Monday, November 29, 2010

Buy American, Don't Buy Toxic Toys for the Holidays

Here are some gift ideas for the holidays: Reebok NFL jerseys, Ballpark Classics tabletop baseball games, the Tedco gyroscope from Small World Toys, a Dirt King Tricycle or an All American Clothing denim jacket. They're all products made in America.

Here are some things you probably shouldn't buy: Great Shape Barbie, Spongebob Squarepants Switch 'em Up Spongbob Posable Pal, Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer Ice Skater or Disney Princess Royal Giggles Cinderella. They're all toys that have tested positive for the presence of toxic chemicals and sold by Toys R Us. In fact, most toys tested from Toys R Us were apparently made of PVC, which can cause health problems in children.

So you might want to avoid Toys R Us and seek out American-made products. There are several good websites that recommend American-made products, including BuyAmericanMart, and All American Clothing. Check them out.