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What was tested?

There were 16 rubber boots for children who were tested for pollutants and compared. The pollution results: 1 x ‘sufficient’, 3 x ‘poor’ and 12 x “inadequate”. The analysis of the ingredients, including on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons or legally regulated phthalates was decisive for the evaluation (plasticizers) and has been tested. More shortcomings led to the devaluation.  We got a lot of help from cuterainboots.info.  Check them out here.

The results of this test:


Aigle Lolly pop Wellington boots


With more than 1000 micrograms per kilogram of the value on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) was greatly increased. PAK can be absorbed via the respiratory tract, as well as through the skin and are considered carcinogenic. The verdict was ‘poor’ in the lab test. The provider indicates that mainly natural rubber was used in the production of the rubber boot.


Beck shoes Cap’n ‘ bluebear rain boots

These rubber boots moved in a legal gray area. The proven carcinogenic hydrocarbon benzidine was above the limit, but legally not to complain because there is no direct skin contact occurs. Traces of toxic antimony, which is toxic and can irritate skin and mucous membranes, have also been found. Generally, the content of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons was greatly increased. Further faults: “good”. Manufacturer Beck has according to own statements to determine the batch concerned and pulled from circulation. Information on the respective batches were not disclosed.


Bruno Barthel Maximo wellies fish

According to Barthel, the boots consists mainly of natural rubber, PVC components burden the environment also settled in the laboratory but notice. Legally regulated phthalates were included with a high value. Also the aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were present in particularly high quantities. Evidence of short-chained chlorinated paraffins which are used as plasticizers and flame retardants, but under suspicion of cancer was a problem. The existing limit values for these substances are currently under discussion. The very high proportion of lead, which was more 1000 milligrams per kilo put the under the “insufficient” laboratory result. The heavy metal accumulates in the body and acts as a neurotoxin. Further faults due to proven optical brightener: “good”.


Crocs Crocband jaunt kids

In the laboratory, the Crocband jaunt children rubber boots achieved a result of “insufficient”. This resulted in the detection of PVC/PVDC/chlorinated plastics, as well as a strongly increased value for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (more than 1000µg/kg). Not only that, discovered various plasticizers, which can air out and still little is known about their potential for risk. The noxious and irritant eye acetophenone leads to a pungent odor. Also optical brightening agents, as well as providing incomplete material have been criticized. Other defects: ‘sufficient’.


Cortina wellies, pink rain boots



The very high value on PAH (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) in the boots of Deichmann was striking. Some of these compounds are considered carcinogenic. The overall result “unsatisfactory” result for the ingredients. The rubber boots part compared to the affordable contained also optical brighteners, which resulted in the devaluation on ‘good’ for the other defects. According to the manufacturer consist of a mixture of natural and synthetic rubber upper and sole.


Elephant rain boots, blue


The rubber boots manufactured in Italy from the offer showed an increased value of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are carcinogenic to the part and also noticed by unpleasant smells in the laboratory. Furthermore, phosphorus organic compounds were detected, which are at least controversial. Overall, a “sufficient” result for the ingredients. According to provider, the tested boots is a discontinued model, but can be distinguished by the successor models based on the product number.