I’ve avoided blogging about the massive Fisher-Price toy recall for a week now, as these are not eco toys, but I can’t bite my tongue anymore. Besides, even if you only buy your children natural toys, there are times when toys like these creep into your life from well-meaning relatives or your child themselves. Our family is fortunate not to own or have owned any of the recalled toys, but I am once again, flabbergasted that toys designed for children would contain lead. This is not new information that lead is hazardous to our health, so why do Chinese manufacturers continue to use it? Is it that cost effective that it is worth harming workers and children? I just don’t get it. You can see a full list with pictures of the recalled items here.
I worry about the conditions Chinese workers who apply this lead-based paint work in, as their health has most certainly been compromised. There are so many reasons to avoid Chinese made toys, as recent recalls have demonstrated. China’s record in regards to Tibet and human rights further gives reason to avoid these products. I recently watched Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion, and my heart aches for both the Tibetans and the Chinese people.