Buy your kid a new doll you cheap bastards!
August 24, 2000 9:01 AM   Subscribe

Buy your kid a new doll you cheap bastards! - Apparently barbie dolls and other plastic toys made in the 1950's have recently been found to secrete a sticky chemical film that could cause developmental problems in children.
posted by Nyarlathotep (4 comments total)
so, *THAT'S* why all those collectors have nothing better to do than pay all that money for old toys. heh.
posted by tiaka at 10:15 AM on August 24, 2000

Yet another reason to eliminate production of Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC).

For basic health info on PVC, check out this Fact Sheet:

"PVC is the most environmentally damaging plastic. The PVC lifecycle -- its production, use, and disposal -- results in the release of toxic, chlorine-based chemicals. These toxins are building up in the water, air and food chain.

The result: severe health problems, including cancer, immune system damage, and hormone disruption. No one can escape contamination: Everyone, everywhere has measurable levels of chlorinated toxins in their bodies."

Including, of course, dioxin -- an important cause of cancer in humans.

Here is an in-depth report on the relationship between PVC production and dioxin:

"The purpose of this report is to show that the lifecycle of polyvinyl chloride plastic, also known as PVC or vinyl, is a major source of dioxin pollution. When PVC is manufactured, disposed of by incineration, burned accidentally, or when products containing PVC (usually as a coating or covering on a metal product) are recycled in combustion-based processes, large quantities of dioxin are formed. In fact, PVC is a major chlorine donor -- and thus a significant cause of dioxin generation -- in a large percentage of identified dioxin sources. These are strong grounds for holding PVC responsible for a substantial and growing proportion of global dioxin production and release. Fortunately, cleaner substitutes exist for almost all uses of PVC."
posted by johnb at 10:21 AM on August 24, 2000

So, how long did Mattel know and cover this up? I'd love to see Mattel up to thier non-existent Barbie genitalia in hungry lawyers looking for something to do after the tobacco lawsuits...
posted by quonsar at 2:41 PM on August 24, 2000

...and could this be why we have so many blonde jokes?
posted by quonsar at 3:28 PM on August 24, 2000

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