2003 TOY REPORT CARD

www.greenpeace.org/usa/news/2003-toy-report-card

 

May 29, 2003 Washington, DC, United States Which companies made progress? Which didn't? Find out more about PVC and your child's toys. We released our first Toy Manufacturers' Report Card in February 2000 at the International Toy Fair in New York City. We wanted to inform parents, educators and consumers about how to make sound choices in purchasing toys for small children. We provided current information about toy manufacturers' use of PVC and toxics additives in their products. The response from concerned parents was overwhelming. This year, we updated the list. Did companies hold firm on their policies to eliminate PVC and toxic additives? Did any companies make improvements? Was there any backsliding? Here's what we found.

 


2003 Toy Report Card Grades:

 

A: Excellent, will phase out all PVC products, or products contain no PVC

B: Above average, will phase out some PVC products

C: Average, will eliminate phthalates in toys for children under 3

D: Below average, will eliminate phthalates only in toys intended for the mouth

F: Fail, no policy change


 

Manufacturer

2000 Grade

2003 Grade

Comments

Brio

A

A

Keep up the great work!

Chicco

B

A

Good effort

Discovery Toys

C

B

Could do better

Disney

D

Inc

No reply after repeated inquiries

Evenflo

D

A

What an improvement - bravo!

First Years

D

C+

Not living up to potential, but keep trying

Gerber

A

A

One of the stars!

Hasbro/Galoob/Playschool

D

Inc

No reply after repeated inquiries

International Playthings (Primetime & Early Start

A

A

One of the stars!

Kids II

D

Inc

no reply after repeated inquiries

Lamaze Infant Development

B

A

Hope you can eliminate PVC in those last three products quickly

Lego Systems

A

A

Still waiting for the elimination of PVC in train wiring

Little Tykes

A

C

May have been misgraded in 2000, what a disappointment

Manhattan Baby

F

B

Incredible improvement - keep it up!

Mattel/Tyco/Fisher Price

C

C

Could do a lot better - keep working at it

Munchkin Inc.

F

D

Barely improved - need to work much harder

Safety First

D

Inc

No reply after repeated inquiries

Sassy

A

A

Please get rid of that one PVC product - the baby photo book

Shelcore

C

D

Very disappointing

Tiny Love

A

A

Great work!

Warner Bros.

F

Inc

No reply after repeated inquiries