The Ecology Center of Ann Arbor, Michigan, in collaboration with the Washington Toxics Coalition and other environmental groups, launched a new resource for parents today. The Web site, www.healthytoys.org, is a much-needed tool to help parents sort out the safe from the scary when it comes to children's toys. Searchable by name, brand or toy type, the site is based on the Ecology Center's recent study of the lead content in 1,200 toys. Each toy entry, complete with images and other useful information, also includes data from the study on arsenic, cadmium, chlorine and mercury content. The site offers other resources for parents, as well, about chemicals in toys and how to be involved with the Ecology Center's efforts to strengthen laws governing the manufacture of toys.
For ParentMap's recommendations for safe toys this holiday season, take a look at our Annual Holiday Gift Guide, our Educational Gift Guide and our article "Best Educational Toys — Without lead paint" for kids 3-5.