In 2008, Toys R Us promised to reduce PVC plastic, phthalates, and lead in children's and infant’s toys. But the fact of the matter is that Toys R Us has not kept its promise. It has failed to label toxics in its toys and has failed to get PVC, the poison plastic, out of the toys it sells.
Independent product testing has confirmed that Toys R Us is selling toys made with PVC. Chemicals released in PVC’s lifecycle have been linked to chronic diseases in children, impaired child development and birth defects, cancer, disruption of the endocrine system, reproductive impairment and immune system suppression.
There is no safe way to manufacture, use or dispose of PVC products. As the largest specialized toy retailer in America, with more than 800 stores nationwide, Toys R Us has the economic power to eliminate toxics from the toy supply chain entirely.
Photo from Alan Cleaver's photostream at Flickr.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Toxic Toys R Us
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