Why are plastic toys dangerous?

Why are plastic toys dangerous?

In recent years, numerous reports have emerged about the presence of toxins in plastic toys. These harmful substances pose a risk to both children and babies, but also to the environment.

There are many ways to reduce plastic consumption. However, changing behaviours can be challenging, and parents often find themselves with an abundance of plastic toys at home. 

But what exactly is the danger associated with plastic toys? 

The danger to plastic toys is that toxins are added to them to make them softer and more flexible. They are also present in some pigments that are used to make plastic toys brighter and in turn, more appealing to children.

The worry here is that young children and babies often explore with their mouths. By doing this, they can ingest these dangerous toxins which can lead to health conditions.

The EU has strong regulations on plastic toy production but on occasion, items that aren’t up to standard can slip through the net and be found on sale in Britain.

What to look for when buying plastic toys

Plastic toys containing polyvinyl chloride (PVC) have lead and cadmium, which are both harmful toxins to children.

The CE mark is meant to indicate that toys have met the rigorous EU standards for safety and quality. However, it is important to note that this marking has been misused due to counterfeiting, so it should not be solely relied upon.

To ensure that your plastic toys are free from toxins, we strongly recommend following these guidelines:

  1. Purchase toys from reputable retailers - both online and in store 
  2. Carefully read the warnings and instructions before making a purchase
  3. Regularly check the EU Safety Gate for any recalls or withdrawals of toys

Looking for more eco-friendly toys?

There are so many eco-friendly toys available now from silicone stacking cups, to wooden red busses, recycled jigsaw puzzles and many more.

Not only are eco-friendly toys better for the environment and safer for children, they are also built to last. This means they can be passed down through generations and remain in the family for years.

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