Product Safety for Toys and other Products - Alder & Alouette
Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act
Alder & Alouette sells arts and crafts materials, as well as toys, games, and puzzles, in compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).
CPSIA addresses, among other things, lead, phthalates, toy safety, third-party testing and certification, imports and SaferProducts.gov. You may view a pdf of the law here and learn more about the law here.
Our arts and crafts materials are additionally Art + Creative Materials Institute Certified (ACMI) + AP certified as nontoxic.
Conformitè Europëenne (CE)
Our products also meet the European Union's CE requirements.
The Conformitè Europëenne (CE) Mark is defined as the European Union's (EU) mandatory conformity marking for regulating the goods sold within the European Economic Area (EEA) since 1985. The CE marking represents a manufacturer's declaration that products comply with the EU's New Approach Directives. You can find out more about this requirement here.
UKCA Marking – The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is the new UK conformity marking used for certain goods (including toys) being placed on the GB market, in place of the CE marking which is the conformity marking used in Northern Ireland and the European Union. You can read more about the UKCA marking here in sections 10 and 15.
Some products are certified organic. If they are certified by the USDA, you can read more about that here.
GOTS Certified Organic
If they are Global Organic Textile Standard certified (GOTS), this is an International Standard and you can read more about GOTS here, as well as look up and confirm certification numbers for individual products.
Many of our products are certified organic as part of the Bioland Standards. This is a German product only certification and includes some of the highest standards in the world. You can read more about the Bioland standards here.
Products that are not necessarily organic may carry an OEKO-TEX or OEKO-TEX 100 safety certification as proof of non-toxicity. You may be more likely to see this in items that were dyed with non-plant dyes in order to verify that the dyes are nontoxic and free of or within a safe range of elements and other contaminants.
You may also see this on non-organic textiles to verify that the textile is free of or within a safe range of certain chemicals or elements. You can read more about OEKO-TEX standards here. You can verify if an OEKO-TEX label is valid or not here.