Helping Hands – Orbitkey Sanitiser Holder
In response to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, we utilised our design skills to do something good. At the height of the outbreak, where the potential risk of infection was all around us – we were advised to sanitise our hands often.
In the very short space of 4 weeks, we designed, manufactured and launched this Sanitiser Holder to help us all keep hand sanitiser close and easily accessible.
Whilst form isn\’t the highest priority, we knew that in order for us to make our social initiative successful, we needed to have a desirable and useful product, to begin with – and we are proud to have achieved this. In line with our design ethos at Orbitkey, we created not only a very useful product, but something that is also beautiful and made to the highest quality. We also made sure that the mechanism to hold the bottle is intuitive and easy to operate.
From the outset, our main objective was to use design for good. We designed the Sanitiser Holders to help us sanitise our hands more often, and reduce the chance of virus transmission. We also saw the potential of this product to create a positive impact in our community. This was when we came up with the “Orbitkey Helping Hands Initiative” – a project that involved us donating 500 units to Essential Workers during the lockdown. Furthermore, 100% of profits from this new product range would be donated to charities and organisations that are providing aid during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We knew that in order for us to make our social initiative successful, we needed to have a desirable and useful product to begin with – and we are proud to have achieved this.
In the first week of launching the Helping Hands Initiative Giveaway, we shipped out 649 units of Retractable Sanitiser Holders to essential workers in Australia, New Zealand and the USA.
Since launch until now, we\’ve raised more than $15,000 for COVID related initiatives. And, we know that this is only the beginning.
The time-sensitive element of this project really pushed us to think and operate outside of our comfort zone. We created new designs where they were needed, and carefully repurposed existing parts wherever possible. By utilising existing and third-party components effectively, we could focus our design efforts on the integral part of the design – which was the part of the Holder that interfaces with the bottle.
Our efforts resulted in an innovative product brought to market, in a short turnaround, and at a very accessible price.
The Sanitiser Holder features a flexible, yet secure design, which can be attached to most pocket-sized sanitiser bottles on the market. It also includes a 45ml bottle for any users who cannot access small, pocket-sized sanitiser bottles.
All three designs (Clip, Lanyard, and Retractor) share the same integral part (leather + elastic loop) to shorten design development time, and to increase efficiency in manufacturing.
By including an extended lip at the base of the leather tab, the Sanitiser Holder will always stay in the vertical position against the lid, and maintain a minimal silhouette during usage.