These ethically-made key fobs & chains offer an alternative to ones made from leather and plastic. Leather is usually not a by-product of the meat industry, and whichever way it is made, causes animals to suffer. And plastic when littered can cause harm (key fobs are just the right size to fall down storm drains, and go into the sea, where they never biodegrade and could be eaten by marine wildlife).
- Watson & Wolfe Keychain Wallet (also sold at WEARTH London) features a compact trifold design, 9 card pockets, 1 pocket for notes, and an eyelet for attaching a key/belt chain (not included). Although vegan leather is not biodegradable, it’s less polluting than leather, and Mirum is an up-and-coming plant-based leather that is made from plants and minerals.
- Corkor Key Chains (Portugal) are made by a small family company. Cork does not require trees to be felled (in a world of plastic wine corks, the industry keeps forests intact). Unlike leather, this won’t crack or crumble and is naturally repellent to water, scratches and stains. Just soap and water does the trick – in a long or circular design, will last for years.
- Paguro keys are made from recycled skateboards and bike chains
Where To Donate or Recycle Keys
There are likely millions of pairs of unused keys throughout England. You can just recycle unwanted ones at the used metal banks. But it’s better to donate them to local charities, that can sell the scrap metal: