Not many years ago, it was simply assumed by consumers that products available for purchase were safe to use for their intended purpose. Children's products have had to meet physical requirements as well as small parts warnings for many years, but it wasn't until the lead paint scare from imported Chinese products in 2007 that people realized that just because a children's product was on the shelf, that didn't automatically make it "safe".
Because of this, the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) began working on rules that would govern not just the physical design of a product, but also its chemical content, labeling, product tracking information, etc. for all children's products, whether imported or domestically produced. This became known as the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). Most rules from this have been enacted over the last few years, and some are still being amended and adopted as of 2011.
In response to these CPSIA rules, Wild Zoo immediately contacted London based Intertek Group Plc. to perform the required testing. Intertek has over 1000 testing labs in 100 countries, and they were able to quickly and completely test the raw materials that we use in every desk, the hardware used to assemble them, as well as all of the packaging used in shipping. Not surprisingly, the results confirmed that Wild Zoo products are free of harmful lead and other restricted chemicals.
In addition to our products passing all CPSIA guidelines, our shipping packaging also passed Toxins in Packaging Clearing House (TCPH) certification for landfill emissions and groundwater protection. The goal of the TCPH is to phase out the use of mercury, lead, cadmium and hexavalent chromium in packaging.
Because of this, you can be assured that when you purchase Wild Zoo products you are getting a product that complies with all applicable laws for its intended use and is safer for the environment.