We are absolutely thrilled to announce that we have just been awarded GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) accreditation.
This is a really big deal for us as we are the first ever natural rubber toy company to achieve this feat. Once more, you can be safe in the knowledge that your baby will be playing with safe, eco friendly toys when using Tikiri Toys.
What is GOLS?
GOLS is essentially the organic certification for latex which is the type of rubber we use in all our bath and teething toys. If you are interested in knowing more about where our rubber comes from see our rubber blog here. It is the equivalent to the more well known GOT's (global organic textile standard) certifications for fabrics.
GOLS set the standards for where natural rubber is sourced from and also its onward manufacture. To become GOLS accredited products must meet the following criteria:
- Be made of more than 95% certified organic raw material.
- Not exceed the allowed limits for emission testing, polymer and filler percentages and harmful substances.
- Meet the standards set for rubber plantations processing units and the retailer.
GOLS make sure they can trace any latex used by a brand by using transaction certificates which are produced at every stage in the supply chain including the plantation, manufacturer and end retailer.
The other very important thing GOLS do is perform yearly audits of any brand who has achieved their accreditation. This is to make sure that brands remain compliant once they have achieved the status. The Control Union https://certifications.controlunion.com/en is the body which covers the certifications for everything organic and are responsible for ensuring brands remain up to standards.
Tikiri proudly receiving their GOLS certificate
Why is GOLS so Important for Tikiri and Parents?
Here at Tikiri Toys we want to lead the way in natural organic rubber baby toys. We want to make sure that our toys are the safest, most eco-friendly, organic and also appealing toys out there on the market.
GOLs provides transparency and traceability from plantation to retailer and also includes the manufacturer with their certification. To be GOLS accredited we have to follow obligatory social and environmental rules and regulations.
Other than relying on you as our valued objective customers and/or readers spreading the word on the internet and social media, we have to demonstrate why our products are so good. The best way to show this objectively is to put all our toys and manufacturing methods to the test to really prove how much we care. This is why we enter competitions, such as the moms choice awards, to try and showcase we are the best.
It takes a lot of effort and funds to enter awards and apply for certification so we wouldn't be doing it unless we were really confident in our products. By having accreditation and awards we can demonstrate to you that we are market leaders in baby teething and bath toys.
The other great thing about Tikiri having GOLS accreditation is that parents can have peace of mind that the toys they are giving to their babies are safe and that they are doing their bit for sustainable shopping and making sure the things they are buying are eco friendly.
This is so important in todays world where we all need to try and take steps to protect our planet for future generations.