Since When is Formaldehyde Not Toxic!??

Posted on February 24, 2007 by Soft Star Elves There have been 1 comment(s)

Healthy feet are our passion at Soft Star - and one of the ways that is manifested is on our insistence of sourcing only formaldehyde-free leather. As this is no easy task and something unique about our shoes, I was surprised the other day to run across a claim of a major soft-shoe competitor's website that their shoes are made using non-toxic leathers.

Further inquiry with their customer service revealed that their definition of "non-toxic" included leather processed with formaldehyde. Their claim is that the levels of formaldehyde in the leather are within "safe standards". The problem is -there is no safety standard for formaldehyde use in children's footwear. Also, the environmental impact of processing with formaldehyde is severe enough that even the U.S. outlawed it years ago. Not only does formaldehyde smell horrible - it can cause contact dermatitis, be absorbed trans-dermally and is a major environmental contaminant of tanneries that use this process. Personally, I would not want my child putting leather in their mouth that has formaldehyde residue in it. 99.8% of the shoes sold in the United States today are imported from countries which unfortunately have little or no regulation around the safety and environmental guidelines on leather production or usage. If you are not sure about a shoe brand, ask their customer service if the leather in the shoe is processed using formaldehyde. Many major brands that comply with the British and US safety standard BS 5665:EN71 still use formaldehyde, including Robeez, Bobux and Pediped, to name a few.


This post was posted in Foot Health, In the Workshop and was tagged with formaldehyde, leather, local manufacturing, workshop

1 Response to Since When is Formaldehyde Not Toxic!??

  • Anonymous says:

    Have had my children in these wonderful moccasins for years and glad for yet another reason to have my chidlren in softstars. I had never considered there being formaldehyde in shoes. The nerve of some companies! So glad for our favorite soft star mocs!

    Posted on February 24, 2007 at 8:18 AM

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