The product group covers toys that consist of plastic, foam, silicone, rubber, textile, fur, leather, metal, paper, cardboard, wood, bamboo, or wood-based boards. Electronic toys, disposable toys, balloons, toys with liquid parts (also encapsulated) and toys that are attached to or includes food cannot be certified with the Nordic Swan Ecolabel.
The materials included in the toys must comply with environmental and chemical requirements that are stricter than the EU Toys Directive. There are ban on using several substances and environmental requirements for the individual material types. At the same time, the requirements promote circular economy.
The requirements include:
- Documentation of compliance with the requirements of the EU Toys Directive.
- Environmental and health properties of the chemicals used in the materials and in the surface treatments.
- Prohibition on the use of substances that can cause cancer, damage genes, or damage our reproductive capacity, as well as bans on heavy metals, perfumes, nanoparticles, phthalates and bisphenol A, B, F, S and AF.
- Use of materials that meet a variety of requirements; among other things, cotton fibers must be organic or recycled, metal materials must contain a high proportion of recycled metal or metal made with lower climate footprints, plastics must be recyclable, and a high proportion of wood from certified sustainable managed forests.
- Design of packaging – and both quantity and type of material for the packaging.
- Compliance with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conventions.