Post By: Molly Esselstrom, Upstream Research™ Marketing Manager
Many people can agree that diet and exercise are important for a healthy lifestyle. Most can also agree that avoiding harsh chemicals and known carcinogens (i.e. cigarettes) are contributing behaviors to overall health. And, it’s increasingly clear that the outside environment also has an impact on health. However, most would not think that toys would give a child brain cancer. Toys.
In fact, a Syracuse.com story from 2015 showed that such “toxic toys” being sold at local stores in Syracuse, NY contained toxic heavy metals and chemicals (lead & arsenic) that were leading to brain tumors in children aged 5-6 years old. An added consideration during the busy holiday season.
Parallel to the children affected by this were firefighters in the NY area with increased cancer diagnoses who had been affected by these same toys when the chemicals released during building fires. The toys were the common thread.
A toxic-free company, Made Safe, created by Amy Ziff is attempting to fix these issues. The company has raised the bar for product safety with their Made Safe seal and, according to their website, “MADE SAFE is America’s first nontoxic seal for products we use every day, from baby to personal care to household and beyond. We certify that products you use on your body, with your family, and in your home are made with safe ingredients not known or suspected to harm human health. Our goal is to change the way products are made in this country for the healthier.”
Visit Made Safe and search their products here.
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