Great post earlier this week over at Green-Talk.
Obviously, the recalled toys stories were all over the news last year. Spurred in part by this, HealthyToys.org recently tested and created a database of the safety of 1200 toys.
Since then, there has been over 7000 nominations for toys to be reviewed.
But, just addressing and documenting the affected toys is not sufficient. One big issue is that the last government act (the Toxic Substances Control Act, or TSCA) to address chemicals and their application in products like kid’s toys was passed in 1976.
The purpose of the TSCA was to regulate the introduction of new or already existing chemicals. As a side note, it grandfathered most existing chemicals. Time to update!
But there is a way to help. You can sign an online petition to request a change.
From the HealthyToys.org site:
HealthyToys.org is asking for government oversight hearings on reforming the U.S. products regulatory system. You can help by signing our petition to overhaul the nation’s 30 year old chemical law, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). HealthyToys.org will be delivering these petition signatures to key federal representatives in March. Now is the time to sign on to this important petition.
So sign this petition to voice your concern. Let’s keep lead, chlorine (PVC), cadmium and other toxic elements out of toys!