Koninklijke Utermöhlen in Wolvega is collaborating with the Nederlands Schweitzer Fonds to create plasters in six different skin tones.
Omrop Fryslân reports that the initiative is the first of its kind in the Netherlands. “Not everyone has the same skin tone, and we think that everyone should have more options”, according to NASF.
According to the Algemeen Dagblad, the plasters come in packs of 24 and are available at pharmacies and travel stores like Etos, Trekpleister and DA for 3.99. The product, which is manufactured as part of the HeltiQ brand, features the NASF label “The Bigger Picture” (“Het Grotere Verband”, a play on the Dutch word for bandages).
NASF’s role in the project is ensuring that at least one euro from each package sold will go toward small-scale health projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. Koninklijke Utermöhlen, the company producing the plasters, is a manufacturer of wound care products based in the Frisian city of Wolvega.
The plasters may be unique in the Netherlands, but they are no world premiere: American-brand Tru-Colour Bandages has produced band aids in various skin tones since 2014.
Photo source: NASF