Definitions

Volatile organic compounds (VOC)

These substances are referred to as volatile because they are released from solids in gaseous form at normal room temperature and collect in the room air. This is caused by solvents from adhesives, as well as residue from latex production.

Pesticides

Furthermore, residual pesticides in natural fibers originate from the production of cotton, linen, wool and silk.

Health-damaging heavy metals

Substances such as cadmium, mercury or lead may occur in colored or color printed cover fabrics.

Pentachlorophenol (PCP)

used as a preservative against molds and is prohibited in Germany. In the case of imported products, the QUL demands much more stringent limit values than those which are allowed by lawmakers.

Nitrosamines

may form in the vulcanization of latex. individual representatives are regarded as carcinogenic. The QUL orients itself to the limit values which the Bundesamt für Verbraucherschutz (BGW – Federal Authority for Consumer Protection) has determined for baby soothers.