Whole green toys, diapers, clothing, bedding, bath, school supplies, and more.
What’s good for our kids is almost always good for the environment. The products and tips and suggestions in this chapter give you practical ways to substitute pure, healthy, and renewable products for products that are toxic, wasteful, non-recyclable, or energy- and land-depleting.
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www.HealthyToys.org, a nonprofit created by the the Michigan-based Ecology Center and the Washington Toxics Coalition, has compiled a database of test results for more than 1,200 toys and children’s products. Each product tested was given an overall rating of low, medium, or high as well as an individual chemical rating. The tests have found that some toys contain chemicals of concern, including heavy metals such as lead and cadmium.
An independent evaluation of the toys is necessary, says HealthyToys.org, because the presence of toxic chemicals in consumer products is perfectly legal in the United States. The only US law regarding chemicals and toys is the one restricting lead—and that law applies only to paint, not to the lead found in the product’s composition. Currently the only standard for chemicals in children’s toys is a voluntary industry standard that cannot be legally enforced.
Here are three of the more than 1,000 Whole Green resources you’ll find in the catalog:
The Center for Health, Environment, and Justice has created a back-to-school guide to PVC-free school supplies. Check out the guide and the site at www.besafenet.com.