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Or are you avoiding all things MIC?<br><br><a href="http://www.onestepahead.com/home.jsp" target="_blank">One Step Ahead</a> has come out with a statement regarding the recent recalls, lead issues, etc in toys, and assures it's customers that their products have been tested by independent labs and are safe.<br><br>
I would rather avoid MIC products all together, but there is a particular toy I'd like to get DD that I cannot find from another manufacturer. It's <a href="http://www.onestepahead.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=233&cmSource=Search" target="_blank">this bead maze</a>. I also called the manufacturer of the toy, Anatex, and was assured that they use their own factories in China, and that their items are regularly tested and are safe.<br><br>
I'm obviously not addressing the political and human rights aspects of MIC things here, I'm just curious as to others' thoughts on the safety aspect.<br><br>
I'm almost 100% on board with MIC boycott, but I still waver a bit with drawing the line...I still use my Klean Kanteen, for example.<br><br>
Are anyone else's line wavering too?
 

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I got that exact bead maze a couple of years ago (before I saw the thing on PBS about working conditions in China and the recalls started.) I can tell you DS's lead levels are normal and we live in a 100 year old house, so one expects slight exposure anyway. From what I saw on the PBS thing working conditions in foriegn owned factories are usually much better than those that just sell to foreign importers. However it does support a fascist regime.<br><br>
It's a tough call to make.
 

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I am not exactly boycotting (I don't think it's totally China's fault that this happened, they were following American instructions), but I have started consciously trying to buy Made in America items, preferably handmade or small-business. I just think it's better to support my own economy, plus I think plastic is ugly. Most of C's presents this year are wooden American-made toys, but there might be some books or something printed in China. I don't care terribly much.
 

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I don't avoid MIC at all. If I think DS will enjoy a toy and it won't add to our clutter, I'll buy it. I can't afford to buy all fabulous organic natural toys. DH and I had plenty of plastic cr*p--Big Wheel, SitnSpin, BriteLite anyone?--and we escaped w/ only marginal damage. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I respect people who avoid MIC for humanitarian reasons, but IMO the worry about lead is a little overboard. I won't be buying my new baby any painted or plastic toys, obviously, but I'm just not so worried about my 2.5 y/o, not to mention have you TRIED avoiding all MIC products? Very difficult.
 

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I recently bought some m&d wooden toys for our new willow toys kitchen. I am asking all family to not buy toys from china but I am fairly confident that some toys from China are safe. I am also concerned about child labor and unfair treatment of workers.<br>
Toys made in Thailand may not be recalled, but my guess is that they are still made in sweatshops. People complain (not here but in real life) about undocumented workers "stealing" American jobs....and then everything they purchase is made in another country. I would rather give my hard earned dollar to American workers...both documented, undocumented any kind of American worker....for the most part at least.<br>
I have a question about the boycott, are people trying not to buy ANYTHING made in China. I commend them for that.....because we are trying not to buy anything made in china as far as toys...but everything seems to be made in china...clothes, furniture, cookware...how do people do it?<br>
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Can you find out about factory conditions?<br><br>
My own personal biggest concern with MIC stuff is that I don't know if the factory workers are being paid a living wage or have decent working conditions- in addition to safety concerns about the items themselves.<br><br>
Since OSA owns this particular factory and can guarantee the safety of the products produced there, can they also give information about working conditions at their factory? It's not that 'everyting made in China is evil' but that there are lower standards and many MIC things can be unsafe and/or immorrally made. By avoiding random, unverifiable "MIC" items you're eliminating that risk. But if a particular item's safety (both of the product and the way it was made) can be verified, then IMO the country of origin is irrellivent.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I am not exactly boycotting...I have started consciously trying to buy Made in America items, preferably handmade or small-business. I just think it's better to support my own economy, plus I think <b>plastic is ugly</b>.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: I don't think DH and I are buying DS anything MIC this Christmas but some relatives have because they just don't get it. Oh well, if it's something I absolutely hate I'll just return it, otherwise I'll keep it.<br><br>
I'm an artist so I try to support other American craftspeople (and recently a Portugues one and a Canadian one by buying their stuff on Etsy.com) . When I sell things at art/craft fairs it amazes me how much people agonize whether to buy something I made and then walk away but then they'll go to WalMart and spend twice as much on somthing mass produced overseas <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Cuss.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="cuss">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My own personal biggest concern with MIC stuff is that I don't know if the factory workers are being paid a living wage or have decent working conditions- in addition to safety concerns about the items themselves.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: I am also worried about the lead issues, but more so about the working conditions and if companies are engaging in fair trade/work practices. It seems that the lead issues are what people discuss, and often the work conditions are overlooked/not mentioned - especially how our national corporations are complicit. Thanks for stating it so well.
 

