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Anamalz: non-toxic wooden toys that flex

Posted by NonToxic House on June 6, 2008


It takes a bit more effort to find a safe non-toxic toy. Many plastic toys – rubber duckies, bath books, teethers, etc. – are made of PVC (plastic #3), which uses a group of chemicals called phthalates (pronounced “tha-lates”) that make the plastic soft and pliable but also have been shown to disrupt hormones and cause other health issues.

Wooden toys are definitely a safer alternative…

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Natural toys at Toys “R” Us

Posted by NonToxic House on April 14, 2008


Toys “R” Us is rolling out a new line of chemical-free, organic and natural toys in time for Earth Day (April 22nd). The collection includes natural wooden cars and trucks, natural cotton plush animals and organic cotton dolls, but it looks like the wooden products are the only ones to have made it online so far. They’re decorated with a wood-burning technique, which gives them a retro, craft-type look, while the plush animals and cotton dolls are said to be colored using natural or water-based dyes and made with unbleached cotton.

A quick Google search reveals that, while the wooden toy collection is hardly unique, Toys “R” Us’ pricing is spot on: $9.99 for the racing car picture above. Here’s a look at the pricier competition:

From left: Skinny wooden car ($29.50) from Kid Bean; hay wagon ($39.95) from All Amish Furniture and tractor ($12.50) from KidBean.

The Toys R Us launch is timely, entering the market as toy safety steps into the national spotlight because of lead paint, faulty magnets and other health hazards.

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