Posts Tagged ‘Safe products’

Keeping Kids Toys Safe

Given we are entering a season where we have lots of family gatherings, parties with friends and events where gifts are exchanged, I thought this article from Healthy Child Healthy World on how to keep toys safe was really interesting. Here’s the article’s tips for a healthy toy box:

1. Go au natural.  Look for toys made of natural materials like solid woods (with no finish or a non-toxic finish) and organic textiles (cotton, wool, felt, etc).
2. Simplify.  Buying fewer toys is much better for the planet (and your pocketbook!
3. Re-purpose.  Can something you already have be used as a toy? An empty box or set of stainless steel bowls can provide hours of happy play.
4. Look for items that will last.  High quality toys may cost a bit more, but they will last much longer and can be handed down to younger children. Likewise, you’re more apt to get money back out of them if you decide to sell.
5. Read labels.  What’s this toy made of? Where does it come from? Get to know a toy before you buy it.
6. Look for local.  Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by buying local. If you’re looking at global supplies, opt for European, Canadian or Japanese imports as other countries may have lax toy regulations.
7. Opt for open-ended toys.  Look for items that encourage creativity and are capable of being used for many different types of play. Wooden blocks, colorful scarves, smooth stones, and even cardboard boxes can be the foundation for innumerable creative adventures.
8. Avoid cheap jewelry and kids’ cosmetics.  Both of these types of dress-up products are high-risk. Cheap jewelry often has high lead levels and kids’ cosmetics can have any number of questionable chemicals.
9. Purge plastics.  Okay, this is near impossible these days, but make your best effort. If you do buy plastic, look for safer plastics like those labeled #1, 2, 4, or 5 in the chasing arrows symbol usually found on the bottom of the product. Not labeled? Call the manufacturer.
10. Text for Healthy Toys.  HealthyToys.org is a database to help you find safer toys. You can even access it from your mobile phone. Just text key words and you’ll receive information immediately regarding any testing that’s been done.
11. Print a pocket guide.  Download the Healthy Toys Pocket Shopping Guide so you always have tips and safer toy recommendations on hand.
12. Sign-up for recall alerts.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission posts recalls online, as does the website recalls.gov. If a toy you own is recalled, take it away immediately and follow the company’s instructions on how to get a safe replacement.

What Does Green Mean to You?

I had the great opportunity to talk with a graduate class at Fordham University in New York on Wednesday night about Shaklee. The class is part of a Corporate Responsibility program and the focus of this class is on ‘Getting Green.’

My friend Kelley invited me to come in as many of the students have been wondering about the steps they can take to make their own lives healthier and more green. It was an interesting presentation as I’m still learning about how to share Shaklee and the types of questions that people will ask. I was asked three questions that I had a hard time answering (below) so I was looking around for data this morning to see if I can find the answers. If anyone has this data please do share and I’ve inserted under each question the data I could find.

1) how does Shaklee source their products? couldn’t find good data here so I sent a note to Cindy Latham about this one.

2) what is the supply chain model? I found this about Shaklee’s Green strategy, but I also included this in my note to Cindy.

3) where have the clinical studies been published? Here is a good link for studies.