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New Tenura Video: Children's Assistive Devices

Tenura creates and manufactures helpful assistive devices for children to make life a little simpler. Tenura's ergonomically designed children's products are beneficial during play and mealtimes. The three gadgets on show in the video are Tenura children's cutlery grips, CupCaps and non-slip mats. You can use these products to promote the development of fine motor skills like handwriting.

Skills such as handwriting and properly using cutlery, may not seem necessary. However, they are the foundation to key life skills, and by using and practising with cutlery, the child's brain develops fine motor skills.

Fine motor skills are the movements we make using our smaller muscles for intricate tasks, a task in our daily lives that requires such skill is fastening the buttons on your top, tying shoelaces, writing and correctly using cutlery.

Children who do not practice fine motor skills often have low self-esteem because they are unable to complete the same tasks as their peers. So, let's make sure your child is happy and prepared for life by encouraging their development using Tenura children's products.

Explore the benefits of our Children's Range:

Children's Cutlery Grips

Children can struggle to hold items with thin handles as it requires fine motor skills and coordination. Typically, children can feed themselves by age seven, having acquired these skills through years of practice. You may not give it much thought but grasping smaller objects requires a more extensive range of movement, which is why some children struggle to hold cutlery. To help your child, slide Tenura children's cutlery grips onto handles, enlarging their surface area and making them more comfortable to hold. Some great examples include:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Paintbrushes
  • Pens and Pencils
  • Hairbrushes

Children's cutlery grips come in a pack of two and are available in three colours, red, blue and grey.

For larger hands, we have ergonomically designed adult cutlery grips.

Children's Cutlery Grips on Paintbrush and Toothbrush in use

Children's Table Mats

Arts and crafts are a treasured pastime for all children, often consisting of paint, pens and glue, all of which can leave horrifying marks on your furniture. However, by using a Tenura children's mat as a barrier between the table and their art, you can protect your surfaces and keep the mess contained. Tenura mats are easy to wash/wipe down and are dishwasher safe.

The mat's silicone non-slip properties prevent spillages, as paint pots and other mess-making supplies are securely held in place by the children's mat.

There are two funky shaped children's mats available, an orange cat and a green frog.

Children's Table Mats Protecting the Table form Paint as Children Play

Tenura CupCaps – Silicone Drink Lids

We are all prone to knocking over drinks, especially children, whose bodies are growing and don't have the best spatial awareness. With that in mind, CupCaps can be an ideal help. CupCaps are stretchy silicone drink lids that create a seal over the top of containers to keep the liquid inside and avoid spillages. Stretch the drinks cap over your cup, insert a straw through the eyelet and away you go, mess-free.

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Benefits of Tenura Children's Assistive Devices

Tenura’s three assistive devices for children are made from silicone, which means that have fantastic qualities, which include:

  • Non-Toxic
    • An essential feature as children tend to put things in their mouth, so the last thing you want is the object to be toxic
  • Antimicrobial
    • Bacteria can't harbour on the mat's surface. Your child has a developing immune system, so it is crucial to reduce the risk of infection/­illness
  • Latex-Free
    • Your child could be allergic to latex, and you may not be aware
  • Easy to hand wash and dishwasher safe
    • Tenura children's products can withstand temperatures up to 250°C

If you would like to contact us regarding the Tenura children's range or our other products, please fill out the contact form.

A Child Developing Fine Motor Skills by Cutting Paper

Developing Fine Motor Skills in Children

Performing actions with increased frequency positively affects how smooth, fast and accurate the motion can be completed in the future, becoming ingrained in 'muscle memory'.

As for a child learning how to write, years of practice go by to develop the skill. If you have ever tried to practice the art form, calligraphy, you will realise what it was like when first beginning writing. You have to train your hand to complete the same motion each time ensuring every letter is identical in style. You have to train your body to make those exact motions.

By repetitively completing actions, you also build up the strength in the muscles involved in that movement, especially supportive muscles required for fine motor skills. As these improvements continue, the brain takes note and sends out altered signals each time, which is, of course, why practice makes perfect.

To help develop this skill in your children, you should practice activities such as colouring/­drawing, tracing, cutting, writing, playing with playdough and using cutlery when eating.

