According to what we've read, the new toy legislation, going into effect February 10, 2009, states that retailers can only sell items for kids 12 and under that have been tested and certified to be free of phthalates and relatively free of lead by the manufacturers. The allowable content of lead decreases further in August, when the second phase of the legislation goes into effect.
How does this affect us? We have always bought items for babies and toddlers that comply with the previous safety regulations, and we have already received certification from most of our suppliers that cover the new guidelines. Moreover, we have always made an effort to buy stained wooden toys rather than painted wood or plastic. All of the stains used on our wood products are soy or water-based, and completely non-toxic. We are also adding a large organic section to our shop this week, which will include teethers, clothing, and toys. Organic items are ones which are produced without chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other toxins.
We hope that fills in the gaps for those of you who have been reading about the issue and wondering how it's going to affect the availability of your favorite stuff. Let us know if you have questions and we'll see what we can do to answer them or direct you to good links for information. The following is information on plastics by the EPA: