sdc100 wrote:Does anyone know if there is BPA in these tiles? We plan to have an infant crawling on these and don't want BPA leeching on her skin.
An additional consideration is whether these mats contain Formamide, flame re-tardant(*), or PVC, among a host of other questions.
Formamide is a reprotoxic plasticizer used to soften foam and plastics - it was the subject of an EVA foam ban by Belgium and France a few years back.
Flame re-tardant(*)s are concerning because chlorinated and brominated flame re-tardant(*)s accumulate in the body. For example, one type, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), have been linked to nervous system and reproductive system damage, as well as thyroid impairment.
PVC (vinyls) contain Phthalates, which are endocrine disruptors.
BPA is a great question - but it's simply one of the better known questions. This is a petroleum-based product with plasticizers, colorizers, stabilizers, and probably a lot more "izers".
Is it safe? Even assuming you had full third-party, independent, certified data sheets and test results, I'm not sure that question is answerable.
I bought a pair of natural rubber yoga mats for my son. I figure if it's biodegradable, natural rubber, the odds might be just a smidge more in my favor.
I doubt it will account for all the things I'm not getting right, but at least I get just a moment of smug self-satisfaction out of it, while I feed him an antibiotic-tainted cheeseburger with a side of GMO French fries and some RBST-laden milk....
(*yes, I know it's not hyphenated, but if I don't hyphenate it and add extra chars, Woot replaces the entire word with "numa numaants", which is rather surprising and rather unhelpful)