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10 Tips To Keep Your Children Safe
You already know that your children will be the future that will inherit the Earth. It's important that they inherit a world that isn't full of dangerous chemicals. You also don't want your child chewing on harmful chemicals so why put them on their eco-friendly Toys. It's important that your child's toys are not toxic for them to play with. Here are ten tips to help you keep your child's toys safe.
10 Tips To Follow To Keep Your Children Safe
Eco-Friendly Toys Tip #1 - Buy PVC-free
What is PVC and how does it relate to children's eco-friendly Toys? PVC is short for polyvinyl chloride and is found on many of their toys such as beach balls, baby tethers, rubber ducks and dolls. PVC has toxins that are released into the environment throughout its lifecycle.PVC toys contain the phthalates chemical compound, which has been linked to several kinds of cancer and hormonal disruptions. Any long-term effects with this compound for youngsters are still being looked at. However, if you aren't sure... purchase PVC free toys to be on the safe sound.
Eco-Friendly Toys Tip #2 - Wooden Toys
If you plan to let your children with wooden toys, find ones that are FSC-certified wood. This is wood that last for generations to come. For toddlers, find wood parts that are unpainted and untreated so they may chew on them if they see fit. Once your child has outgrown his/her need for the blocks, these can be past on to your children's children, relatives' children or sold on places such as eBay.
Eco-Friendly Toys Tip #3 - Turn Toys Off
Most Eco-Friendly Toys (excluding balls and blocks) have batteries. However, batteries are not good for the environment or your children. If you have younger children, ask yourself if noisy toys are even needed. Most babies and toddlers are fascinated with the simple toys such as Matchbox cars or a stuffed animal. If you have older children who like the PSPs or Gameboy, buy rechargeable batteries.
Eco-Friendly Toys Tip #4 - Playing Outdoors
Sometimes the best Eco-Friendly Toys aren't toys at all. What are they? Games. If your child understands and is old enough, play tag with them or a game of chase. Not only do you save money but not purchasing "extra" toys but you also get your little one some exercise as all children need at this time. Plus they get to enjoy the Earth's ecosystem.
Eco-Friendly Toys Tip #5 - Used Toys
Eco-Friendly Toys that have been used once are almost always good to use a second or third time around. Sometimes children will just outgrow their toys and parents will sell them on eBay to make a little money on the investment.
Eco-Friendly Toys Tip #6 - Organic Toys
That stuffed animal that your child loves to carry around with them could have been treated with all kinds of chemicals. These chemicals are harmful to the environment so how could they not be harmful over time to your children. Purchase organic toys for your children.
Eco-Friendly Toys Tip #7 - Boxes are Toys
Have you ever watched a child like a toy but play with the box it came in instead? This is quite natural and gives children time to use their imagination. If you have a box you want to throw away, think about your child for a second and how much fun they may find it.
Eco-Friendly Toys Tip #8 - Paint
You should not only worry with lead paint being on your child's walls but the toys that he/she plays with too. During the summer of 2007, there were a slew of toys being recalled because of lead paint concerns. However, newer toys (though they cost a bit more) are of water-based materials or low to no VOC paints. Most manufacturers will state this fact.
Eco-Friendly Toys Tip #9 - Toys That Last
When you are out buy Eco-Friendly Toys for your children, think about how long they will last. The longer they last, the fewer toys you'll have to buy. With toys that last, you can pass it around to other parents or sell them on auction sites like eBay. This solves two problems: it keeps extra waste out of the landfill and it saves you money.
Eco-Friendly Toys Tip #10 - Colors
Not every toy can be green. However, if you want a green toy, look to craft projects that use your child's imagination and non-toxic paints and/or crayons Use recycled materials that include boxes, junk mail and things they may find on the ground. The only question after they make their craft project is... what will you do with it?