Dutch company to stop PVC toy sales

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Dutch retailer Blokker has pledged to stop selling PVC toys for children under three years, Greenpeace revealed today. The company owns the toy stores Bart Smit and Intertoys and accounts for nearly half of the country's toy sales. Blokker's decision was revealed in a letter to Greenpeace. The pressure group wrote to Blokker and two other retailers last month, asking them to boycott PVC products. It informed them of recent studies by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency which, found that some brands of PVC teething rings leached significant levels of phthalates into babies' saliva. Phthalates are suspected of causing hormone-disrupting effects (ENDS Daily 28 May). Blokker wrote back saying that it had written to all its suppliers stating its new policy on PVC toys for children under three. The company also does not accept PVC packaging on environmental grounds.

Follow Up:
Greenpeace Netherlands, tel: +31 20 626 1877; Blokker, tel: +31 20 568 3 568.

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