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post #21 of 58
Thanks for posting this; I've been looking for a company / set of products to replace all the ones of my dd's I've had to get rid of. (Almost all her favourite toys -- gifts from grandparents, mostly -- were the ones recalled... it broke my heart getting rid of all of them last night. )
post #22 of 58
[QUOTEapple_dumplinghen dd was younger, I got her some toys from Oompa toys. Lots of gorgeous toys made in Europe on that site, though a little pricey (but worth it IMO)][/QUOTE]

Oompa toys is a great website to get toys, I have numerous things for ds from there. However, while most of the toys are designed in Europe and made in Europe some are designed in Europe and made in China. You can read the fine print about the toys on the site. Just FYI.
post #23 of 58
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It sounds like they're being responsible about testing, but it's too bad that they continue to have their products manufactured in China. I'll be looking for alternatives in the future.
I will no longer purchase toys made in China, either. Too risky anymore.

I am glad to read that the people who tested their M&D toys for lead have all received negative results, though. I still won't purchase any more in the future.
post #24 of 58
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Originally Posted by BakingMama;8917052Oompa toys is a great website to get toys, I have numerous things for ds from there. However, while most of the toys are designed in Europe and made in Europe some are [U
designed in Europe and made in China[/U]. You can read the fine print about the toys on the site. Just FYI.
: Thanks for that. I like to stay informed.. I'll definitely double check that next time I buy from there.
post #25 of 58
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IME, it is quite simple. As a matter of fact, avoiding products made in China has really opened my eyes to all the cool toys made in Europe and the US. There are lots of threads here on MDC that have links to great toy websites that sell these types of toys.

If anyone is actually interested, I'd be glad to post some links.
Well I would love to have a list of where you buy a lot of your products! And I wasn't referring to just toys!!

This conversation has been going on in my local AP forum and one mom has realized it is too hard to use made-in-USA-only products and even has had a hard time finding things simply NOT made in China, which is her new goal.

So many things are from there -- she talked about all this extra time it took to find a pair of frames for new glasses that weren't MIC -- going through tons of them.

Given the amount of MIC stuff in our house now, and knowing how hard everybody else has had locally, I wuld have to say it's really not that simple.

I believe somebody in that group said even Haba are MIC?
post #26 of 58
I was just in a toy store today, looking through everything, and noticed even some European companies products are made in China, AND when I got home looked up the kitchen I was going to get DS for the holidays at Oompa toys: designed in Switzerland, made in China.

My sister really likes Plan Toys, and we've liked what we've seen so far, made of rubberwood and non-toxic vegetable dyes. Made in Thailand. Anyone hear anything about them?

I too would like to see riverscout's list! please post when you can!
post #27 of 58
I would love to see a list of places that don't sell things made in china, in fact I think I will PM you. The whole china thing has really freaked me out.
Yes M&D says they hold their products to the highest standards but like others have said so does mattel.
It makes me ill thinking of all those toys out there with the lead paint on them. A lot of people I know ( MIL my parents ect) specifically bought my daughter toys BECAUSE the thought mattel was a good brand. We have all been too broke to buy toys since may but if we hadn't been we could have ended up with one of those things in our house. I mean with lead, there is no way to know by looking they seem just find until you find out they aren't. I am seriously thinking of getting rid of all of our made in china toys even though they are not on the recall list. I mean, those toys that are on the list now were not on the list a month ago you know?
Ugh, maybe im over reacting.
post #28 of 58
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Originally Posted by peapiebaby View Post
Well I would love to have a list of where you buy a lot of your products! And I wasn't referring to just toys!!

This conversation has been going on in my local AP forum and one mom has realized it is too hard to use made-in-USA-only products and even has had a hard time finding things simply NOT made in China, which is her new goal.

So many things are from there -- she talked about all this extra time it took to find a pair of frames for new glasses that weren't MIC -- going through tons of them.

Given the amount of MIC stuff in our house now, and knowing how hard everybody else has had locally, I wuld have to say it's really not that simple.

I believe somebody in that group said even Haba are MIC?
I'm feeling kind of bad here for derailing this thread (sorry OP ), so I think the best thing to do is to point you and anyone who is interested in places to buy toys not MIC to this thread which is about just that topic. I posted with some links earlier today, and I also by chance addressed your question about Haba. I'll try and keep up with that thread and post more links if I think of any.

As far as avoiding all products made in China, that is definitely a whole 'nother thread. There was a thread along those lines the other day in TAO, but I didn't post because I didn't know where to start...or where to end for that matter. I could go on for days. It's a subject that I have thought a lot about. I have been avoiding products made in China and other countries with dubious labor practices for nearly 10 years now. It has been quite challenging at times. I fall short of being 100% free of MIC products, but I try my best. Toys though, they have been a breeze. There are just so many options.

