Lucky Kids Mag – Missing the Point – Organic Onesies and Vinyl?

Okay, so I received a copy of the new Lucky Kids Magazine. And it does not purport to be a parenting magazine, but, just like its parent, Lucky Kids is a shopping magazine for kids.

So, I wasn’t expecting all that much really in terms of green or natural. I mean, a shopping magazine is really at odds with the whole going green concept. Consumerism is at odds with the going green concept.

But, well, I admit surprise. There is a cute section with etsy finds – and I love supporting the primarily small crafters. I love etsy.

The toy story section has some of my all time favorite toys - all soy crayons, Crayon Rocks, from Stubby Pencil Studio and Hanno the Gorilla - as well as some cool toys I hadn’t found before, such as handmade wings (how cool! although wondering if the plated charm passes the CPSIA . . . )

But, I was struck by the MiniSpy page, which picked out the best organic onesies and then also recommended wall decals as “the ideal way to give personality to a kid’s room.” Hmmm.

Y’all know those wall decals are almost always vinyl, right? That’s right. Vinyl, as in polyvinyl chloride plastic. Somtimes referred to as the most toxic plastic.

And, if those lovely vinyl wall decals aren’t children’s products – that is, intended for children under the age of 12, they may have lead in them. Now, before you tell me your kids won’t lick the wall decals, keep in mind that lead in a vinyl doesn’t like being in the matrix and will migrate to the surface, particularly with exposure to light, heat and/or friction. And then can come off as lead contaminated dust.

Is it enough to be a risk? I can’t say, but lead exposure is additive, so coupled with lead contaminated dust from older homes, lead in our water, lead in soils from lead’s long use as a gasoline additive, our kids get more than enough lead already. They don’t need it from wall decals.

If lead isn’t used to stabilize the vinyl, then you could have maganese, or cadmium, or some other metallic salt. Vinyl must be stabilized.

Also, since the wall decals are toys or child care articles, they aren’t subject to the CPSIA’s phthalate ban. That means that hormone disrupting phthalates can be present since phthalates are used soften vinyl.

So why recommend such a product on the same page as organic onesies? Yuck.

And my next post will talk about the sunscreen recommendations . . . .

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Comments

  1. I so agree! Lucky isn’t the only one. The giant Pottery Barn enterprise does the same thing– eco lunch bags… and vinyl.

  2. Erin says:

    It’s amazing to me how these companies don’t “get it”! I own an online organic baby store and I just received a shipment from a company that makes absolutely adorable organic hooded baby towels…and each one was packaged in vinyl! It was off-gasing so bad I had to take it outside so it wouldn’t affect my own kids. I immediately sent them back and the company representative I talked to was shocked and stated she had never had a complaint before.

  3. Tricia says:

    Hi. Thanks for the info on Lucky Kids. We just opened a store focused all on green stuff for babies, for similar reasons as what you mentioned about shopping for kids. We really wanted to make some small (and big – cloth diapers, etc.) changes when our son was born and we ended up making a store out of. Please check it out. http://www.thechangingtablebaby.com
    Thanks!

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