PIRG: ALTERNATIVES TO POLYVINYL CHLORIDE (PVC) PLASTIC TEETHING TOYS CONTAINING PHTHALATE
Adapted From Greenpeace Fact Sheet ãINFANT TOYS CONTAINING PVC AND THOSE WITHOUT PVCähttp://www.greenpeace.org/~comms/pvctoys/index.html
This list shows a selection of teething toys which are made of alternative materials. Usually toys are NOT labeled as PVC or Îvinylâ, or marked with the PVC symbol (RECYCLING PLASTIC SYMBOL WITH A ã3ä IN CENTER). Concerned consumers should ask the retailer or the manufacturer to confirm whether a toy is made of PVC or not.
Every effort was made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however, confirmation of toy materials was difficult to obtain. As a result, this is not a comprehensive list and some companies and ranges of toys are excluded. We chose the largest and most popular toy companies globally. This information is a guide and should be confirmed with the manufacturers themselves. These toys are not guaranteed as safe, only that they are not soft PVC, and therefore are unlikely to contain phthalate softeners.
The Greenpeace fact sheet listed above includes a number of other non-PVC toys, some of which may be suitable as substitute teething prducts. Watch this web page and the Greenpeace page above for more information about non-PVC products.
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