Our core products; Gelli, Slime and Sno, are all made from specially formulated, super absorbent polymers that are certified bio-degradable. These are simply mixed with food-grade colourants and a splash of fruity scented fragrance. Here at Zimpli Kids, we take safety incredibly seriously, and all our products are fully tested, to ensure they're 100% safe! However we always recommend a patch test for those with sensitive skin, the same as you would with a new shampoo.
The first box of Gelli Baff was sold into the UK market in January 2007 and we are proud to say we have had the exact same initial selection available in multiple UK retailers now for 10+ years. We are proud to say that over this 10 year period, we have sold over 20 million units of Gelli Baff and just short of 10 million units of Slime Baff worldwide using the same formulation.
At Zimpli Kids, we take the safety of all our products exceptionally seriously and this is evident in not only how thoroughly our products are tested, but also in our choice to manufacture over 90% of our products in our UK based ISO (9001 : 2015) certified manufacturing plant.
We have multiple up to date testing certifications to demonstrate the safety of our full product range;
• EN71: Ensure that the toy conforms to the essential safety requirements.
• TRA: Toxicological Risk Assessments
• CPSR: Cosmetic Product Safety Report
• ASTM and CPSIA
As a company, we distribute to over 50 countries and we have extensive, up to date testing certification for every country we ship to. Over and above the legal requirements we have additional reports from expert safety organisations.
The Bio-degradation Test OECD 301B determines the biodegradability of a material by adding it to waste sewage and measuring the amount of CO2 created over a 28 day period.
We engaged Intertek to carry out this test for both Gelli Baff and Slime Baff. The test involves adding Gelli Baff and Slime Baff to an inoculum (sewage waste) and measuring how much CO2 is released over the 28 day period. This is reported as a percentage. The sewage waste is also tested at the same time by itself. The OECD 301B guidelines state a product has to achieve a minimum 60% conversion to CO2 within 28 days.
Both Slime Baff and Gelli Baff biodegraded, with Slime Baff achieving a 71.31% conversion and Gelli Baff a 66.86% conversion. The sewage waste by itself converted 82.83% over 28 days. As both products achieved a figure greater than 60%, both products are classed as biodegradable according to the standard.
Our products have won numerous prestigious awards over the years;
Toy verdict Awards Winner – 2015
Dads Choice Awards Winner – 2015
Rainbow toy Awards Highly Commended - 2015
Toy Talk Awards Winner - 2015
Toy verdict awards Winner 2015
Best New Outdoor Toy Award - 2017
Buyers Choice Award Category – 2017
Made for Mums Toy Awards – 2017
Outdoor toy awards – 2018 – Highly Commended
SnoBall Battle Pack
Independent Toy Awards 2017
Mums choice award 2017 – Highly Commended
Sustainability really is a hugely important factor to us at Zimpli Kids. We have now sourced and use a cosmetic ‘Bio Glitter’ made from a special bio-degradable film that degrades in sea water in accordance with the standard ASTM D7081-05.
We also use recycled board for our packaging wherever possible.
Zimpli Kids have recently joined the OPRL scheme (On-Pack Recycling Label) meaning all of our boxes will have consistent on-pack guidance to make it clear to customers how the packaging can be recycled.
The OPRL Scheme aims to deliver a simple, consistent and UK-wide recycling message on retailer and brand packaging to help consumers recycle more material correctly - recognised by more than 7 in 10 consumers