No worries, I would be tending to agree with Homebox I think they have done a fair bit to show how they are not affected and a lot of the information I have found originally comes from links they provide. I thought I had managed to put this across in the original post as I also included the link to greenpeaces pyramid on the dangers of plastics, but there is obviously some doubt by their customers or they would not have contacted them.
Personally the biggest worry IMHO is the literaly 100's of no name ones appearing on auctions as this is a way for manufacturers to dump products and cut losses.
With Homebox though they do seem agrieved with all the copies in an article they did with urbangarden.
Everest: Fair enough, hairy muff. Well can I ask you another candid question? Were you flattered when other ... how shall I say ... very, very similar products started hitting the market?
Everest: (Thumbs German dictionary) ... Wurden sie geschmeichelt?
Denis: (Swears in German) F***ing hell no I was not at all “flattered” by all the copies! It all started when a Spanish customer stopped buying from me and coincidentally started selling their own complete rip-off of my design. They even copied my logo. But it was Bangkok counterfeit quality – it wasn’t lightproof – it just didn’t do the job. I was really pissed off. But what could I do? More copycats came onto the market. It’s difficult to say which were just a copy and which had tried to do their own development. Inevitably, all these copies created some price pressure.
I take a close look at some of the Homeboxes on display around the office. One is even used to store tea and coffee in the kitchen! The quality is undeniable. The seams are hand-stitched and perhaps noticing me admiring the thick, strong canvas, double laminated with black poly-ethylene and white reflective plastic, Denis re-asserts how much time and effort he has put into ensuring the strictest manufacturing quality.....
Denis: At the end of the day it’s the quality of our product and our customer service that sets us apart. Some cheap copies use PVC to line their boxes – but this is heavy stuff and it also smells under those HID lights! Over time it becomes hard and brittle. We are also continually developing our products. This is a fast moving industry and we have to make sure that our Homeboxes are compatible with the latest systems.
I don't see them as being that far away from being able to certify their products as meeting CE standards so why ot go all the way and use it as a marketing feature. Personally I regret penny pinching on the tent purchase and paying for it across a years worth of dead grows.
Also in the article you get a hint at the numbers of tents being sold and it is defnitely a market worth a fair bit of cash. When I purchased mine the guy had 78 listed in his auction, was sold out and unregistered from the site within a day after delivery. If it was food related PVC products in the USA it would have to meet USDA, FDA & 3A standards however obviously Homebox is PE not PVC.