Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on July 29, 2008
Kids’ toys have been under the spotlight for all the wrong reasons of late. From the illegal lead paint-laced Thomas the Tank Engines and other Chinese imports, which pose risks to a child’s neurological development, to the legal but highly controversial phthalate-laden rubber duckies and their plastic fantastic friends that impede the production of testosterone in infant boys. As the dangers associated with toys grow, it’s nice to see at least some home-grown companies taking a socially responsible approach.
Like Pottery Barn Kids. They’re offering super cute outdoor furniture made from Forest Stewardship Council woods. Presenting a wild animal theme, the furniture offers kids a playful out of Africa experience with chairs cut into the shapes of giraffes, elephants, lions and turtles. (Let’s hope they’re coated with low or no VOC varnish). Other eco efforts by the store include: the printing of catalogues on FSC certified paper; gift wrap, gift boxes and shipping cartons containing 30% recycled post-consumer waste; paper shopping bags containing 15% recycled post-consumer waste and Oeko-Tex approved healthy fiber bedding, towels and baby clothing.
Launching in the fall, the majority of Pottery Barn Kids’ in-store informational materials, such as collection cards and signage, will be printed on FSC paper.
Pottery Barn Kids — offering lots of healthy to help you burn a paycheck or two.