The Environmental Impacts Of Childrens Toys

March 21, 2013 / No Comments

Have you heard about the biodegradable toys they make these days? These toys “disappear” in months.

Seriously. This is from a website selling toys made of Eco-friendly bio-plastic:

“The earth-friendlier material offers the added attraction of being biodegradable, so when Johnny breaks his shovel digging for buried treasure, the discarded toy will decompose within months instead of decades, like traditional plastics.”

Hmm…

Who spends money on disappearing toys?

We do! At least those of us who are interested in protecting our children and ourselves from the harmful (and sometimes fatal) toxins found in today’s toys.

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Do you know what’s in the toys your children play with? 

Thankfully there have been laws passed over the years to help regulate and oversee what goes into products and how those ingredients could harm us. In 2008, Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), banning lead and many phthalates from children’s toys.

The “FDA” of toys is the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and they are responsible for regulating the safety of children’s toys. They had slack control and oversight of these harmful chemicals for many years and regulations and quality control are still not fully up to par. One of the biggest controversies surrounding the toy industry is the use of phthalates in the manufacture of toys.

So What are Phthalates?

Phthalates (pronounced THA-lates) are endocrine disrupting chemicals used extensively in PVC plastics – like children’s toys, cosmetics, and food packaging. They are even in the cheese, meat, and bread your family eats. Phthalates are so abundant in the things that we interact with in our daily lives that traces of their compounds are found in the urine of 95 percent of US residents including children. In fact, tests have shown that pregnant women share phthalates in vitro, and that these toxic chemicals may contribute to hormonal changes in children as well as other reproductive problems.

It is easy to get lost in the maze of what’s good and what’s bad, especially with toys that are randomly given to our children without thought by loving family members. How do you turn them down gracefully; or better yet, how do you get these family members on board?

You’re Surrounded

Because phthalates are everywhere in your home — not just in your children’s toys, understanding the risks and eliminating or reducing you and your children’s exposure should be a priority. Removing as much phthalate from your home makes for a much healthier environment for you and your children.

Phthalates are just one of the problems with today’s toys and bio-plastics can only solve some of the problem. It won’t – however – solve the problem of kids picking up after themselves and the potential for tripping and breaking your neck! “Now if anyone helped us not lose track of their toys we’d be in business!”