A Victoria company has designed a tool to help combat the spread of COVID-19: a key.
Shape Design, a Victoria-based furniture design firm, launched their ‘social distance’-inspired product on April 21. Made from acrylic, the key has curves and edges that help open handles and doors, pick up bags and press buttons. The design includes a keychain hole for easy access. It’s about twice as long as an average key.
The key not only helps residents avoid touching items outdoors, but helps the local businesses they may visit. Fifty per cent of the profit from each key sold will be used to buy gift cards at local businesses.
With every key purchased, customers can vote for one business they want to support up until Aug. 31.
For every $2,500 raised, Shape Design will randomly select five businesses from those nominated, and gift cards worth $500 each will be bought. The cards will then be handed out to frontline workers who need them most.
In order to qualify, businesses must be located on Vancouver Island or the Gulf Islands, have a physical location, and be operating and able to provide gift cards. Notably, no home-based businesses can qualify.
Each key costs $12 before shipping.