 

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If you would like any further information on the products showcased in this blog and video, check out their product pages: Children's Cutlery Grips | Children's Table Mats | CupCaps

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from All of us at Tenura!

Tenura Merry Christmas BannerI can safely say that 2020 was not the year we were all expecting! Luckily 2021 is in sight.

For me, 2021 holds a wealth of opportunity, and I will hopefully get to see more of my friends and family (of course, as and when the government deem it safe). Staying connected with my friends and family in the coming year is going to be one of my main focuses, and I believe this to be in line with that of the UK population. We have all missed out on seeing family during milestones such as birthdays.

T-FLOOR-60-2-Blue-Floor-Mat-Pet Food Bowls Resting on Tenura Non-Slip Floor Mat-Pet Dog Eating at ChristmasDuring this time, please keep in your mind, relatives or friends who are struggling to live independently and may require your assistance from time to time, check up on them and make sure they are doing well, this is what Christmas is all about. We know it can be challenging to spread the Christmas spirit when barriers such as lockdowns are in play. However, these people are a part of our community and deserve the utmost care.

2021 in terms of Tenura is another full year of helpful videos, and continued commitment to deliver our high-quality products inter­nati­onally, to help everyone worldwide who hasn’t yet discovered the wonders of Tenura.

Fingers crossed we will see you at one of the exhibitions we plan on attending. However, it is too early to give any more details on the whereabouts, as we know, from our 2020 experience, these details are subject to change. Subscribe to the blog to stay up-to-date (and receive a 10% off discount code).

As for our opening hours during the Christmas period, they are as follows:

Date

Opening Times

Friday 25th December till Tuesday 29th December 2020

CLOSED

Wednesday 30th December till Thursday 31st December 2020

08:30 to 17:30 - LIMITED SERVICES

Friday 1st December 2020

CLOSED

Monday 4th January 2021

OPEN + FULLY OPERATIONAL

Tenura Heart LogoIf you are going to make a purchase and would like it in time for Christmas, we suggest ordering before the 23rd December if delivery is within the UK and for the rest of Europe order before the 24th to avoid disappointment.

From the bottom of our hearts here at Tenura, we wish you all the best for the new year, and we hope that Christmas goes as well as it can, even if we can’t be with our loved ones, we can connect with them in other ways.

Now is a time to reflect, reminiscence and create goals for a joyous new year. Let us know your aspirations for 2021 by connecting with us on our socials (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram)

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Fixing the Plastic Crisis

Plastic-crisisIn modern day Life it is virtually impossible to avoid plastic, but with the growing epidemic of plastic pollution it is in our best interests to minimise the amount we use.

Plastics harm the environment by seeping into soil and water, degrading our beaches, killing wildlife, choking our oceans and killing millions of marine animals each year.

There is now a huge campaign to reduce the plastic foot print by governments, environmental groups and worldwide supporters.

We are part of the problem and now need to be part of the solution.

Our problem is that we live in a throw away culture and urgency is needed to move away from this lifestyle involving single usage plastic.

Even If we make little changes in our day to day life, that can help to reduce our own plastic footprint.

Even if we each make little changes in our day to day lives, together they will have a huge impact in reducing the plastic footprint.

Below are a few pointers to go plastic free at home.

Plastic Bags

Purchase reusable bags made from durable, envi­ron­men­tally-friendly materials that will last time and time again.

Plastic Bottles

Refillable, glass water bottles are much better for the environment and yourself.

Plastic Straws

Skip a straw or buy a reusable metal one.

Shop Local

local Markets or local farmers markets are ideal for plastic free shopping as most items are displayed loose and stall holders more likely to accommodate your needs. Most food hasn’t travelled miles to get to you therefore the carbon footprint is low.

Buy in Bulk

Reduces the amount of plastic packaging.

Reusable Party Cutlery

The amount of single use partyware we through away in our lifetimes if we thought about it would add up to a considerable amount.

Recycle When Possible

This will give your used packaging the best chance of being disposed of correctly to reduce the pollution created from waste.

The ‘Attenborough Effect’ has sparked a rise in beaches around the UK having a big clean up. With a rise in 18 beaches since last year being awarded for their litter free sands. Over the past 12 months, this movement has led to a 53 percent reduction in single-use plastic.

