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Going Green: Top 10 Household Products to Avoid

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Toys made with PVC plastic


Q: Do you buy baby toys made of wood, organic cotton, or other natural materials instead of plastic?

49% 

Yes

51% 

No

550 Total votes cast.

PVC plastic, the least recycled plastic, is mainly used in construction. But it can also be found in everyday plastics, including children's toys. Vinyl chloride, the chemical used to make PVC, is a human carcinogen. Other dangerous additives, such as lead and cadmium, are sometimes added to PVC to keep it from breaking down. These additives are particularly dangerous in children's toys. Make sure you know what materials your child's toys are made from. Check out our toy recall page to see if your child's toys are on the list. Avoid purchasing plastic toys; opt for toys made of wood, organic cotton, or other natural materials.

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