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We are planning a trip to Ikea soon and I'm trying to decide if I trust their toys and items to be safe or not. I sort of do because they are made to stricter European standards, but looking through the children's dishes they have some made of polycarbonate (ie contains BPA). The toys don't say what type of paint is on them... what do you think?
 

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Most Ikea stuff is MIC. I don't see how any big company can police as much as they say/think they can or do. Ikea furniture and clear cutting forests is also a current issue.<br><br>
There is a reason things are 'cheap'. Plain and simple. Maybe Ikea and Target 'try harder' than Walmart or whatever, or maybe they pay better or offer better healthcare packages...but I would ask how on earth they could police all the 3rd world country factories well and sell down quilts for twenty bucks or 'good' wooden toys for $3 etc.<br><br>
ETA-- As the risk of sounding like a tree-hugging freak <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I realize that people don't always want to sit on rocks. I myself own an Ikea sofa...which I hope was obtained from renewable wood sources...and I hoped was probably the lesser of the corporate evils. Even if they are trying, Ikea is the #3 purchaser of new wood in the world (Home Depot and Lowe's are 1 and 2). It's just not possible to keep the world in new furniture and playthings and never buy un-sustainable wood. It's also not possible to police all the lead paint it takes to supply Ikea with toys.
 

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I like Ikea. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> I wouldn't furnish my house with their stuff, but I like that they DO try harder than other big companies. The reduction in packaging alone probably makes a big difference!<br><br>
We have some of their toys....the train set, the "roller coaster", and we had the stacking toy, too. Ds LOVES all of them. The stacking toy has a center core of rubber, and that broke and dh was able to connect it again. Something you can't do with plastic.<br><br>
Sure, the ideal is to buy everything from WAHM's, totally sustainable, organic companies, etc. However, for those of us who don't have a huge disposable income, Ikea makes products of decent quality, for not much money, and without a bunch of logos/product placements.
 

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Right...but we are talking saefty here...and I don't think Ikea can poilice the paint from MIC toys anymore than anyone else. Ikea has had recalls as well.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Most Ikea stuff is MIC. I don't see how any big company can police as much as they say/think they can or do. Ikea furniture and clear cutting forests is also a current issue.<br>
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Citations please. Up here there is hardly anthing MIC, and they say they don't clear cut.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Everything I have picked up and looked at in my IKEA is MIC.</div>
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Yeah. It's hard to keep track of all the big company MIC items, but they are numerous. Ikea is big, Walmart is huge. Target is giant. I don't exactly understand why people think Ikea doesn't have MIC goods...they are trying to keep the people in cool inexpensive items...and that takes some doing.<br><br>
There have been numerous recalls over the years, on all sorts of items, for all sorts of reasons.<br><br>
It's easy to find Ikea recalls on the internet. Heck, I like Ikea, but when you are a huge international company, supplying billions of items to folks for cheap, you are going to have the same issues as other large companies. Maybe you are the lesser of the evils, but still. Perfection is hard to come by. You can't have a house of cheap stuff for nothing...<br><br><a href="http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=IKEA+recalls" target="_blank">http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=IKEA+recalls</a><br><br><a href="http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=IKEA+toy+recalls" target="_blank">http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=IKEA+toy+recalls</a>
 

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Here's a Mother Jones article on Ikea and clear cutting...and showing some MIC items.<br><br><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/commentary/ednote/2008/01/editors-note.html" target="_blank">http://www.motherjones.com/commentar...tors-note.html</a><br><br>
And hey, check this out-- even the Chinese started shopping at Ikea when they started carrying MIC items. Everyone likes a bargain:<br><br><a href="http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB114132199911087764-tW3WPLa1lyRELapS_f_cceNiv4s_20060309.html?mod=regionallinks" target="_blank">http://online.wsj.com/public/article...=regionallinks</a><br><br>
And we crazy westerners still think it's this cozy store with goods made by well paid Swedes. It's the walfart of China, really. And not that I would not like a 100% organic 100% cotton handmade queen size quilt made by people making $25/hr with full health bennies for $50. Or lovely handmade wooden German toys made from sustainable wood for $3. I would. Just let me know where that is and I am there.
 
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