December 4, 2008

Unhealthy Toys Are Making Our Children Sick.

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So, what’s a parent to do?  Christmas is creeping up on us…

What can we do to ensure our children remain healthy this holiday season?

Besides eating healthy, what are our other options?

Do we even have any?

Earlier this year, I donated about 98% of my son’s toys.  Anything toxic has been banned from his room… and this house.

Our home is as healthy as I can make it without going completely apey!

I already told you about HealthyCar.org in a previous post, and during a conversation with a friend today, I learned about another groovy organization.

Allow me to introduce you to HealthyToys.org!

It’s another project of the Ecology Center, and it’s goal is to educate consumers of the toxins harboring in children’s toys and other products.

Why Do We Need Healthy Toys?
HealthyToys.org includes test results for more than 1,500 toys and children’s products. This site is a first step in providing parents, grandparents, and others who care about children with the information they need to make better choices when purchasing toys and other children’s products.

Below is just a sample list of some of the worst toys out there.

Please don’t slack off on one of your more important duties as “Santa” this year.  Check out HealthyToys.org to see if your gift choices made the nice list.  Actually, be sure to check your list… twice!

Toy Rankings: Sample High Toys

Note: Only products tested via the XRF method are listed.

Examples of Toys Containing Lead

Product Level (in PPM)
2 Hearts and HM graphic Necklace
Disney (F.A.F., Incorporated)
406,510
Halloween Pumpkin Pin
The Christmas Tree Shop
190,943
Bracelets Collection
The Christmas Tree Shop
81,085
Just My Style “It’s So Charming” Jewelry Charm Bracelets
Just My Style Jewelry
9,254
High School Musical crown necklace
Disney (F.A.F., Incorporated)
7,963
Leapster2 / Wall.E
LeapFrog
4,251
Fairy & Flowers Sandals
HuanCheng
4,113
Thistle Blocks
Edushape
2,446
Turbo Wheels – Lime Green
Greenbrier International, Inc.
2,441
High School Musical “HSM” necklace
Disney (F.A.F., Incorporated)
2,337

Examples of Toys Containing Bromine

Product Level (in PPM)
Road Racers with Play Mat
Fun Club
30,831
Lightning McQueen Racing Chair
Disney (Marshmallow)
25,562
Lift-it Luke
Wow
22,634
Disney Fairies Fold-out Chair & Sleeping Pad
Disney (Marshmallow)
22,287
Princess Jewelry
Brand name was not recorded
12,550
4 Necklaces
Unique
9,307
Table Top Champion Ping Pong
International Playthings
7,430
4 in a Row
International Playthings
6,865
Little Princess Flashing Magic Wand
D.M. Production
6,341
Speed Racer Remote Control Mach 5
Hot Wheels
5,409

Examples of Toys Containing Cadmium

Product Level (in PPM)
Halloween Pumpkin Pin
The Christmas Tree Shop
3,847
Totally Me! Dressy Rainbow Jewelry
Geoffrey, Inc
3,269
Ball Track, Large Basic Set
HABA
981

Examples of Toys Containing Arsenic

Product Level (in PPM)
Halloween Pumpkin Pin
The Christmas Tree Shop
4,765
Totally Me! Dressy Rainbow Jewelry
Geoffrey, Inc
1,202
Best Friend Bands
Alex
630

Examples of Toys Containing Mercury

Product Level (in PPM)
iFlops
Jay at Play
3,048
8 Mini Twist Up Crayons
Alex
783
Bath Letters & Numbers
Little Tikes
46

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