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How to choose safe toys July 11 2017, 0 Comments

Toy safety is a real problem

Baby, toddler and Children’s toys are routinely recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  This is often because they contain obviously toxic materials. You may remember Mattel recalling 19 million toys in 2007 because they contained lead tainted paint and were unsafe. But these recalls happen every day, just in lower and less extreme quantities.

Regulation of toys is ineffective

The sad reality is that even baby toys that are considered “safe” by US consumer agencies (such as the CPSC) often contain materials such as PVC, phthalates, BPA, or other questionable ingredients not explicitly banned in the US.  These endocrine disruptors are prohibited in Europe and in many other developed countries. Toys made in China are only tested in batches of half a million and it is easy (as the Mattel scandal proved) for something to slip through the net when factories are being put under time and price pressure.

Organic toys and natural materials

Organic toys in wood or cotton are an alternative the the cheap plastic toys out there. From age 2 children are less dependent on physical toys and less likely to teeth or engage in mouthing activities where they could come into direct contact with a dangerous substance like Lead or BPA.

Organic, natural, and eco-friendly toys such as Twoodie are great, but beware unsubstantiated marketing.  We have discovered (to our horror) so many seemingly wonderful toy brands that promote sustainability and ethical sourcing but in fact make toys with even the most basic of safety insurances missing - for instance they contain small parts!

Twoodie PBA, Phthalate, Lead and Endocrine Disruptor free toys #nonasties!

At Twoodie we are dedicated to making safe and efficacious products for your family. Indeed for playful minds of all ages.  This product needed to exist, even if only just for us. But we are sure there are other people (like you) that care this much too...

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