Toxic Toys

October 31, 2015

Children’s products sold in the United States are presumed to be safe by parents but recent studies have proven otherwise. Despite bipartisan support in the 2014 and 2015 state legislative sessions, the Child Safe Products Act failed to make it over the finish line. The bill would simply have identified and eliminated the most dangerous chemicals currently present in children’s products sold throughout New York State.

Between 2014 and 2016, NYLCVEF worked with our partners to raise awareness about the issue throughout the state. We conducted tests in stores throughout the state and released six reports showing that dangerous chemicals were present in children’s jewelry, toy cars, clothing, and more. To produce these reports, NYLCVEF partnered with Clean and Healthy New York  to analyze popular toys in area stores for toxic chemicals and heavy metals. Results of this test found products containing antimony, arsenic, cadmium, cobalt, lead and mercury.

Toxic Toys in Albany County
Toxic Toys in Erie County
Toxic Toys on Long Island
Toxic Toys in Monroe County
Toxic Toys in Onondaga County
Toxic Toys in Westchester County

Many of the chemicals we found are known carcinogens and can lead to serious developmental disorders in children. Even with a federal law on the books, it’s hard for anyone to know exactly what chemicals are present in the item they’re buying. Thanks to the support of various foundations, we reached more people than ever about this issue by reaching out to new members from across the state. We even got Santa Claus into the action around the holidays to help educate even more people about these dangerous chemicals.

After the release of our reports and our grassroots advocacy, local lawmakers sprung into action in 2015:

While we continue to work on a statewide solution, our local work will continue in New York City and other counties to protect children from toxic toys.

Interested in learning more about our Toxic Toys campaign?

Many thanks to Passport Capital, Myron Blumenfeld/ the Macy’s Foundation, LCVEF, and the Seventh Generation Foundation for their generous support.

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