When Kirsten Chapman’s youngest son started playing with her keys, she looked for non-toxic options that didn’t contain dangerous amounts of lead. After unsuccessfully finding anything that satisfied her or her son, Chapman decided to launch Kleynimals, animal key toys made from the same non-toxic stainless steel used in sippy cups, water bottles, food storage containers, and the like. With the support of her parents and friends, Chapman got her business off the ground.
Designed for babies 6 months and older, Kleynimals (“clean-ih-mals”) come in sets of three characters: Eli the Elephant, Leo the Lion, and Gus the Giraffe. These safe animal “keys” do not contain lead, BPA, cadmium, or phtalates and have been certified to ASTM/CPSIA standards by a third party laboratory. Kleynimals are made in the USA, welded and polished by a friend of Chapman’s in Baltimore and assembled and washed by a local non-profit that employs developmentally disabled adults.