MONKEE TREE STORY
Monkee Tree was developed in 2016 by James and Jennie Powell, the founders and owners of Monkee Tree. It all came about when we needed to install a cat door in a window for our cat Smudge, but there were no ground level windows. So a cat ladder was needed and after looking around for an off the shelf solution we realised nothing was available to purchase. This was despite there being images of hundreds of home made cat ladders on line.
As a result James, a mechanical engineer, developed some ideas for a modular ladder and worked with Globex Engineering to take Monkee Tree into production. Numerous prototypes were produced and tested to achieve the durable design available today. Smudge played an active role testing the prototypes!
Different branch sizes and textures on the branches were tested. A folding branch feature, when overloaded, is an important safety and security feature. Monkee Trees have been load tested in a laboratory to ensure they withstand expected loads.
When we developed Monkee Tree we were conscious of producing a durable product, that could be adapted to suit multiple locations. We decided to manufacture locally in New Zealand where we could control quality to a high standard. We were also conscious of the products environmental impact. For this reason Monkee Tree is made from recyclable materials which can easily be separated for recycling at the end of its life. So nothing is glued together to make recycling difficult and all parts have material recycling markings. Where possible we use simple unbleached cardboard and paper packaging (no bubble wrap or polystyrene!).