UPDATES ON MAY 5th, 2011:
As of today we have become aware of a new concern around foam mat manufacturers and this leads us to personally believe that ALL EVA FOAM MATS are not to be trusted as healthy products. We would personally not have them in our homes because there just are not enough regulations. A foam mat can be riddled with formamide and a manufacturer and retailer can hide behind the claim that their product meets all safety regulations.
The following post contains information that we have been gathering for months, the following info suggests 2 companies may have undetectable levels of formamide present, but again, as of today we personally would not use eva foam mats in our homes. You must weigh your own concerns.
The manufacturers of EDUSHAPE EDUTILES Foam Mats has requested we immediately remove their lab results from our site. We feel that this information should be easily accessible to all parents and that hiding this information is not right.
Because they want us to remove their lab results immediately, it gives us a very unsettling feeling about these mats. As a parent, how does it make you feel to know that you do not have legal access to these lab results?
LATEST UPDATES ON FEBRUARY 10, 2011:
- TEST RESULTS: All test results are on the bottom of this post.
- EDUSHAPE EDUTILES: We got some additional test results in on formamide. No formamide has been detected on their mats. See results on bottom of this post.
- TADPOLES PLAYMATS: We had an expert look at the lab results and he said that their report does not mention formamide and that they only did a SGS screening, not testing. We ask company for additional test results and if they could clarify the report for us.
- SOFT TILES: They contacted us after they saw our posts to assure us that their foam puzzle mats are formamide free. We added them to our chart and test results can be viewed on the bottom of this post. The formamide level is at a very low level, at 10mg/kg.
- 1 # QUESTION FROM OUR READERS: Are only NEW foam mats toxic, how about older mats? The Belgian journal did notice, that the concentration of all substances in the air did decrease dramatically over a period of 14 days. All these substances are volatile, they leave the material over time and go into the air. They are then decomposed over time in the air due to UV rays. However, there is no information about how the concentration is changing in the material itself over time.
- BATH FOAM TOYS BY ALEX TOYS AND SASSY: We contacted Alex Toys and Sassy several times but have not heard back from them.
We’ll keep you posted about any new updates on Formamide!
Finding out the truth regarding which play foam mats are truly formamide free has been a journey! We want the truth, LAB RESULTS, and we are not taking our babies (and your babies!) health for granted by accepting petty claims, to ultimately sell a product, as justifying truth that it is safe.
Listen people, it is so sad to say, but it is the straight up truth: You can not trust a company’s claims that they are selling you a safe product unless they can provide you with the proven truth! As a parent we deserve to see lab results proving any claims that a product is free from chemicals they claim are not present in the products we surround our children with. Honesty is a quality of integrity and we suggest only supporting those companies that are trustworthy!
We have been torn over this subject for a few reasons. First, companies have given us the weakest excuses for not proving factual truth behind their formamide free claims. Excuses like, “This information is only given to our retailers.” And more fishy final comments like, ” Due to proprietorship, we are unable to provide you with the lab results.” (Find out which manufacturers are beating around the bush in our graph below).
Second, we have seen blog posts out there that state certain companies are formamide free, but they are NOT offering the lab results to prove these claims. This is baffling because, as you will see in our detailed report below, only 3 out of 11 companies were actually able to prove their formamine free claims to us!!!! As a concerned parent, this is disturbing. We have the actual lab results for you today. We have the proof that is worth trusting in.
Finally, (unfortunately but not surprising) there are NO formal government standards in the United States regarding formamide. So, if a company tells you “our products conform or exceed current CPSC and ASTM standards,” then you can just laugh out loud and not be taken a fool by them. Our government won’t take in their hands the safety of our children, but we will. Please share this information with all of your friend!
We’re on a mission to make Play Mats safe!! Because they can be.
Foam Puzzle Mats Banned In France
Plenty of concerned comments came in after we posted Foam Puzzle Mat Immediate Removal In France Due to Toxic Formamide and More News On Foam Puzzle Mats And Reproductive Carcinogens.
As we already mentioned in our previous post, Europe has taken drastic action regarding Formamide: The formamide is also one of the substances known as “CMR (carcinogenic and / or mutagenic or toxic to reproduction) for the European Union, as a reproductive toxicant. The use of CMR substances in toys will be prohibited in all countries of the European Union from July 2013 under a directive came into force in summer 2009.
We contacted the main manufacturers of foam mats in the US about Formamide and requested test results to proof that they are indeed free of formamide. Below are our findings!
Formamide Free Foam and Play Mats With Lab Results
Who is telling the truth about their formamide free play mat claims and who is stretching the truth (or just dragging their feet)? This is the only report that is graphing the proof!
PLEASE VIEW THE FULL FORMAMIDE CHART OF MANUFACTURERS BELOW BY CLICKING ON FULL VIEW!!!
As a ‘thank you’ for getting this chart to you, please LIKE us on Facebook and tell your friends to join us too. We appreciate your support and if we bridge our voices, awareness will expand and change will happen for the better.
Formamide Test Reports from Edutiles, Tadpoles and SoftTiles
Edutiles Test Report
Edushape asked us to immediately remove the test reports! Below is their letter:
“We are the distributor of the product and not the manufacturer; as such we did not test those mats ourselves, and are not the rightful owner of those reports- neither is your website. The manufacturer is demanding to remove those reports off your site and request your immediate compliance.
Please see this as our official request to remove your test report off your site. We do state that our foam mats comply with all ASTM, CPSIA guidelines and assure the safety of those products to your customers.” – Edushape