An important question that we are asked all the time is whether harmful chemicals are used to treat the sheepskin and if they are safe for baby. All of our sheepskin products are baby safe however different companies (and the countries they are from) adhere to different regulations.
What is the OEKO-TEX standard 100 Test?
The standard which is most widely recognised is the OEKO-TEX standard 100 test - click on the link for the full technical information but put simply it means they are certified free of any harmful chemicals and pesticides. All of the Fellhof lambskins from Austria and both Kaiser and Heitmann Felle sheepskin from Germany carry this certification.
What chemicals do Bowron use on their sheepskin?
Bowron sheepskins are one of our best sellers - popular with parents as they are both good value and high quality. They are crafted from New Zealand sheepskin and have their own sanitization process. More detailed information about this process can be found here. This process is approved for use under the OEKO-TEX standard 100. It is worth considering however that some parents view this sanitization as an additional use of chemicals (even though they are babysafe and approved) and therefore make a different choice.Have the Baa Baby sheepskin liners been treated with harmful chemicals?
Baa Baby Sheepskin rugs and liners from New Zealand have the Eco-Tan™ certification, are free from harmful chemicals and use a vegetable tanning process which reduces the impact on the environment.
The most important factor in choosing the right sheepskin is ensuring that it is baby safe - sometimes referred to as medical grade. All of our lambskins have this feature and there is no use of Naphthalene (the strong chemical smell that is similar to mothballs) in the processes.