Giving a child a new toy is just as exciting as receiving one. It sometimes may feel as if it is the golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. However, we all know that not everything sweet can be savory.
In January 2020, Global News published an article regarding how to avoid kid’s old toys visiting the landfills. The resolution they featured was giving these knick knacks a “healthy” second life at outreach centers where kids can pick out complementary goods. While this may sound like a noble idea, there are only certain quality standards that are met, such as cleanliness and the condition of the toy. If not enough toys are being donated, it leaves charities and second-hand stores no choice but to put smiling faces first before doing in-depth research on the product and how it can affect the kids using their services.
When I took a look at what was in the donation bin that was featured in Global’s column, Fisher’s Little People’s Discovery Farm was in sight enough for me to recognize their iconic tag. The plastic toys Fisher’s produces are not labelled as BPA free, meaning a child may be exposed to harsh chemicals, leading to a harsh future. Some experts believe BPA can mimic a hormone in the body that disrupts hormone levels and development in fetuses, babies, and children.
If you don’t know already, Fisher-Price is considered to be one of the giants in children’s toys and educational games. The current statistics of their gross sales including Thomas & Friends brands generate over $1.13 billion US dollars globally. This shows that parents are still placing their trust in a company that has served even themselves for decades and even more so to pass them on to another child.
The worst part about this is how Fisher-Price wrote a toy safety checklist in a blog post to help parents carefully select non-dangerous toys. This illusion they created was so well done that you can forget how they never listed anything that could really link BPA plastic and their products together. The company also for an unthinkable reason refuses to confirm these harmful toxic practices. Honesty is the best policy, right?
Nevertheless, there are a lot of toxic materials in toys outside of using Fisher-Price as an example on the market today. Thankfully, there are boutique markets online and offline such as Baby Joy who only carry safe products for kids and the relief of having to use your finger like your little one to scroll through labels.
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