Toxic children’s toys?
Toys have lead in the wing
Manufacturers of plastic toys have made progress in recent years. Indeed, phthalates have been banned by the European Union since 1999 for toys for children under three years old. Phthalate substitutes, according to a study by ANSES, do not seem to be toxic to children.
However, it is necessary to remain cautious. Indeed, we do not really know the long-term effects on children’s health of these phthalate substitutes.
Too many toys are made from synthetic chemicals harmful to health: formaldehyde, chromium or even lead can be found in kids toys.
As for bisphenol A, a proven endocrine disruptor, if it has been banned in baby bottles and food containers, it is not yet banned in plastic children’s toys.
All categories of toys contain toxic
- Plastic dolls dressed and / or with electronic components that contain many chemical substances.
- All soft or inflatable plastic toys (PVC) may contain phthalates or substitutes to soften plastic.
- Soft toys or duffles with long hairs or stuffed with synthetics likely to contain brominated flame retardants, allergens.
- Wooden plywood toys (puzzle, construction toys …) that may contain formaldehyde and / or paint may contain lead.
- Paintings and cosmetics (felts, modeling clay, makeup kits …) in which we can find lead, formaldehyde, phthalates.
- Electronic and battery operated toys that may contain brominated flame retardants.