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Wal-Mart's Christmas Ornaments Are Made by Children

Wal-Mart's Christmas Ornaments Are Made by Children

The National Labor Committee dropped a 60-page bombshell on Target and Wal-Mart yesterday, uncovering labor abuses at a factory in China's Guangzhou province that produces Christmas ornaments for the retailers. The NLC's report details numerous violations including the employment of children as young as 12, working 10, 12 and 15-hour days, seven days a week, for less than China's minimum wage.

December 13, 2007

Ecology Center Study Finds One-Third of Toys to Contain Unsafe Levels of Toxins

Ecology Center Study Finds One-Third of Toys to Contain Unsafe Levels of Toxins

The Ecology Center recently completed testing on around 1,200 children's products in anticipation of the holiday shopping season. More than a third of those products were found to contain unsafe levels of dangerous chemicals like mercury, arsenic and lead. Most of these toxic toys are still on the market, with no plans in place to recall them any time soon.

December 7, 2007

HealthyToys.org Helps Parents Keep Their Kids Playing Safe

HealthyToys.org Helps Parents Keep Their Kids Playing Safe

This holiday season, toy safety has been in the headlines more than any year in recent memory. The steady stream of toxic toys that has hit the news in the past six months leaves parents with plenty of reason to be concerned about whether the toys their children will be receiving this year are coated in lead paint, or contain other dangerous chemicals.

December 5, 2007

What to Buy at the Dollar Store

What to Buy at the Dollar Store

There is no question that dollar stores provide bargains and more consumers have started to look toward them for basic needs.  Yet, dollar stores bargains are accompanied by products that may be health hazards.  Consumer Reports tested some of the more popular products bought from dollar stores and found both bargains and dangers.

November 24, 2007

Safety-tips for Buying Toys

Safety-tips for Buying Toys

During past holiday seasons, parents were concerned about finding the most popular toy and would often battle other parents to get it .  Remember Tickle Me Elmo?.  This year, many parents are more concerned about toy safety.  Consumer groups have issued a steady flow of information on recalled toys, safety hazards, and hints for parents as they head for the stores to find their children the perfect gift.

November 23, 2007

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  • Unethical marketing of baby formula in developing nations
  • Maker of violent anti-social video games
  • World's largest oil company--human rights, oil spills and misinformation about climate change
  • Numerous ethical problems with largest maker of household products in U.S.
  • Processed meat sold as 'natural' food. Union-buster.