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