January 21, 2008 —
The toy recall scandals of 2007 brought three major problems concerning cheap Chinese-made toys to light: a near total lack of safety, labor or environmental standards. For the ethical shopper, child safety comes first, but isn't the only reason to avoid Chinese toys. NMC Toys is an internet business started by two parents last year that aims to provide parents with alternatives to the dangerous, sweatshop produced name brand choices you'd find in Toys R' Us or Wal-Mart. The purpose of the business isn't to promote fairtrade products, but in limiting their catalogue to only European or American manufactured toys, NMC is able to ensure that nothing it sells came from a sweatshop spewing dangerous levels of toxins into the environment.