You'll Like this New Cutting Mat the First Time You See it, and Enjoy Every Time You Cut With It, for Years to Come...
However, if you buy and use an inferior mat, you're likely to be stuck with it for a long time, too... It'll ruin the enjoyment. It pays to be informed before you make a buying decision...
Typical Chinese imports are like this, which can cause all sorts of health issues. Even name brand mats are no exceptions - they're made in China and cheap for a reason, and it's a very bad one.
A tell-tale sign of bad materials being used: the mat smells horrible, even from a distance. Opening the window to air it out doesn't work because chemicals are TRAPPED inside and can leach out very slowly, into your lungs.
We then send our mat sample to an internationally recognized testing lab and undergo stringent ASTM tests to prove its safety.
The latest results (Nov 2014) are in: The lab scientists again certified our mat batch to be free of heavy metals and other health hazards, and safe even for a 3-year-old.
Knowing whether it's Safe matters a lot, especially when you have kids at home. Don't believe in safety claims without seeing some proof.