people and planet
We've made conscious choices about our partners and materials
KYT is here to support the diabetes community – and we want to make sure it supports the planet and craftspeople behind it, too.
Take a look below to see how we've validated our partners and materials. We believe that better transparency will help people make more informed choices about their purchases – and hopefully inspire more companies to be transparent about their own production processes, too.
This is an ongoing journey, and we'll continue to refine and better our own processes moving forward.
Take a look at the good that's gone into KYT so far:
Leather Working Group Gold Rated leather
KYT is made from premium Italian bovine leather, chosen for its hard-wearing, long-lasting nature and premium feel. It's soft and supple, but strong and hardy – and will grow in character as you do. Leather is also a by-product of the food industry; reducing waste in one industry by being harnessed as a raw material in another. It will also last longer than synthetic materials, reducing replacements.
Our partners have recieved a Gold Rating from the Leather Working Group, meaning the leather in your KYT is produced through the most ethical and environmentally friendly means possible. This international certification is helping to drive positive social and environmental change for responsible leather production worldwide.
YKK zips have been chosen for their robustness and dependability, designed to last the life of your KYT.
As the world's largest zip manufacturer, YKK have established several goals in line with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), working towards increasing their sustainable production practices.
All paper and cardboard your KYT is delivered in is FSC® Certified – ensuring the forests they're sourced from are responsibly and sustainably managed. Caring for the plants and animals who inhabit it, and the workers and local communities who rely on them for their livelihood.
The vibrant blue of your KYT's packaging is printed with soy-based ink – an eco-friendly alternative to petroleum-based ink. Swapping the chemicals for soybeans, a renewable resource.
We've purposefully designed your KYT's packaging to have a life beyond delivery – by being a beautiful object you can keep at home to store your spare diabetes supplies in. On your bedside table; tucked away in a draw; even for storing insulin in the fridge. Adding some extra life to our packaging – and another way to Keep You Together.
Sedex SMETA Ethical Trade Audit
KYT is here to support the diabetes community – and we want to make sure we fairly support the craftspeople behind it, too.
We work with an ethical workroom based in Dongguan, China. Our production partners have been independently audited through the Sedex SMETA Ethical Trade Audit – the world's most widely used audit for ensuring ethical working conditions and enhancing environmental performance. Helping to validate that standards of labour, health and safety, environmental performance, and ethics reach our expectations – and helping to protect workers from unsafe conditions, overwork, discrimination, low pay and forced labour.
Sedex SMETA Ethical Trade Audit
Like our bag production partners, we want to ensure KYT fairly supports the artisans behind our packaging.
Our packaging production partners are based in Dongguan, China. Their workroom has been independently audited through the Sedex SMETA Ethical Trade Audit – the world's most widely used audit for ensuring ethical working conditions and enhancing environmental performance. Helping to validate that standards of labour, health and safety, environmental performance, and ethics reach our expectations – and helping to protect workers from unsafe conditions, overwork, discrimination, low pay and forced labour.