Portland, Maine, April 27, 2020: Zootility, a Portland, Maine based design-driven manufacturing company, has shifted its operations to start producing a novel keychain door handle opener, called Careful Key. Careful Key helps prevent the spread of coronavirus in public spaces. This multitool can be used, instead of one’s hands, to touch common surfaces: door handles, keypads, touchscreens, and more.
Surface contamination in public spaces has been found to be significant in the spread of many viral infections. Touching surfaces contaminated with virus and then touching one’s face can infect an individual with coronavirus. The concerns voiced by people for their safety while shopping for groceries and medications, filling gas, using ATMs, and national leaders urging everyone to do their part in helping to stop the spread of the virus, prompted Zootility to design Careful Key.
Careful Key Minima-95 contains 95% copper, a material that was reported in the New England Journal of Medicine to eradicate Novel Coronavirus within 4 hours. Prior studies by the NIH found that copper starts breaking down similar coronaviruses within 10 minutes. Careful Key needs to be sanitized whenever possible, but the copper content will also inactivate virus particles when that is not practical.
“As a manufacturer, we’ve been asked by different groups to find solutions to help flatten the curve,” says Nate Barr, Founder of Zootility. “Not touching common surfaces in the public places such as pharmacies, grocery stores, and gas stations has been very challenging to everyone. We specialize in laser cutting pocket-size multitools so the idea to design a multitool that would help slow down the spread of the virus during the pandemic came naturally to us. Acting like you already have the virus, assuming that every surface has the virus, and using a Careful Key instead of your hand where possible, will contribute with everyone doing their part to slow the spread of the virus. We designed Careful Key while keeping the safety and well-being of communities worldwide in mind during the pandemic.”
Zootility has shifted its operations to maintain a safe working environment for the employees by implementing all recommended social distancing and safety practices at the manufacturing facility. The company is currently raising funds to support the launch of Careful Key on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/zootility-health/careful-key-minima?ref=f1i37z.
Zootility manufactures functional everyday objects in eccentric forms using quality materials and laser cutters to slowly create one at a time. From product design to manufacturing, Zootility produces everything in-house at their 8,000 sq-ft shop in Portland, Maine. Hundreds of thousands of their incredibly thin multi-tools are in pockets across the US and beyond. For more information on Zootility, please visit www.zootility.com.