Brand: YUYU. Designed and made in Sri Lanka.
Finalist in Gift of the Year Award 2014 (UK). Featured in Conde Nast Traveller, Elle Decoration, OK Magazine, Daily Mail, Financial Times and many more. Official Hot Water Bottle of Her Royal Highness Princess Reema Bandar Al Saud's World Renowned Women Only Spa in Riyadh.
YUYU covers are made from Wool that is Grade A Cashmere, sourced from Inner Mongolian Goats who roam free, these goats are not sheered but rather the wool is obtained through a natural combing process which collects the loose hairs of the goat- each providing only 100 grams of very rare fibre per year. The Wool is dyed using safe synthetic dyes and all manufacturers and suppliers are ethically responsible and hold a WRAP accreditation. The Natural Rubber is sourced from the finest rubber trees in Sri Lanka, the supplier is ISO certified, TUV certified and FSC accredited.
But rather than hear this from Cuckooland, here's the great Yuyu story as told by the Founder, Richard Yu: 'One very cold wintery November evening in 2010, I was sitting in my flat in South London, watching television with my girlfriend. We both had just bought 2 new hot water bottles. After filling them both up, we settled down to watch some telly. Initially I laid the bottle across my chest, but realised very quickly that my legs weren't getting any heat and were still freezing. So I moved the bottle to my legs, then my feet, then back to my chest. Up and down I went. It was like I was having a workout. I became so frustrated that I turned to my girlfriend and groaned - why don't they just make these things longer? It was our eureka moment!
I opened my laptop and researched like crazy. I learned all I could about the hot water bottle market. Did you know that hot water bottles have been in existence for 600 years? In the old days Victorians used to take coals from fires and place them into round or square containers to warm beds before sleep. But for 600 years there has been no innovation on the design. There is no brand that owns this space.
So I made a decision. I wanted to make the worlds first long hot water bottle. And of course I wanted to make the most beautiful bottle in the world. So where do I make this bottle? I was born in the beautiful paradise Island of Sri Lanka. And it just so happens that one of Sri Lanka 's biggest exports is rubber. I booked my flight and off I went. I met one of my best friends there, a very well connected friend who's the son of one of Sri Lanka's largest corporations. He introduced me to the CEO of the biggest rubber factory on the island and we started work on YUYU. Our focus was on getting the shape and formula just right.
There were two very important questions we wanted to ensure:
1. The new shape/size can be filled with just one kettle of water.
2. The bottle had to stay hot for as long as traditional shaped hot water bottles. After what seemed like an agonising wait, we got it right and were able to make claim to both.
We hope you love the product as much as we do.'