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Toxic Toys

Healthy Toys, part of the Ecology Center, a research organization in Michigan just released results of extensive testing of heavy metals and toxic chemicals in 1,500 toys, including lead, cadmium, arsenic, mercury, chlorine and PVC, among others. The findings: 1 in 3 toys has significant levels of toxic substances!

What can you do? Go to their website at healthytoys.org for results of this testing on 1,500 toys. In the store shopping? Text them. Type “healthytoys [name of toy], send to 41-411 to receive immediate information on that toy!

Have you already bought some contaminated toys? Consider returning toys to them. Tell the store why you are returning the merchandise as a consumer advocacy action that will reinforce their efforts to go green and make all children safer.

Many toys have some levels of heavy metals and toxic substances yet are not considered dangerous and one of the questions is how ingestive and dangerous is that level. Healthy Toys won’t provide evaluations on these questions; they can only give the significance of amounts of substances contained.

One of the worst findings? Children’s jewelry contains on average 5 times more lead than other products categories. And of these, Disney’s Hannah Montana jewelry is exceptionally high in lead, especially the 2 heart necklace. Other toys singled out: Road Races, LeapFrog’s Leapster2/Wall-E, Thistle Blocks, Little Tikes Bath Letters & Numbers and Circo brand shoes.

For those of you who want to go greener for your children and grandchildren, here are some toy manufacturers that insist on healthy products http://www.greentoys.com, http://www.underthegreenroof.com
http://www.ecomall.biz.toys.htm (links to 30 sites for green toys), http://www.magiccabin.com, http://www.toys-to-you.co.uk/acatalog/childrens_toys.html, and http://www.coolmompicks.com/safertoy07/.

Have a Merry and Greener Christmas!

Holly

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Welcome to my first of many ventures into blogland! Since the energy at the beginning of any enterprise infuses it’s history and informs it’s character, I choose to dedicate this blog to all those who have charted the path for me, who have informed my thinking and my imagery, and who have guided me and steered me in the development of the person I have become with the passions and the visions that emanate through me.

May only good be born of this blog that ripples throughout the world, a drop of love and dedication joining with all the other drops in the ocean of change to more health and wholeness at all levels of manifestation.

My eBook, Joyously Green: A Resource Guide for Holiday Living and Giving is nearing completion! I will be sharing tidbits for creating more peaceful and green holiday experiences from now until Christmas in this blog. From then on, my intention is to present information and engage in the creation of a more joyous world through actions that bring happiness from the good that they do. When we buy organic and fair trade products, we know that we are bringing more health to ourselves, our loved ones, to those who were engaged every step along the way in the growing, manufacturing, transporting and selling of green goods, and to the earth herself!
Finally, I thank each and every one of you who will visit my blog for being a part of this creation! May your life be enriched by this experience!

Thank you for everything you do to make this world a better place for all!

Holly

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