—McDonald’s to cut plastics in Happy Meal toys “ ” The fast-food chain McDonald’s says it is revamping the toys that come with its Happy Meals to be more sustainable. The company’s goal is to reduce its use of virgin fossil fuel–based plastic by 90% by 2025 from a 2018 baseline. The firm says the new toys will include figurines made from plant-derived or recycled plastics. It says preliminary efforts in Europe have already resulted in more sustainable Minions toys. /business/consumer-products/McDonalds-cut-plastics-Happy-Meal/99/i35 20210924 Concentrates 99 35 /magazine/99/09935.html McDonald’s to cut plastics in Happy Meal toys plastics, recycling, fossil fuel con bus Michael McCoy business consumer-products An example of a plastic toy that McDonald's says will be made from plant-based raw materials.,McDonald's,A photo of a plastic toy.,Plastics , McDonald’s to cut plastics in its toys Chemical & Engineering News McDonald’s to cut plastics in Happy Meal toys McDonald’s to cut plastics in Happy Meal toys McDonald’s to cut plastics in Happy Meal toys
by Michael McCoy | September 24, 2021
The groups claim that when small children chew on such toys the plasticizer diisononyl phthalate (DINP)--which makes up 17 to 40% of the material--leaches from the toy and can be ingested at a rate sufficient to cause possible kidney and liver damage. Although scientists agree that DINP would cause kidney and liver damage in humans at high concentrations, they do not agree about whether soft vinyl toys release enough DINP to pose a danger.
by Bette Hileman | November 30, 1998
—PHTHALATES IN TOYS “EU bans some phthalates in toys and child care products” GOVERNMENT REGULATION European Union nations have agreed unanimously to place permanent restrictions on some phthalates used in children’s toys and child care products. Phthalates are often used as plasticizers in polyvinyl chloride products to make them soft, rather than rigid. New legislation would essentially ban DEHP [di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate], DBP (di-n-butyl phthalate), and BBP (butyl benzyl phthalate) from all toys and child care articles. And it would basically ban the phthalates DINP (diisononyl phthalate), DIDP (diisodecyl phthalate), and DNOP (di-n-octyl phthalate) in toys for children under three years of age that could be placed in their mouths. “The compromise reached today is an important step forward in helping reduce the risks to children from certain phthalates in toys and child care articles,” says Olli Rehn, EU commissioner for enterprise and information society. In 1999, the EU placed temporary bans on these phthalates in toys and child care articles.
by BETTE HILEMAN | October 04, 2004
>/span> Earlier this month, British retail giant Tesco stood by its decision to label a kiddie chemistry set a boys’ toy, explaining via Twitter that its designation was determined by shopping habits. It has since backtracked after receiving criticism from consumers and gender equality groups. Online advocacy group Let Toys Be Toys cried foul on Twitter, saying that if schools took a Tesco approach, teachers wouldn’t bother teaching science to girls.
by Sophia L. Cai | May 20, 2013
If satisfactory biopolymers are found, they could be used to replace PVC and phthalate additives used in many toys, Mattel says. Phthalates, at levels as high as 55% by weight, are used to make PVC toys soft and pliable, and when children chew on such toys, small amounts of phthalate can leach into their mouths. Mattel anticipates using PVC substitutes in toys as early as 2001, first in toys for children under age three. Photo by Peggy Corrigan The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) does not think such action is necessary, but it isn't sure. A year ago, the commission released a study of diisononyl phthalate (DINP), which is used as the softening agent in most pliable PVC toys. The study says that few, if any, children are at risk from PVC toys because the leached DINP does not reach a level that would be harmful. At that time, CPSC recommended that a Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel made up of independent scientists be assembled to do an additional scientific assessment of potential risk from DINP.
by Bette Hileman | December 13, 1999
—EU Bans Three Phthalates From Toys, Restricts Three More “” CHEMICALS POLICY The European Parliament voted on July 5 to prohibit the use of three phthalate plasticizers in toys and child care items and to restrict three other plasticizers throughout the European Union. Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP), di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP), and benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) are banned from all toys and child care items. And diisononyl phthalate (DINP), diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP), and di-n-octyl phthalate (DNOP) are banned from toys and child care items that children can put in the mouth. According to the European Commission, DEHP, DBP, and BBP are reproductive toxicants, but the risks of the other three phthalates are uncertain.
by BETTE HILEMAN | July 11, 2005
C&EN: LATEST NEWS - PHTHALATES IN TOYS October 4, 2004 Volume 82, Number 40 p. 11 GOVERNMENT REGULATION PHTHALATES IN TOYS EU bans some phthalates in toys and child care products BETTE HILEMAN EDGAR ECPI PHOTO European Union nations have agreed unanimously to place permanent restrictions on some phthalates used in childrens toys and child care products.
by BETTE HILEMAN | October 04, 2004