Chemicals in toys
Like many other consumer products, toys can be composed of a diverse range of different materials, such as plastics, textiles or metals. As with many other consumer products, the chemical composition of toys is often unknown and some of the chemicals, intentionally or unintentionally present in toys, may have hazardous properties. This is highly concerning, since children can be especially vulnerable to health impacts of certain chemicals and are potentially exposed to them via dermal contact, mouthing or inhalation. In addition, increased circularity and recycling rates of materials, can lead to the introduction of hazardous chemicals as unintentional contaminants into the toys value-chain.
Considering these concerns and challenges, chemicals of concern in toys have been a priority sector for activities under the Strategic Approach to Chemicals Management (SAICM). A current project aims at accelerating the adoption of measures by value chains stakeholders, including governments, to track and control chemicals in the supply chains of toys.
Chemicals of concern in plastic toys
HighlightsWe provide prioritization criteria and screen risks of chemicals in plastic toys.Highest child risk is observed for multiple plasticizers in soft plastic toys.Quantified exposures combined with toxicity data yields 126 chemicals of concern.Critical need for material composition data and for a mouthing exposure model.Screening method able to quantify acceptable chemical content in toy materials.Read More
Life cycle based alternatives assessment (LCAA) for chemical substitution
The world faces an increasing need to phase out harmful chemicals and design sustainable alternatives across various consumer products and industrial applications. Alternatives assessment is an emerging field focusing on identifying viable solutions to substitute harmful chemicals. However, current methods fail to consider trade-offs from human and ecosystem exposures, and from impacts associated with chemical supply chains and product life cycles. To close this gap, we propose a life cycle based alternatives assessment (LCAA) framework for consistently integrating quantitative exposure and life cycle impact estimates in the substitution process.Read More
Summary on Chemicals in Toys Policy in China
China is one of the largest producers, exporters and consumers of toy products in the world. In order to ensure the quality and safety of toys, and...Read More
Understanding chemicals in products: SAICM Policy Brief
The transparency of information about chemicals in global supply chains has been an emerging policy issue for the Strategic Approach to...Read More
Project document: Global Best Practices on Emerging Chemical Policy Issues of Concern under the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)
Project document of Global Best Practices on Emerging Chemical Policy Issues of Concern under the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM).Read More