Toxic Toys: Not on Santa’s List

Wild Mint, an eco friendly, toxin free company, sheds light on potentially harmful toxic chemicals found in children’s toys and how parents can find safer options this Holiday season.

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In addition to typical toy safety concerns such as sharp edges or small parts, the toxins that kids may inhale, touch, and even digest are equally important to consider.

Plantation, FL (PRWEB) December 03, 2013

Wild Mint, an eco friendly, toxin free company, is enlightening parents about harmful chemicals found in many children’s toys currently available on store shelves, and is offering tips for finding safer, natural toys. Especially for parents with young children, who tend to put everything in their mouths, it’s important to avoid toxins in toys that can lead to health and development problems.

“When shopping for kid’s toys, the hidden dangers of toxic chemicals being used in the toy’s construction are often overlooked,” said Wild Mint’s President, Hannah Helsabeck. “In addition to typical toy safety concerns such as sharp edges or small parts, the toxins that kids may inhale, touch, and even digest are equally important to consider.”

According to a study released in May 2013 by Environmental Health News (EHN), ‘chemicals of high concern’ were found in thousands of children’s products from plastic building blocks to dolls and baby accessories. The report shows that children’s items from America’s largest companies contain low levels of dozens of harmful industrial chemicals which have been linked to health issues including cancers, brain damage, reduced organ function, and developmental damage (EHN Special Report: ‘Chemicals of high concern’ found in thousands of children’s products, May 6, 2013, Environmental Health News).

To help parents find safer, toxin-free toys, Wild Mint has put together a brief list of shopping tips:

1)    Check the material used to make the toys: Natural woods, non toxic paints and dyes, and organic cotton are all materials used to make many safer toy alternatives.

2)    Shop from trusted retailers: Finding safer toys can be difficult and time consuming at larger stores. Instead, shop from trusted retailers who have done the research for people, offering only trusted brands dedicated to creating safer products.

3)    Test for lead levels at home: Buy a lead test kit at a local hardware store to easily test children’s toys and other products to determine if they contain lead.

4)    Check for toy recalls: Check the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website for anything that has been deemed hazardous to children.

About Wild Mint
Wild Mint is dedicated to helping people live eco friendly, healthy and non-toxic lifestyles. Started by a mother of 6 in her quest to find safer alternatives to toxin-laden products, the company shares invaluable knowledge and resources on their website, http://www.wildmintshop.com. On a mission to positively influence people’s lives, Wild Mint is a one-stop source for trusted information and safer, more environmentally friendly products.