Toys made from natural materials are often called natural toys. The natural materials themselves however, are often soaked in synthetic chemicals, painted or laced with harmful paints which are not considered healthy and can even be detrimental to a child. Good toys do not always have to be made from natural materials. Some synthetics and hard plastics can be useful especially if the toy is made to last for generations. But the toy industry is not only about producing healthy and environmentally friendly toys. Therefore there are many things which have to be considered when choosing toys for our children. Fair Trade is a confirmation of the fact that the product is produced in an ethically responsible way. Environmental labels like the Nordic Swan and Demeter ensure, at least, that environmental factors are considered during production of the toy. The CE marking is obligatory for any product covered by one or more of the so-called European ‘New Approach Directives’. One group of chemicals which can damage health are phtalates or plasticizers as they act similarly to hormones in the body and disrupt hormone function. This is especially dangerous in some soft plastic toys for children since children are still growing and therefore hormone disruptions caused by plasticizers (phthalates) can impact on a child´s development. Fire resistent chemicals and lead paint can lead to expulsion of the toys in question from the market. The Environment Agency of Iceland is the supervising body in this matter.

Feb. 12, 2014
Guðrún Arndís Tryggvadóttir, Ingibjörg Elsa Björnsdóttir „Leikföng á Náttúrumarkaði“, Náttú Feb. 12, 2014 URL: [Skoðað:Feb. 21, 2024]
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skrifað: Nov. 2, 2007
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