Will you help us make 50,000 pocket-sized bottles of FREE hand sanitizer for the elderly and homeless? We have already made 4000 bottles with the packaging and ingredients we had in stock. Now, with your help, we want to do even more. No elderly or homeless person should have to pay sky-high prices to sanitize their hands. We are giving everything away for free.
WHO ARE WE
Medik8 is an indie skincare brand developed and manufactured right here in the UK. You may not know this, but most cosmetic brands have other companies make products for them. Since we have our own labs and the company is ISO Certified, this means we have all the capability to manufacture ourselves in our football-pitch sized pristine facility.
HOW DID THIS PROJECT START
At the beginning of March, we could not get hand sanitizer anywhere despite our trade contacts. So we made our own for our staff. When a week later, the Prime Minister requested ventilators, we knew we had to act and use our capabilities to help people during this health crisis. And we decided we would switch all remaining manufacturing capacity to make this new sanitizer formula, and give it away for free to elderly, vulnerable and homeless people. Even the Hertfordshire Police and local NHS have asked because supplies are so short.
WHAT IS THE FORMULA
We have replicated an 'open-source' WHO formulation which is a fluid rather than a gel and contains 80% alcohol and moisturising actives. Obviously, any sanitizer is only as effective as the skin surface it touches. It is surprising how vigorous one must be to to ensure full hand coverage with a sanitizer. We think that for an elderly hand, full of crevices and wrinkles from many decades of living, our elders would benefit from a fluid version that is much more easy to apply and rub in. Aside from better coverage, this fluid formula dries much quicker than gels and isn't sticky.
READY TO SHIP
The first batch of 4,000 FREE sanitizers is made and now we have received the full safety assessment, we're delivering them this week.
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE ANOTHER 50,000
We want to produce 50,000 more free bottles which will cost approximately £40,000. We will pay half, and we hope to crowdfund the rest. (We are also looking for a corporate sponsor and if this comes in we will just make more.)
OVER TO YOU
Please comment consider making a donation as we will
WE'RE IN THIS TOGETHER
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Background blog post: https://www.medik8.com/blog/free-sanitizer
- Elaine Doran
- Natasha Steinborn-Busse
- Lois Geach
- Skin city
- Matthew Wiseman
Organizer and beneficiary
Elstree, East of England, United Kingdom