In 2007, North Americans spent an estimated $25 billion on toys. We loved our Power Rangers and Hannah Montana dolls; we answered our kids’ cries for more Tickle Me Elmo’s, Thomas the Train railroad sets, and pretty much anything and everything plastic. But as we spent this money for our precious munchkins, we failed to ask ourselves what these toys were made of and whether they could harm our children. When evidence of toxicity and lead in toys started to surface, we were shocked. How could this have slipped through our collective parental radar?
Luckily, toy manufacturers such as Melissa and Doug have been producing natural, safe toys for decades. For more information on child-safe toy makers and details on the questions you should be asking about toy safety this holiday season, check out Delicious Living's article “Nontoxic Toys for Kids." For older family members, who deserve the same thoughtfulness behind their gifts, use Delicious Living's fair-trade gift guide, to pick presents from around the globe that are not only beautiful but also “represent the time and craftsmanship of a justly treated and fairly paid artisan or farmer.”