How to Toys Contribute to Pollution?
Some toys, like plastic toy soldiers and baby dolls, are responsible for water and air pollution because they leach hazardous toxins into the air and water.
The majority of plastic toy manufacturers use a lethal vinyl called PVC in toys. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is the deadliest plastic produced today.
It is typically mixed with another noxious chemical, phthalate, to make the finished plaything flexible rather than rigid. Two phthalates commonly used in plastic toy production are DEHP (diethylhexyl phthalate) and DNIP (Di-isonoyl phthalate).
What do all these chemical names mean, in plain English? They translate to:
- Liver and kidney disease risks
- Baby girls who develop breasts prematurely
Mix in a scoop or two of lead and a pinch of cadmium and you have the recipe for a chemical cocktail of frightening proportions. Picture your baby gnawing contently on a toxic PVC-phthalate laced bath toy or pacifier and the effects of pollution take second place to health and wellness pollution.
The most common sources of contaminated plastic playthings are bathtub knick-knacks, squeeze toys, or vinyl dolls. Be an informed consumer and read labels carefully to your child's safety.