directly through our website, along with the rest of Tenuras range of daily living aids. You can get free shipping on all Tenura products by spending over £50 or more!
Should you have any questions or queries about our self-adhesive non-slip reels or any other products Tenura produces, please contact the sales team via email or contact form. If you would like to speak to us directly, you can do so via the live chat feature or calling us by phone.