It’s not Just A Toy: It’s Toxic

Public is warned on

toxic toys

Toxic Toys

Ecowaste Coalition recently conducted a test using X-Ray Fluorescence spectrometer on 450 toy samples bought in key cities of Metro Manila. And the results were frightening.  217 out of 450 toy samples were found to be containing toxic materials such as lead, antimony, mercury, cadmium, arsenic and chromium.

What’s more alarming is that out of the 217 toxic toys, 176 samples have high lead content even violating the allowable  US limit . Lead is a chemical  commonly found in paints that were used to coat these toxic toys.

Toxic Toys

Here is the list of toxic toys and their lead content released by EcoWaste Coalition. Remember the benchmark for a toy to be safe is 90 parts per million (ppm) for lead in paint and surface coatings.

1.  An unlabeled yellow painted play chair with “Winnie the Pooh” design.

Toxic content: 43,100 ppm lead

2. A naked girl doll holding a yellow towel

Toxic content:  23,200 ppm lead, 8,909 ppm chromium, 1,441 ppm arsenic and 655 ppm cadmium.

3. A black and yellow polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic boxing gloves with “SpongeBob Squarepants” design

Toxic content:  9,356 ppm  lead

4.  An unlabeled rug doll with yellow PVC plastic dress

Toxic content: 7,014 ppm lead

5. A “Justice League Superman” stuffed toy

Toxic content: 6,735 ppm lead, 2,415 ppm chromium, 271 ppm arsenic and 180 ppm antimony.

6. A  “Style Beauty Series” doll

Toxic content:  5,467 ppm  lead, 849 ppm chromium and 177 ppm arsenic.

7.  A red and green dragon

Toxic content: 5,207 ppm of lead

8. A “Pocket Bola Pikachu” toy

Toxic content: 5,165 ppm  lead

9.  A “Fashion Doll” wearing green PVC plastic dress

Toxic content: 5,027 ppm  lead

10.  A “Ji Hua” jumping rope (green cord)

Toxic content: 4,279 ppm of

So how do kids get lead exposure with these

toxic toys


According to World Health Organization (WHO) , once these toxic toys are broken or damaged, small particles are released. Our children then are exposed either thru ingestion since kids commonly have the hand to mouth behavior or inhalation of lead dust. Toxic Toys

Although this is only low exposure, WHO stressed that ” At lower levels of exposure that cause no visible symptoms (and that previously were considered safe), lead is now known to produce a spectrum of injuries that lead to reduced cognitive abilities, shortening of attention span, alteration of behavior, dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, hypertension, renal impairment, immunotoxicity and toxicity to the reproductive organs. In general, these effects are permanent.”

How can we steer away from these

toxic toys


Simple. Read and check the label.

There’s no label? Then don’t buy it.

According to Republic Act No. 10620 known as Toy and Game Safety Labelling Act of 2013 signed just last September –” All toys and games locally or internationally manufactured that are imported, donated, distributed and sold in the Philippines shall comply with the appropriate provisions on safety labeling and manufacturer’s markings found in the Philippine National Standards (PNS) for the safety of toys:”

Label as defined by this provision is  “the display of written, printed or graphic matter on any consumer product, its immediate container, tag, literature or other suitable material affixed thereto for the purpose of giving information as to identify components, ingredients, attributes, directions for use, specifications and such other information as may be required by law or regulations.”

Toxic Toys

 On a wider scale, to avoid these toxic toys, United Nations (UN) launched the first  “International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action” last October 20 to 26, 2013.  Together with  EcoWaste Coalition again and Philippine Pediatric Society, UN appealed to the government and public to make our environment toxin-free.

Mama Notes:

Toys will never be passé  in every kid’s wish list. And now that the Holiday season is crawling in, a lot of toys will surely make it to the gift wrapping section queue. Of course as responsible moms/parent, we must make sure that none of these toxic toys must be inside those colorful gift wraps and ribbons .

Toxic Toys

Yes, labeled or quality toys can be more expensive. We might be able to save a few pesos buying the cheap toxic toys. But chances are these savings will not compensate the medical expenses we might be spending due to illnesses brought about by these toxic toys.

In giving toys as gifts, we only don’t want to bring smiles right? Above anything else, the most precious gift we can give our kids is a happy  heart,  and a HEALTHY one too.


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