Greener Future Fridays: Shopping for Safe Bath Toys!

Today I am going shopping for some fun bath toys for Jack!  He is now sitting up in the bath and having a great time splashing around.  I think bath time would be a delight with some fun, colorful toys.  So what do I buy?  I find it sad that I have to do so much research to find safe bath toys.  It is quite a shame that our country will allow baby products in our stores such as bath toys, teether’s, bottles, utensils and more loaded with harmful, cancer-causing chemicals!  Why is it that money has to be the driver of everything we do in our country?  If people in our country thought more of the health and well being of our children (and adults too) this would never be a problem. 


Some of the major dangerous chemicals found in baby products include BPA, PVC, and phthalates.  These chemicals can be found in bottles, sippy cups, water bottles, dishes and utensils, bibs, teethers, bath toys and other plastic toys.  I’m sure there are more items out there that I’m not even aware of yet (I’m sure I will dig up more in the future).  Here’s a quick brake down on why these chemicals are harmful.  For more information visit some of my favorite resources:  the soft landing, zrecs, and safbaby.


BPA (Bisphenol-A) – has been in the news lately in regards to baby bottles.  It’s great that information is seeping out to the public; I hope it continues and gains momentum.  BPA is a harmful chemical in polycarbonate plastics such as baby bottles (often recycle #7).  When the plastic becomes worn it can leach out.  This also affects products such as toys or anything babies put into their mouths (which is everything!). BPA is a hormone disruptor.  It has been linked to breast and prostate cancer, diabetes, and other health problems.  You can read more about it’s dangers here.  


PVC – is an extremely dangerous chemical (knows as vinyl) to both humans and the environment.  It releases dioxins, long recognized as a carcinogen.  They are found in plastic baby products and recognized as recycle #3.  Find more information here and here and here 


Phthalates – one of the most prevalent types is DEHP.  They are found added to many plastics including food packaging, toys, cosmetics, clothing and more.  Phthalates are endocrine disruptors which can also cause permanent birth defects.  They have also been linked to liver, kidney and lung damage.  Learn more about phthalates here and here.


All three of these chemicals are not only dangerous to humans but they are very hazardous to the environment and other animals.  They leach dangerous chemicals into our ground water and the plastics in landfills release dangerous gases into our air.  Some more food for thought – all three of these are banned in many European countries, but not in our money hungry country.  Armed with all of my printed off notes, resources, and Jack, I’m off to the store!


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    I am your new fan 🙂

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