Mom's Toy Challenge

Skye - posted on 12/06/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Dear Moms, I encourage to participate in my toy challenge! Count how many toys your child has. How many of those toys are made in China? How many toys does your child have that are made in the U.S.? As many of you know, there have been a great number of recalled toys in the past couple years due to high lead content, all from China. Could buying toys made in China be dangerous to our children's health? It seems so. Certainly it's not environmentally friendly, having to travel many thousands of miles from production to store to our home. Could we be unintentionally supporting child labor? It's possible. Buying toys 100% made in the U.S. not only reduces our carbon footprint, but supports our economy as well. In 2005, Wal-mart acknowledged that it purchased $18 billion worth of goods from China. I know that Wal-mart's prices (and that of competing big-chain stores) are affordable, but if we spend a few extra dollars in small family-owned stores on U.S. made products, we could stand against the outsourcing of jobs, child and/or underpaid labor, and extensive freight pollution. So please participate and post your findings here!

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Sherri - posted on 12/06/2010

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Sorry this is far to much work. I have 3 children and run an in home daycare. However, I wanted to add virtually very few toys are even manufactured in the US and even if you can find them most wouldn't be able to afford them. Sad to say in the least but the honest truth.

Sherri - posted on 12/08/2010

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I am not being dismissive I can guarantee we do not own 1 single toy made in the US. Why none on a retail shelf are manufactured in the US. I can not help that all electronics, toys that my kids want are not manufactured here, nor will I not purchase them because if so then my kids would own nothing. If there was a US alternative then I would purchase it. I purchase 90% organic foods because they are from the US, Try and only purchase cleaning products that are manufactured in the US. As far as toys or electronics virtually impossible.

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Tracy - posted on 12/08/2010

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It's NAFTA in action. The US doesn't MAKE anything anymore, and the few things they do are expensive. Levis jeans aren't even US made anymore.

Amanda - posted on 12/08/2010

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Sorry Skye you have a unrealistic view of the business world. It doesnt matter how much demand for usa made products, most products will still be made in china. Why? Because yours and my (canada) goverment have major trade deals with china, these deals are what keep our economies afloat. None of our governments are willing to ruin their trade relationships with China just because some people want USA/Canada made toys.

Instand spend all that engery you have (which must be a ton if you can sort through toys and check the made in whatever tags) and demand that your government insist helping China change their regulations! At least that is a possible goal to hit.

Skye - posted on 12/08/2010

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Please, don't dismiss this just because it's hard. I realize as moms we have a lot on our plate. Keeping our houses clean, staying involved in our children's education, staying in touch with family and friends so they don't think we've fallen off the face of the earth, keeping ourselves and our families safe and healthy, working outside of the home, and maybe even trying to find a little "me time." But that doesn't mean this challenge isn't worth the time. The whole idea is to make a better future for our kids. If there is more demand for U.S. made toys, the price will eventually go down and create more jobs thus boosting our economy. It should also cut back on pollution because fewer toys will be shipped across the Pacific. Large corporate chains have pushed the need for convenience and low prices into the faces of Americans so hard that it has encouraged the false belief that if something takes a little more time and little more money, it isn't worth it. The old excuse it’s too hard needs to be retired, because change takes effort. Please at least try.

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