Large fast-food and coffee franchises such as McDonalds, Nandos and Cost Coffee are leading the way in the eradication of their single-use, plastic straws.

Certain Supermarkets are also taking action to reduce plastic packaging on their products by creating plastic-free aisles so consumers can buy products loosely, or bring their own containers.

The UK has also banned products containing microbeads within the last year.

What Effort is Tenura Making?

new-tenura-cardboard-retail-packsHere at Tenura we are making the move from plastic to cardboard packaging, starting with our jar and bottle openers. By 2020, the entire Tenura range will be packaged in cardboard retail boxes.

Cardboard is a very durable material, which allows products to withstand long transportation times. It prevents moisture from accessing goods within the packaging and prevents them from becoming damaged.

Cardboard is biodegradable and recyclable, with it also being more easily and widely recycled than any other material. With it being a lighter packaging, this would also reduce the emissions used when transporting.

For more specific information on our new cardboard packaging, or to place an order, you can contact the Tenura sales team via phone. Alternatively complete our contact us form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Rubber Bath Toys A Haven for Bacteria

rubber-duck-in-bathSwiss 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.

How Phthalates are Used in Everyday Objects

bank-notes

A lot of media attention has focused on the new British plastic £5 banknote containing animal fats. The use of animal fats is controversial for envi­ron­men­talists, 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 are 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, phthalate plasticisers. Phthalates soften plastic, making it malleable. Without phthalates, plastic would be harder and brittle.  What is interesting is that the British polymer banknote manufacturer took a safe approach, animal-derived and palm oil additives are only in trace amounts. They used a safe phthalate, not something harsh like DEHP, DINP, DIDP etc.

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The Bank of England has estimated that the anticipated volume of £20 banknotes would require by-products from 25-30 cattle. If you would like to find out more information regarding the use of palm oil and animal derivatives in UK banknotes, The Bank of England has produced an informative brochure.

For our environmentally conscious readers, it is also worth highlighting:

  • The new £5 banknote lasts 2.5% longer than their paper predecessors
  • Polymer banknotes have a 16% lower carbon footprint and can be recycled
  • Polymer banknotes are also three times more hygienic

Tenura takes a strict approach to plasticisers; we believe that objects which are handled regularly should not contain them. Unlike other companies that offer PVC materials laden with phthalates (DEHP, DINP, etc), Tenura takes a different approach. Heavily plasticised PVC materials were developed in the 1960s and viewed as the future product; cheap to produce, easy to mould and possess an initial level of tack.

From the 1980s onwards, research soon highlighted high-level health risks, so much so that a PVC phthalate ban is in place for use in hot food containers, children’s toys, and objects that are likely to enter a child’s mouth, for instance, a milk bottle. The EU, the US Federal Government, and especially the states of California and Oregon have progressively legislated against the use of phthalates.­  When we created the Tenura range of daily living aids, non-slip bottle & jar openers, non-slip placemats, and cup holders, we wanted to use modern, safe, envi­ron­men­tally-friendly materials. Silicone is a green material that produces products with similar qualities without the use of any phthalates.

For more information, you can contact Tenura by phone or by filling out the contact us form on the website.

Tenura at Rehacare 2016!

 

Rehacare has come around once again!

Tenura is very excited to be attending again and cannot wait to show the new variations we have developed from our product range. Come and see Tenura at Booth 3/ A70/I.

Held in Dusseldorf, Germany, Rehacare brings many companies and professionals together who have many years experience in the mobility and rehabilitation industry, making it a perfect place to exhibit at for all whose businesses and lives are centralised around rehabilitation and assisted living. This year, Tenura will be bringing a whole new variation of daily living aids to showcase and show to friends, colleagues and the general public. We look forward to hear your opinions on these changes to our range, as well as introducing the long standing products to new faces.

Tenura greatly enjoys attending the Rehacare exhibition as it helps us to reach out to many of the companies and people in this community, answering any questions they may have. It’s great for forming strong friendships, business opportunities, and of course meeting up with old friends. We see new innovations constantly being developed in this ever active industry.

The Rehacare exhibition located at Messe Düsseldorf, Germany and will be running from 28th September – 1st October 2016. Please visit us at Tenura - Booth 3/ A70/I.

Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and of course the Tenura blog for updates on how the expo is going and everything Tenura gets up to!

