Finally digging out of my post partum haze to report back to duty here at Eco Child’s Play, I was greeted this morning with the news that one out of three toys tested are found to have toxins. According to this NPR report, Healthy Toys, a Michigan non-profit organization, found that while toys made in China did have higher toxin levels, the ones with the made in the USA label were not guaranteed to be safe either.
In fact, researchers found no consistent correlation between levels of lead and where the toys were made.
21 percent of the toys tested from China and 16 percent of those from all other countries had detectable levels of lead this year. And of the U.S.-made toys tested, 35 percent had detectable levels of lead.
Aside from buying clothes and books for the holidays, it looks like handmade toys might definitely be the way to go in order to ensure complete toy safety (if that’s even possible). Any other solutions to this issue?
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[This post was written by Kristen Chase.]