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SUPPORTING ALTERNATIVES
TO PVC TOYS

We all worry about choking hazards for our young children. Have you ever considered the health hazards of simply allowing your child to play with a plastic PVC laden doll? The issue is a hot topic these days and one that we parents should not take lightly. Plastic toys made of PVC's - polyvinyl chloride - are downright dangerous to our children's health and their surrounding play environment.

The primary risk in allowing our children to play with PVC laden toys comes from plasticizers known as "Phtalates". The harm in phthalates is that they don't stay attached to the plastic toy or teething ring. In other words they can easily attach themselves to a new home such as your child's hands or mouth. Studies currently being conducted on the effects of phthalates run the span of liver cancer, kidney damage, sperm production and its effect on estrogen levels in human beings. As in the past, it appears that our children continue to the "test rats" in terms of long term effects that PVC exposure might very well bring.

As consumers, we can place our vote against the production of PVC laden toys by supporting companies that sell toys that are natural and environmentally conscious. "Twinkle Toes" is one of the many companies out there worth your consumer vote and attention.

Twinkle Toes natural fiber dolls was founded in 1994 by two women intent on supplying a natural doll alternative to the plastic competition on the market. The company is composed of a skilled staff of trained doll-makers each in need of earning an income from home right here in the USA. These environmentally friendly dolls were based loosely in design on the philosophies of the late Rudolph Steiner, founder of the Waldorf schools. The dolls are simplistic in nature. They SAFELY stimulate the creativity and imagination of their owners. Each doll is made entirely of 100% cotton, wool and bouclez hair. The difference in hugging or sleeping with a Twinkle Toes dolls as campared to its plastic competitors is, that the wool stuffed bodies actually provide warmth to the hands that hold them. These are heirloom dolls - sure to be passed down from generation to generation and always remembered as a child's favorite doll. Twinkle Toes promotes racial harmony by offering a complete line of ethnically diverse dolls for all children to enjoy.

We should not have to worry about the toys that our children play with. "Play" is the essence of childhood and to have to concern safety issues with toys during their delicate and sacred growth years seems criminal. Remember to choose wisely and question your consumer rights and purchases. Do not entrust your children's health and safety to major toy manufacturers until you have done your research. Do your best to search out businesses that were founded strictly with your children's safety and health in mind.

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Written by: Tracey Levine


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