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AT-AAC Conference

The AT-AAC  conference is upon us!

The AT-AAC conference is a two day event between the 1st and 2nd of September where the leading experts and users of assistive technologies and communication methods come together to share their knowledge and experiences with you. This conference is held in high regard and can be very useful for those seeking advice or help in daily tasks which may be made harder by physical impairments or diseases, making this a great opportunity for businesses and people alike to reach out and make connections, or learn about the new and innovative technologies constantly being developed to help those who are not able bodied. The conference starts at 9am on the 1st till 10pm, then 9am till 5pm on the 2nd.

Over the two days of this conference, there will be a 16 speakers from around the world, all experts and users of these assistive technologies and AAC will be sharing their knowledge and experience to help provide an insight into their daily lives, the technologies which may work for their conditions and many other topics designed to help and educate those attending. Although this Conference is located in Kršnjavoga 1, Zagreb, Croatia, there will be translations provided, meaning anyone can attend!

arthritis help bundleThroughout the AT-AAC conference, you will get the chance to try out and sample different aids for people with disabilities or impairments. The variety of products range from assistive technologies for computers , augmentative enhancements and alternative communication methods allowing those who attend to really get an understanding of the technology currently out there and any advancements that are currently being made. Along with the ability to sample technologies, various institutions and organisations from around Europe will be presenting their work with the disabled, and physically impaired.  At this conference you will be able to find many of Tenura’s materials and Daily Living Aids to give the general public “hands on” experience with the products and seeing the ways in which they can help during day to day tasks. Please let us know what you think of them, we love to hear some feedback from visitors!

 

blogFor any further questions or queries about the AT-AAC conference, please speak to Miroslav Vrankic, He is the managing director of E-Glas d.o.o. and will be speaking at the conference.

Tenura at Naidex 2016!

The long awaited Naidex Exhibition is upon us again, and we cannot wait for it to start!

The Naidex expo, Held at the NEC, Birmingham on the 26th-28th of April, is the UK’s largest disability, rehabilitation and homecare event with many different companies and people attending. This is always a great exhibition to attend, and we cannot wait to get setup.

This year, we will be exhibiting our range of daily living aids at the Naidex exhibition, to give out to the general public and share information about the brands! We at Tenura also love making new connections with exhibitors and attendees, to hear about the many interesting innovations this area often has. Tenura’s repre­sen­ta­tives, Chris and Stuart, will be at Stand – C20 throughout the exhibition, please don’t hesitate to drop by and say hello!

We have a feeling this years exhibition will be very useful and fun to attend! To keep up with us all the way, make sure to follow our social media on Facebook & Twitter. These will be regularly updated with photos of how the expo is going!

Tenura Christmas and New Year closing

Here it is once again folks. Christmas has come around to us once again! Time to sit down and relax for a while with good food and company, I know for a fact I’m looking forward to putting my feet up.

As with all holidays, Tenura will be closing down over Christmas and New Year, the dates are as follows:

 

December 23th: Cut off point for Tenura orders

December 24th: 8.30-3
December 25th: Closed
December 26th: Closed
December 27th: Closed
December 28th: Closed
December 29th: 8.30-12
December 30th: 8.30-12
January 1st: Closed
January 2nd: Closed
January 3rd: Closed
January 4th: Business resumes as normal

We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy new year from all of us at Tenura, and look forward to seeing you in the future!

Tenura at Rehacare 2015

Tenura is attending the Rehacare 2015 exhibition!

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We are looking forward to getting this exhibition underway and answering any and all questions the general public will have for us. Tenura can be found in Hall 3 at stand 03 A70/I!

Held in Dusseldorf, Germany, Rehacare brings together many companies and speakers who have many years’ experience in the rehabilitation and mobility market. This year, we will be bringing our range of daily living aids to show visitors how useful these items can be at everyday tasks that little bit easier.

Rehacare is one of the biggest international trade fairs for rehabilitation, prevention and inclusion and care products and services. Which is why were so excited to be here. This gives us a great chance to talk to the general public and answer any questions they may have, whilst also allowing us to form strong friendships and business opportunities.

For more information on how the expos going, follow us on the Tenura Facebook and Twitter ! We will be updating these throughout the expo letting you all know how we are getting on!