*It is always important to do your own research when shopping for your children’s products.*
Upon educating ourselves regarding children’s products; the information we found has been unexpected to say the least.
It may be a surprise to some that the majority of toys and products made for children contain harsh chemicals and toxins (even some of the largest and most “reputable” toy companies).
That is why we decided to create this Did you know article.
There is so much unknown about plastics and toxins in our world; the information is out there but not common knowledge.
Toys are a large part of childhood development and throughout family homes; they go into our children’s mouths and hands, in the bath and on the table. While we can try to avoid plastics, we sadly are not exactly safe with all types of wood. Read more to learn why...
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Plywood and Formaldehyde.
Unfortunately a lot of wooden toys are made unethically; such as with plywood.
Plywood is made with layers of veneer bonded together using a chemical resin. This resin contains Formaldehyde and releases toxic vapor that emit lower levels of vapor. Although deemed safe with the small amount of toxins in wooden plywood toys, we at Natural Way Toys do not believe in any amount of toxins touching children’s skin or going into children’s mouths. That’s why we use only untreated solid wood.
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Treated vs Untreated Wood.
All wood is treated differently (as mentioned previously with plywood).There are certain applications for all wood types and especially treated wood vs untreated wood. Treated wood is typically produced to prolong the deterioration lifespan of the wood. An example would be for construction applications - the Wood is infused with chemicals like ACQ(Ammoniacal Copper Quaternary) in a pressure treatment procedure. Since this chemical along with others is found to be toxic to fungus and insects it poses a health concern and is not recommended for toy manufacturing.
Untreated wood is simply just that, the wood is left completely natural with no chemical treatment process.
We pride ourselves on only using locally sourced, untreated wood. Our belief is to design toys not only strong and built to last but also 100% natural.
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Eco System - Wood vs Plastic.
One of the many reasons that we started creating children's toys from wood was due to the environmental impact. Wooden toys when disposed of, are completely eco-safe and will decompose into reusable compost for continued plant growth.
Plastics when disposed of can take hundreds of years to decompose. The pollutants will leak into our soil and water, especially in larger quantities. Plastics can litter our oceans and land leaving the animal life extremely negatively impacted. It’s been found that Sea Turtles among many other animals eat plastics or find themselves being harmed. Oceans, rainforests and glaciers have been devastatingly affected by plastics.
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Popular companies manufacturing toys in China.
Many large wooden toy companies manufacture their toys in China. The issue is that regulations can become lower in other countries. Painted wood toys for example have been shown to have heavier content of metals like lead, while also being finished in a cheaper lacquer. The goal is to produce mass quantities of toys while the quality falls short. Recalls in the past have stemmed from high levels of formaldehyde content in plywood to harsh chemicals being used in the paint/glue.
We use only AP Certified Non-Toxic glue made in the USA. Keeping the wood unfinished is always the safest option in our opinion with the exception of finishing with a food grade safe oil like coconut oil.
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Connecting children to Nature.
Children are born scientists and natural investigators - Using natural wooden toys, connects children to their natural world and encourages imagination. Wood is a special material our world has given to us that children can explore in so many ways:
it is an open-ended material, opening doors to build skills in all areas of development (fine & gross motor, cognitive, social/emotional and language).
Children can feel the various textures of wood, observe the grooves, grain, mineral spots and knots.
Each piece of wood is unique and beautiful in it’s own way.
“Consider the typical materials available for infants and toddlers. Most of them are made with bright, primary - colored, hard plastic surfaces and commercial cartoon-like figures designed to beckon children’s attention...Once the child figures out the simple ways of using the toy, there is little to engage with”
Curtis, D., & Carter, M. (2008). Chapter 3 ENHANCE THE CURRICULUM WITH MATERIALS. In Learning Together With Young Children (First ed., p. 56). St Paul MN, US: Redleaf Press.