PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, is the most dangerous plastic of all. BPA? Check. Pthalates? Check. Lead? Also check. So why is are these toxins found in so many children’s products? A coalition led by the Center for Health, Environment & Justice is presenting that question to the largest toy store in the world, Toys “R” Us, today at its flagship location in Times Square.


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The group is teaming up with the Teamsters at 11:30 a.m. to call on Toys “R” Us to hurry up and stop selling PVC. It will also announce the commission of a report for Congress on the toy company’s safety practices. Toys “R” Us says it has begun phasing out PVC products, but progress has been slow.

The report commission will be chaired by Professor Peter Orris of the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois, Chicago, a leading expert on toxic exposure. It should make for a page-turner.

In the meantime, be sure to avoid PVC in changing pads and toys for your favorite tot.

+ Center for Health, Environment & Justice

+ Toys “R” Us