The award-winning German toy manufacturer Hess-Spielzeug is one of the leading European manufacturers of quality wooden toys for babies and toddlers. All Hess toys are made in Germany under environmentally friendly conditions and using only carefully selected materials. The toys are made from high-quality European wood (such as beech and maple) from renewable resources. All paints and stains are water-based and 100% non-toxic and saliva-resistant. All other materials used such as strings, elastics and glues are also non-toxic and child-safe. Any metal part such as clips and bells are nickel free. Hess toys fully comply with European and Australian Safety Standards for Toys.