THE ALTERNATIVE: Although products containing dangerous petroleum distillates often get recalled, others still make their way onto the market. If you’re buying plastic toys, make sure you look at the label. Avoid products labeled “vinyl” or “PVC” and make sure plastic toys are labeled “phthalate-free.” Otherwise, look for toys and dolls made of unpainted wood, organic cotton or other natural ingredients. And to reduce toy waste, consider inheriting hand-me-downs from friends or families whose children have outgrown their toys or even check out toy rental services on the Web.
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