Safety and Construction

Your family's safety is of paramount importance to us.

Squishy foam mats or those large colourful floor puzzles can seem like a great way to keep your baby comfortable during tummy time or cushion your clumsy toddler's falls. As useful as these play mats are, it is important to choose the right material before buying.

Some mats are made of substances that can harm your baby's health, and manufacturers are often not transparent about what is in their "foam" products.

For many parents, play mats are typically large 600x600mm multi-coloured Jigsaw pieces that you have to assemble together as/when needed. Having to continuously fold & unfold, assemble & dismantle a child’s play mat to use it or to have to put it away is definitely NOT a practical solution.

Let’s face it, who wants a giant, multi-coloured foam jigsaw as a permanent fixture on their living room floor?! But worse than that, these low cost tiles are typically made from toxic foam materials.

The safety of products manufactured for use by children is particularly important, since children are especially vulnerable to toxic exposures, especially in the first couple of years where items aren’t just touched but tasted!

When we first started on this journey we had a specific idea of what we wanted from a floor covering:

1. There had to be sufficient protection against bumps and falls on hardwood floors. Otherwise, it would be easy enough to throw an organic cotton blanket on the floor and call it a day.

2. The mat had to be large enough for a baby/toddler to actually play on.

3. The mat had to be non-toxic and eco-friendly.

4. Had to pass our ‘practicality’ tests:
- Easy to clean and maintain
- Wasn’t a trip hazard / didn’t slide under foot
- Aged well and was robust enough for everyday family life
- No need to assemble / disassemble when needed

5. Offered an ‘adult’ interior design option on one side.

6. Offered an educational / early learning / interactive play design on the other side.

Unattractive

No Padding

Too Small

Is it Toxic?

The safety of products manufactured for use by children is particularly important, since children are especially vulnerable to toxic exposures, especially in the first couple of years where items aren’t just touched but tasted!

We searched, we researched, we tested in the labs and we tested in family homes. Options from India, Scandinavia, China, South Korea and the USA.

What was clear was the sheer volume of options for consideration, many options on the market were simply branded mats from the same manufacturers. Many unfortunately failed to meet even the basic principles behind child safety while others failed to meet the requirements for our practicality tests…some even turning yellow after 2 months!

After 6 months of testing it was clear we had a winner…unanimously voted as the favourite by all the families that had been kind enough to test multiple mats in their homes over the period AND which satisfied our strict certification requirements centric to safety and toxicity. The foam material wasn’t classified as EPA, EVA, PE, XPE or TPU…it was actually ecoPVC! Surprised? We were.

Firstly, let’s all agree that standard ‘PVC’ as we all know it, fails on pretty much every level of toxicity test and is definitely not eco-friendly.

But we aren’t talking about a standard form of PVC here. We’re talking about medical grade…safe enough to be placed (and left) inside our bodies…used by surgeons across the world. So let’s take a closer look at this ecoPVC to understand more about it’s composition without getting too scientific:

PVC is rigid and to make it have elasticity or be malleable, manufacturers need to use some chemicals classified as ‘Plasticizers’. In most instances these plasticizers are made up from toxic chemicals containing ‘Phthalates’ and some ‘Phthalates’ have even been singled out (such as BPA) because of the concern to public health.

One of the primary points of difference concerning medical grade PVC is based on the types of Plasticizers used…or not used. Manufacturing processes concentrate on the use of biological Plasticizers that are free from any toxic Phthalates. 

Additionally, the method of construction is equally just as important…or putting it another way, how they use these Plasticizers. 

In our case, these are Patented protected methods for using nontoxic plasticizing alternatives to Phthalates, and the process for making them. This is without doubt a game-changer concerning plastic toxicity.

We take testing very seriously and we were horrified at some of the test reports we reviewed from unknown testing labs from places like China.

We only use internationally accredited testing and certification companies and we advise you to ensure any certifications/test reports you review are from renowned organisations such as SGS, Intertek or TUV.

We are proud of the level of certifications and test reports we are able to offer you for your peace of mind, all produced by SGS, “the worlds leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company…recognised as the global benchmark for quality and integrity.”

And NO, manufacturing does not take place in China! Manufacturing takes place in South Korea, currently one of the leading countries in the innovation and production of this unique new material.

Full transparency for total reassurance.

Here is the summary of the SGS reports which substantiate the claims we can legally make about the mats, if you wish to review them please click on the links provided in the summary below:

TEST DESCRIPTION TEST REQUESTED RESULT
EN71 European Product Safety Standard that applies to ALL toys sold:
Part 1: Mechanical & Physical Properties
Safety for children of all ages
0-7yrs +
PASS
EN71 European Product Safety Standard that applies to ALL toys sold:
Part 2: Flame Retardness
Safety for children of all ages
0-7yrs +
PASS
EN71 European Product Safety Standard that applies to ALL toys sold:
Part 3: Migration of Certain Elements
Free from Mercury or Lead NOT DETECTED
EN71 European Product Safety Standard that applies to ALL toys sold:
Part 9: Organic Chemical Compounds
Free from Formaldehyde
NOT DETECTED
EN71 European Product Safety Standard that applies to ALL toys sold:
Part 9: Organic Chemical Compounds
Free from BPA NOT DETECTED
FORMAMIDE
Test for Formamide Detection Test NOT DETECTED
REACH
PHTHALATES Detection for all Plasticized Materials
NOT DETECTED
REACH
PHTHALATES For Toys or Child based Articles that can be placed in the mouth NOT DETECTED
SVHC
Substances of Very High Concern 209 Substances tested against by the European Chemicals Agency PASS
ANTIMICROBIAL Bacterial Resistance Escherichia Coli
Staphylococcus Aureus
EFFECTIVE
LATEX Material NOT DETECTED
EVA Material NOT DETECTED