Toxic toys are on the minds of parents and grandparents this holiday shopping season. Lead, the environmental scourge that has scandalously been painted on and then sent to babies, toddlers and children by some of the biggest, formerly most-trusted names in childhood play, can cause serious neurological damage to our young.
Definitely not something for under the tree.
The Daily Green has reached out to Made-in-USA toy manufacturers all over America to find out what's available this holiday season for kids whose parents are willing to take that extra step to keep their kids (and homes) safe from this deadly environmental toxin.
4 Tips for Buying USA-Made Toys:
1. Shop early. Lots of parents are looking for these toys. No last-minute shopping. This means now.
2. Shop local independent retailers. Big-box retailers don't have the time or interest in stocking many of these kinds of toys. You do. So do the smaller toy shops in your local community selling smarter, more creative toys like these.
3. Check out online resources: Let your fingers do the walking across the keyboard to start your search for these toys.
4. Be prepared to pay more. There's a reason those other toys are so cheap. These are made by Americans earning fair wages. Your solution: Buy fewer, better quality toys.
Even choosing US-made toys, there's no panacea. No absolute guarantee. Parents still have to monitor their kids' toys, and any toy can potentially be a danger. But at least with these toys, the chance that they've been dipped in poison paint or laced with a date rape drug by an unknown manufacturing subcontractor thousands of miles away is vastly reduced and unlikely. The key: Do your own research. If you're unsure, call the manufacturer. Ask questions. Our kids are too important to take any chances.
To compile this list, The Daily Green started with "Made in the USA" toy lists from specialty toy Websites and toy stores. If "Made in the USA" was not clearly articulated on each recommended manufacturer's Website, we contacted the company directly. The list relies on the information provided by individual toy companies, their distributors and public relations representatives.
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