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Freecycle Your Junk

Freecycle Your Junk

Many things that end up on the curb each week aren't thrown out because they're broken or even obsolete — they're just not useful to their owner anymore and they take up too much space. Five years ago, a man by the name of Deron Beal set out to make us think twice about the value of the stuff we no longer use, through a network of community message boards called Freecycle.

April 21, 2008

Toys "R" Us Launches Sustainable Toy Line

Toys "R" Us Launches Sustainable Toy Line

Just in time for Earth Day, Toys "R" Us has announced a new line of sustainable toys that will begin appearing on store shelves in the coming weeks. The toys, which will use in recycled packaging and carry certifications from groups like the Forest Stewardship Council, come in response to the growing trend of families going green together.

April 1, 2008

Reduced-to-Zero PVC and Lead Reduction New Goal for Toys "R" Us

Reduced-to-Zero PVC and Lead Reduction New Goal for Toys "R" Us

In the ongoing unsafe and negative public relations saga of toxic toys, major toy chain Toys “R” Us recently announced its efforts to reduce the toxins PVC (polyvinyl chloride) plastic and lead used in the toys they offer for infants and children. The company stated it’s future goal is to have all toys they carry PVC-free, and for now are working to reduce the amount of PVC in their toys.

February 22, 2008

Mattel Maintains Devotion to Dangerous Products and Hazardous Working Conditions

Mattel Maintains Devotion to Dangerous Products and Hazardous Working Conditions

Probably the most overlooked aspects of 2007's string of toxic toy scandals are the host of environmental and health dangers associated with manufacturing poisonous products. The Chinese workers who spray lead paint on toys destined for American shelves — often without masks or gloves — don't have to put the toys in their mouths to experience the effects of lead poisoning. When they go home at night they bring with them paint dust which in turn pollutes their living spaces, putting their families at risk.

January 15, 2008

Public Citizen Ties Unsafe Toys to "Race to the Bottom"

Public Citizen Ties Unsafe Toys to "Race to the Bottom"

With concerns over toy safety possibly at an all-time high, it would be interesting to take a step back and look at what exactly has changed about toy manufacturing and how that may have lead to companies like Mattel selling children toys made of lead paint and the "the date-rape drug." Public Citizen did just that in a 27-page report released yesterday, tying a decrease in safety to the decrease in wages and maximized profit margins toy companies are finding overseas. From CommonDreams:

December 20, 2007

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