Wal-Mart and Toys R us will stop carrying any toys made with this hormone-disruptor plastic as of January 1st, 2009. (be careful this holiday season, though, as toys will not yet be removed.) And the even better news is that the ban puts the responsibility on the manufacturer to clean up their act. Toys will need to be tested for lead and phthalates before entering the marketplace. This doesn’t mean we as consumers are off the hook from being vigilant but it is a step in the plastic-free direction.
Take a look at the following: Co-op America’s Green Gift guide for the fall. If you are going to be making purchases for your home or back to school or gifts, there are so many creative, environmentally friendly ways to do it (ex, our new bday gift we give out is an adopt an endangered animal from WWF). From shoes to stainless steel water bottles there are ways to make our purchases responsibly.