The United States Public Interest Research Group released a study entitled “Trouble in Toyland.”
What caught my eye was the discussion of chemicals in our kids’ toys.
Toxic phthalates: Numerous scientists have documented the potential health effects of exposure to phthalates in the womb or at crucial stages of development, including (but not limited to) reproductive defects, premature delivery, early onset of puberty and lower sperm counts. Effective February 2009, the CPSIA bans toys that contain concentrations of more than 0.1 percent of a toxic chemical called phthalates. PIRG found toys that contained concentrations of phthalates of up to 40 percent.
So what can you do to avoid these chemicals. I previously wrote about BPA in baby bottles, cups and dishes. Along with the advice from that blog I recommend you read PIRG’s study. In part:
Avoid toys made of PVC plastic; which often contains phthalate softeners. Choose unpainted wooden or cloth toys instead. Read the labels of play cosmetics and avoid products with xylene or toluene or phthalates. All of these pose hazards, especially to developing children’s small bodies.
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