January 18, 2022

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Futurism: Parents, beware: Plastic toys may come with risky chemicals

Whether it’s a Baby Yoda, a plastic building brick, or a fashion doll, all toys contain chemicals that give them desired properties: the right hardiness or elasticity, bright colors, and fragrances.

But these chemicals could also come with health risks, says Olivier Jolliet, professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

Earlier this year, Jolliet and colleagues published a global study that looked at hundreds of chemicals in toys and found more than 100 chemicals of concern. They also specifically studied exposure to chemicals via mouthing of toys, teethers, and pacifiers.

Here, Jolliet and coauthor Lei Huang, a research specialist in environmental health sciences, discuss what they learned, what can be done to change things, and how the findings may affect what you buy your kids this holiday season:

Additional coauthors are from the Technical University of Denmark and the United Nations Environment Programme. The researchers expect to publish a follow-up study next year.

Source: University of Michigan

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