We started packing yesterday with my teenage daughter and grandma helping. It’s all hands on deck as we’ve 3600 boxes! In a separate room with everything cleaned down and hairnets, masks and gloves on.

We made some progress yesterday but lots still to do. Grandma confessed that she’d gone to the park to walk the dog afterwards and forgotten to take off her bright blue, food safety hairnet. Apparently she only realised because the dog kept looking at her with a confused expression. We had a good chuckle about it.

So here they are. It’s difficult to see in a photograph in artificial light but they are lovely and shiny and bright. The manufacturer actually makes party gift boxes so I think this has been challenging for them. I need to say a very big thank you.

As you know, I designed the boxes and wanted them to be colourful, bright and contemporary. My friend Lucy came up with the men and women icons (they are one of my favourite design elements) I did a degree in Graphic Design working as an Art Editor in magazine publishing for nearly eighteen years. I was a little rusty to start with but I’ve really enjoyed getting back to the design work on this project. I’d forgotten how much I enjoy it. 

Each box measures 12 x 9 x 2cm and has a sanitising wipe, a pair of gloves, toilet tissue and a toilet seat cover inside. The idea is that you have everything you need to feel safe with you when you go into any toilet. As I mentioned, I have a bit of a phobia about public loos, especially portaloos. This has definitely been compounded by Covid, my experiences in hospital and the infection in my hand. So for me, It’s not just a practical issue – it’s also for my peace of mind. I want to feel confident that wherever I go, no matter how vile the toilet, I am equipped to deal with it. Hence the Privvi tagline: #staysafeandgo

Published by AnnaH

My name's Anna and I decided to write a blog following an accident last year. I will never regain the full use of my right hand and an operation led to additional, ongoing complications. This is about my struggles following the accident and the challenges of trying to save the use I still have in my hand. It’s a story about my product and why it appeared in my head one day because of my traumatic experiences. How I took that positive vision and worked towards bringing it to life. The challenges of putting it together and getting it to the market whilst still undergoing debilitating, ongoing treatment. It's a journey you can share with me. I'm not there yet...

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