Since 2010 we have borne the PEFC seal, which proves that we use timber from sustainable forestry in German forests. The beech and birch wood used come from forests located in an area of 150 km around our site in Bad Rodach in Franconia. We also acquire the plywood, which we import from Finland and Russia, exclusively from controlled cultivation. We thus support the preservation of the ecological balance of the forests and make our contribution to improving the worldwide use of forests and sustainable woodlands management.
When we bring colour into play, we use only solvent-free, water-based stain. Therefore the toys can wander from hand to mouth at any time. Water-based stains and UV-hardened stain systems with almost 100% solids content are used for the surfaces of furniture.
We inspect our worldwide manufacturers according to strict criteria (working time, working conditions, amongst many others). They are, amongst others, certified under the code of the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI). All toys made from fabric are tested by the State Trade Institute [Landesgewerbeanstalt] (LGA) for harmful substances: Amongst others they are tested pursuant to the Directive on Azo Dyestuff (synthetic dyestuff) 76/769/EU and the 19th Amendment 2002/61 of the Directive.
For the fabric products of the Pure Nature series, for the outer material and threads we use high quality cotton from controlled organic cultivation [kontrolliert biologischem Anbau (kbA)]. All fabrics are manufactured according to the standards of GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard). This global standard for organic textiles and the processing of natural materials protects not only babies, but the environment as well.
Even in the use of plastics, we adhere strictly to Directive 2005/84 (restrictions on the marketing and use of certain dangerous substances and preparations). We test our plastic-based and artificial rubber-based products very stringently for diethyl phthalates according to the limits of this directive.