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I don't care about China. I try to buy Fair Trade and ethical products... However before I was just believing the companies (M&D <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> ) whereas now I think I'll be looking for the Fair Trade label.
 

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I would as long as I knew that my kid wouldn't be chewing on it.<br><br>
On a side note, that small bead maze seems rather overpriced, no?
 

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I don't have any idea where the stuff I bought DD for Christmas came from.<br><br>
I think the MIC boycott is a bit misguided, in that Chinese products probably aren't any worse than products from most other non-western countries. I actually think the whole mess is the fault of US companies who should have known something about how business works in China (where so many things are all about your personal network) and that they were extremely irresponsible not to be testing long before this mess came to light.
 

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Aufilia, I personally think that things made in Eastern European countries and places like Turkey and Morocco are likely to be made much better than things made in China. Anyway, I buy clothes made in Turkey, Poland, Morocco, etc. and I have been much happier than their MIC counterparts.<br><br>
I think the US companies were blaming the Chinese for their own mistakes. On Al Jazeera they reported that something like between 70 and 80% of all the problems were design-related.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Ikea has a similar bead maze--not sure where it's made, but most of their wooden toys are made in Thailand.</div>
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Um, I love Ikea, but the do have MIC items (for those concerned.) We still have the bead maze from Ikea that's inexpensive. I just looked at the label and it say "Made in the People's Republic of China." Now being Ikea, I hope there's some fair labor laws in practice (haven't checked yet...) However, my children were lead tested in the last year and were fine (we live in an old house which was a greater concern to me than their toys.)
 

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I tried boycotting toys made in china and I couldn't find anything NOT made in China! So I started looking into inspection standards. That's why I will be buying my toys from Discovery Toys. They have strict inspection standards. Ikea has strict inspection standards too. My kids love the toy from Ikea that is a wooden handle toy that has a spinner thing on the floor. It's loud, but they love it! If you want to look at some Discovery Toys here is a link for you... they are educational and my neighbor said she's had hers for like 10 years, so they last too!<br><a href="http://www.discoverytoyslink.com/esuite/home/learntoday" target="_blank">http://www.discoverytoyslink.com/esuite/home/learntoday</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I tried boycotting toys made in china and I couldn't find anything NOT made in China! So I started looking into inspection standards. That's why I will be buying my toys from Discovery Toys. They have strict inspection standards. Ikea has strict inspection standards too. My kids love the toy from Ikea that is a wooden handle toy that has a spinner thing on the floor. It's loud, but they love it! If you want to look at some Discovery Toys here is a link for you... they are educational and my neighbor said she's had hers for like 10 years, so they last too!<br><a href="http://www.discoverytoyslink.com/esuite/home/learntoday" target="_blank">http://www.discoverytoyslink.com/esuite/home/learntoday</a></div>
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How about wooden toys made in America like these?: <a href="http://hyenacart.com/annemozeallwoodtoys/" target="_blank">http://hyenacart.com/annemozeallwoodtoys/</a><br>
Ebay has some crafter who make wooden toys as well. I found some <a href="http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQfgtpZ1QQfrppZ25QQsassZkingfishQ5fii" target="_blank">trucks, cars and a wooden helicopter here.</a><br>
Three Sisters Toys also has some great, safe wooden items.<br><br>
You can find things, you just have to research and be a bit savvy about it. (Plus helping other MDC mamas doesn't hurt. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> )
 

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I started selling Discovery Toys. (and I'm a MDC mommy too...) but yes, I agree. Being savvy about toys has been a higher priority now than a few years ago with all this scarry recalls about lead paint and all. I can't believe that toy manufacturers of all businesses will let some standards go just to make profits. Do they not have kids of their own?<br><br>
ps. I am all about supporting MDC mommies!! Thanks for the links!
 
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