Monday, December 8, 2008
Last year at this time, American consumers were grappling with a massive toy recall following safety concerns. Today, we're looking at the benefits of buying green toys. Now that's not from china? Neddie Bishop has a dilemma. She's shopping for a toy for her one year old nephew. She wants one made with safe, environmentally friendly materials-- but that's not too expensive. "See, $65, wow." Pediatrician Alan Greene, author of Raising Baby Green has some advice about what to look for.
Choose natural toys and those things might be toys made out of solid wood, especially if it's not finished and has a non-toxic finish. Greene says he worries about toxins that may be found in certain plastic toys. The phthalates that are plasticizers that make things soft, especially things that are made out of vinyl or PVC, and BPA that's used as a hardening agent in some things.
Some parents aren't taking any chances. "I will pay more to ensure that my daughter is not playing with something that contains harmful plastics or lead in the paint. " That means doing some homework on which manufacturers use safe materials and reading labels, even if they're on the bottom of the box.
I do pay attention to what I am buying for my kids, but my five-year-old has a list for Santa. So, I am checking to see if the things he wants are okay instead of the other way around. My little one just wants Thomas everything, so I just check and make sure it isn't one that has been recalled.
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