You might think CE marking Natural toys would be easy, perhaps because things like wood are in nature, or some things are edible/food safe. Unfortunately, like most things in the CE marking world, natural toys add an extra level of trickiness, usually because things just don’t get tested like plastics do, or they are deceiving on whether natural is safe.
Many of the natural dyes in the world are food safe, however when it comes to fixing the dyes to the fabric the mordants can be quite toxic. Even without mordants the natural dyes themselves still need the same testing artificial dyes would need…. yes, even the edible ones bizarrely, as evidence of their safety for your technical file.
Even if you were to have your dyed fabrics tested, you would need to have a source/supplier which is consistant to be sure your testing applies to more than one batch.
Unfortunately untreated wood again becomes a source issue unless you can source a consistant supplier before having the wood tested. Some things like Wooden rings may be available tested by suppliers, but when it comes to shaping and sourcing your own it becomes more tricky.
Thankfully this is the easier of the natural toy parts, as world of wool have been providing us with lambswool certificates for a long time now.
In some waldorf style doll it is custom to use fillings such as cherry stones, lavender etc to add scent and weight unfortunately this becomes ‘hazardous’ due to not being able to wash/fully submerge the toy in water without risk of mould etc. Better options for weighting would be specialised toy weighting materials sealed into a bag before being added into the toy.
This would also go for warming type toys with grains, the innards would need to be removable if they were not washable.
Leather unfortunately is a bit of a toxic mess when it comes to CE marking. The tanning procedures have a lot of chemicals which is why you will rarely find them on toys, alternatives such as a fake leather would be an option but its tricky when you are wanting a natural style toy. There may be less toxic options, but it will involve using a lab to test it yourself.
Although it can be a challenge keeping things natural, its not impossible, organic fabrics do (and will) get tested, using beautiful muted colours in fabrics such as cottons or linens (will also be retested by us at some point) natural lambswool stuffing, wool felts, natural wool yarns can give a beautiful result. If you get stuck, give us a shout in the groups and let the community see what we can come up with!