I do realize that my daughter is only 21 months and has no idea about all the craptastic character based cheap Chinese toys lining the shelves of the local Toys 'R Us. I know it may not be this easy for me in the future when she is more aware of what's out there, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

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Sorry again OP for the tangent. I think it is really admirable that you are taking notice of the safety of your child's toys and taking action by contacting M&D. I didn't mean to sound so cynical in my first post.
post #29 of 58
I just got an email that a bunch of bibs also have lead!!!
http://money.cnn.com/2007/08/15/news...ibs/index.htm?
post #30 of 58
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Originally Posted by limabean View Post
It sounds like they're being responsible about testing, but it's too bad that they continue to have their products manufactured in China. I'll be looking for alternatives in the future.
Ditto that... I'm just tired of contributing to another country, why not keep jobs HERE?!

This Christmas will be a Less is More (ie. Quality over Quantity) type of thing.
post #31 of 58
That's a very comforting answer. I'm glad to hear it; I love Melissa and Doug stuff.
post #32 of 58
Where do you get a lead scanner from?
post #33 of 58
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Originally Posted by pellifoli View Post
My sister really likes Plan Toys, and we've liked what we've seen so far, made of rubberwood and non-toxic vegetable dyes. Made in Thailand. Anyone hear anything about them?
Plan has some nice toys - I've seen them in person and been very tempted. they have nice, simple wooden dollhouses - We had already bought an M&D one, but I wished we hadn't so I could get the Plan one. But are you sure they aren't made in China? The place I first saw them was actually at the children's market in Shanghai, then at other Shanghai department stores (the dept. stores carry loads of imported goods, but the market is generally all stuff MIC).

No doubt this is a scary issue, and a really big subject. we spent part of last year living in china (with me pregnant, and our toddler), and I would love the chance to go back. however, despite a lifetime of critical evaluation of our US government, I longed for the safety that comes from the EPA, USDA, and FDA! We in the US are terribly lucky to have created these safegaurds (even though I know they aren't as ethical or effective as they could be, we are lucky to have them). When i think of the generation(s) of chinese children who will grow up playing with lead-tainted toys, eating food from polluted sources, etc. etc. and the consequences it has for the entire society, it's a shame - especially when it's done to fuel the (largely) American consumption machine and to scrape what money can be gotten from the west. It's hard to point all the fingers at China when the drive to produce more more more cheaper cheaper cheaper is coming from our Walmart aisles and consumer-centered society. But as a parent and person living on a budget, it's also hard to shop by your ethics and not your pocketbook - I wish I could afford all european and american-made toys, not to mention going all organic!

anywho - glad to know M&D is diligent.

FYI - the manager of the factory that produced the Mattel toys hung himself this week. I didn't see it in the US news, but heard it from a friend in china.
post #34 of 58
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FYI - the manager of the factory that produced the Mattel toys hung himself this week. I didn't see it in the US news, but heard it from a friend in china.
post #35 of 58
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Originally Posted by Yo Becca View Post
FYI - the manager of the factory that produced the Mattel toys hung himself this week. I didn't see it in the US news, but heard it from a friend in china.
It was in the US news. I saw it on Today and a couple of other news stations. But no, it wasn't leading news and was rather buried.
post #36 of 58
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FYI - the manager of the factory that produced the Mattel toys hung himself this week. I didn't see it in the US news, but heard it from a friend in china.

It was on the news here. I read about it on CNN's webpage and saw it on their news on tv.
post #37 of 58
We only have a few M&D toys because even though they're wood they're not as nice as the European ones I've bought online (mostly Oompa.com and Amazon) and at specialty toy shops. We have:
Brio wooden stacker (made in Sweeden)
several Plan Toys (made in Thailand but made of beautiful wood)
Haba (my favorite and made in Germany)

I hate to admit it but when I heard about the recalls I was pretty smug about the whole thing because I was pretty sure we didn't have any of those toys since we rarely buy plastic anymore.


Oh one more thing about the toy recall, during the F-P one I heard on NPR that those recalled toys only count for about 1/10 of 1% (or some miniscule figure like that) of all the toys made in CHina. So over 99% of toys made in China are completely safe and lead free.
post #38 of 58
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Haba (my favorite and made in Germany)

Sadly, they have just recently switched their production to China. I learned this last night. Selecta is similar and is still made in Germany, at least as of right now. At this rate, who knows how long that will last though.
post #39 of 58
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Originally Posted by nascarbebe View Post
We only have a few M&D toys because even though they're wood they're not as nice as the European ones I've bought online (mostly Oompa.com and Amazon) and at specialty toy shops. We have:
Brio wooden stacker (made in Sweeden)
several Plan Toys (made in Thailand but made of beautiful wood)
Haba (my favorite and made in Germany)
Not all Haba toys are made in Germany anymore. More are being MIC.

Oops. Didn't refresh it before I replied and saw riverscout already replied. Sorry.
post #40 of 58
That's a bummer about HABA. I bet their prices don't go down.
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