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8.22.2017

The Ultimate Guide To Non-Toxic and Sustainable Kids' Toys (Part One)

You can say I have a bit of an issue with kids' toys.

The US toy industry reached a whooping $20.4 billion in retail sales last year, with an annual growth rate of 5 percent and no signs of slowing down.

While toys used to be made of sturdy and durable materials like metal and wood so that they could be passed down from generation to generation, plastic took over as the cheaper alternative for mass production to meet with ever-growing demands after World War II. Today, plastic toys account for some 90 percent of the market, often with shorter lifespans than their nostalgic counterparts and condemned to the landfill because they are almost impossible to recycle.

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