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Question from Mathew


Does pu leather pose the same risks as PU foam? Is PET (PE) foam generally safer than PU foam? I work at a preschool where all the mats are 100% Polyurethane foam. I want to find safe and viable alternatives. I’ve just started learning about the unsafe nature of these materials. And am looking to phase them out of my home and work surroundings as much as possible.


Lisa’s Answer


Pu leather is generally safer than PU foam.  You can read more about it here.  PE foam is generally safer than PU foam but either can have chemical additives so it’s hard to compare on product to another.

Avoiding foam in general is a good idea unless it is certified organic natural latex.  I understand why preschools would want to have a cushioned mat for additional safety.  The safest synthetic foam play mat I have found is Cream Haus.

It is free of some the most harmful chemicals such as PVC, EVA, TPA, BPA, Lead, Phthalate, Fire Retardants, Formamide, and Formaldehyde and it is OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified which tells you that there is an additional standard that the mats need to meet.


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