The shock waves from all the recent toy recalls are just astounding. Parents these days find themselves questioning nearly every toy they purchase, wondering if there is a potential hazard, like lead paint, lurking within, and how these toys were even allowed to get to market in the first place.
It seems that the most common factor in the recent toy
recalls is that they were manufactured in
And another troubling factor: even some of our most popular toy brands, brands that I grew up with as a kid, are issuing recalls: Fisher Price, Mattel, Thomas the Train. It seems to be getting difficult to know who and what we can trust to be safe for our children.
To see a complete list of CPSC recalls since 1975, click here. It is a very eye-opening experience to see how many products make it to market, only to be recalled shortly thereafter. Whatever happened to thorough safety testing before a product hits the shelves?? Apparently, the CPSC does not have the authority to test the safety of products before they become available to the public- they leave that up to the manufacturer! Well, it appears that Congress is finally seeing something wrong with that, and tougher Safety Bills are now on the table for lawmakers to vote on. You can send your Congressman an urgent message of support for tougher safety regulations by clicking here. The link will take you t o a Care2 petition urging stronger consumer product legislation.
Amidst all this recall turmoil, there is a bit of sunshine. Wonderful new, green products are sprouting up all around us, including in the toy department. It's making more and more sense to turn to eco-friendly, green companies, because they usually have much higher safety and health standards than conventional companies do. Green businesses seek to source locally whenever possible, and when not, try to source from Fair Trade Certified and inspected sources; they use recycled materials, eco-friendly dyes and paints (read: NO lead), and natural materials; and they have founded their businesses around a commitment to our health and safety.
One such company that makes safe and eco-friendly games for
kids (and, actually, adults, too!) is BioViva, distributed by KVale Games. We
are thrilled here at The Greater Green to be carrying one of their exceptionally adorable games for
youngsters aged 3 and up called My First 3 Nature Games. Made of recycled and
safe materials, and manufactured in