According to the National Resources Defense Council, Americans are 4% of the world’s population but generate 12% of its solid waste. Parents are conscious of their families’ contribution to this literal trash heap.
“The average family spends well over $1,000 a year on toys,” Dobroski points out. “A Toybrary lets you check out three toys at a time for a couple of weeks — it saves money and keeps toys out of the landfill.”
Local N.C. State Troopers and members of the Enka-Candler fire department brought toys to children hospitalized over Christmas at Mission Hospital. (photos by Bill Rhodes)
Local tattoo/piercing shop Diamond Thieves joined a collection of motorcycle clubs led by Legendz to deliver a trailer full of toys to Eliada Home.
Yeah, I’ve written about toxic toys before, but it’s that time of year. That time of year when many folks feel the need to purchase toys because it’s holiday time. Because, by God, we’re Americans
The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission on Friday agreed to wait one year before enforcing new lead testing rules for the makers and importers of products for children 12 and under. The law, set to take effect Feb. 10, has had Asheville area book sellers, toy retailers, crafters and even libraries worried about the rules’ impact on them.
You know what I’m talking about — the playthings your grandparents, child-free friends or your brother (payback is hell) give your children with no thought to the impact on parents. You know — the toys you hate and your kids absolutely love.