Dwinguler has been manufacturing one of the most dependable and safe play mats in the world. Now, you may ask why are these mats safer than the others in the market? For starters, Dwinguler play mats are made from an extremely high quality polyvinyl material that is free from a number of harmful chemicals and substances. This is particularly important when it comes to baby products, toys and play mats as they are primarily used by children, who are delicate and vulnerable to harm from poor quality and harmful materials used in the products they come in contact with.
Our play mats are reassuringly safe for kids. They are free from a whole bunch of toxic and harmful chemicals and substances. To better understand how safe our play mats really are, here are all the chemicals…and their risks…that our play mats are keeping kids safe from.
ANSES, the French agency commissioned to conduct a study about the potential health risks of formamide exposure from EVA foam mats revealed that formamide is classified as a reprotoxic substance. It adversely affects development in infants and affects reproductive health—sexual function and fertility—in adult males and females. The tests had only been conducted on rats, but data from rats that were exposed to formamide throughout their lifetimes suggested a potential carcinogenic effect (tumors). Adults are not as affected as children are.
We had done a post earlier on Formamide found in EVA foam mats. You can read that post here.
2. Harmful Heavy Metals such as Cadmium, Lead, Arsenic, Chromium, Selenium, Mercury, Arsenic and Antimony
Cadmium exposure results in kidney damage and in the formation of kidney stones. It also inflicts damage on the skeletal system, causing weak bones, fractures and osteoporosis even through low levels of exposure. When inhaled, it causes pulmonary damage. Additionally, it is carcinogenic (cancer-causing) at higher exposure levels. (Source: http://bmb.oxfordjournals.org/content/68/1/167.full)
Mercury can cause kidney and lung damage. Metallic mercury is an allergen that causes skin conditions. (Source: http://bmb.oxfordjournals.org/content/68/1/167.full)
In children, Lead may give rise to behavioural disturbances, and difficulty in learning and concentration. According to more recent research, long-term low-level lead exposure in children may also diminish intellectual capacity. In severe cases of lead encephalopathy, the affected person may suffer from acute psychosis, confusion and reduced consciousness. People who have been exposed to lead for a long time may suffer from memory deterioration, prolonged reaction time and reduced ability to understand. (Source: http://bmb.oxfordjournals.org/content/68/1/167.full)
Arsenic has been associated with mortality risks from lung, bladder and kidney cancer. Arsenic also poses an increased risk of skin cancer and other skin lesions, such as hyperkeratosis and pigmentation changes. (Source: http://bmb.oxfordjournals.org/content/68/1/167.full)
Chromium , when inhaled, can cause pulmonary irritation, which could be manifested in the form of asthma, chronic bronchitis, chronic irritation, chronic pharyngitis, chronic rhinitis, congestion and hyperemia, polyps of the upper respiratory tract, tracheobronchitis, and ulceration of the nasal mucosa with possible septal perforation. Excessive and prolonged inhalation increases the risk of lung, nasal, and sinus cancer. Chromium is bad news for the skin as well. Severe dermatitis and usually painless skin ulcers can result from contact with chromium compounds. Chromium allergic dermatitis is characterized by symptoms of dryness, erythema, fissuring, papules, scaling, small vesicles, and swelling. Internationally, DHHS, EPA, WHO, and IARC have all recognized chromium as a human carcinogen. Chroimium compounds can cause mild to severe liver abnormalities. Moreover, Chromium compounds can induce DNA damage, gene mutation, sister chromatid exchange, chromosomal aberrations in a number of targets, including animal cells in vivo and animal and human cells in vitro.(Source: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/csem/csem.asp?csem=10&po=10)
On a lighter note, an overdose of Selenium may cause bad breath! On a more serious note, it can cause fever, and nausea, as well as liver, kidney and heart problems. At high enough levels, selenium could cause death. (Source: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/lifestyle-guide-11/supplement-guide-selenium?page=2)
Consumption of very large amounts of Barium compounds can cause changes in heart rhythm or paralysis in humans. If medical attention is not sought after eating or drinking a very large amount of barium, death can occur. When consumed in somewhat smaller amounts, barium produces vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, difficulties in breathing, increased or decreased blood pressure, numbness around the face, and muscle weakness. (Source: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/PHS/PHS.asp?id=325&tid=57#bookmark06)
When exposed to relatively high levels of Antimony for a longer period of time, people can suffer from irritation of the eyes, skin and lungs. Prolonged exposure causes more serious health effects such as lung diseases, heart problems, diarrhea, severe vomiting and stomach ulcers. (Source: http://www.lenntech.com/periodic/elements/sb.htm)
3. Toxic Materials such as Formaldehyde and Toluene
Effects of Formaldehyde toxicity through inhalation include eye, nose, and throat irritation and effects on the nasal cavity. Exposure to high levels of formaldehyde can cause coughing, wheezing, chest pains, and bronchitis. It’s also potentially carcinogenic. (Source: http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/drywall/docs/whatyoushouldknowaboutformaldehyde.pdf)
Symptoms of Toluene exposure include irritation of the eyes and nose, weakness, exhaustion, confusion, euphoria, dizziness, headache; dilated pupils, lacrimation (discharge of tears), anxiety, muscle fatigue, insomnia, numbness or tingling of the skin and dermatitis. Additionally, Toluene exposure may cause liver and kidney damage as well. (Source: https://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/text_version/chemicals.php?id=30)
4. Phthalate Chemicals
Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible and harder to break. They are often called plasticizers. The entire range of effects of this chemical on human health are still being studied. What we do know is that a certain kind of a phthalate—Di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate —is listed as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen" in the Thirteenth Report on Carcinogens published by the National Toxicology Program. This means it is potentially cancer causing. Children can be exposed to phthalates by chewing on soft vinyl toys or other products made with them. Children can also be exposed by breathing household dust that contains phthalates. (Source: https://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/text_version/chemicals.php?id=24)
5. Endocrine Disruptors
‘Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that, at certain doses, can interfere with the endocrine (or hormone) system in mammals. These disruptions can cause cancerous tumours, birth defects, and other developmental disorders. Any system in the body controlled by hormones can be derailed by hormone disruptors.’ (Source: Wikipedia)
Thankfully, with Dwinguler Playmats, you don’t have to worry about all these risks as these chemicals are simply given the miss in our mats. Roll out a Dwinguler play mat and create a safe playing area for your little one in a minute.