Over recent years pet owners have become increasingly aware of the chemicals used in pet food and treats, but what about chemicals used in toys?
This might sound like an odd question, but ask yourself this... How many hours does your dog spend chewing on a toy? Quite a few I am guessing!
Innate Pets has been devoted to bringing you Australian Natural products, and as far as we are concerned, toys should be just the same. This is why our Rubber Bone is completely natural and sourced from the sap of Rubber Trees themselves.
Here are some alarming statistics from Bark that are sure to open your eyes.
Tests were run in September 2009 by the Michigan-based Ecology Center, a nonprofit environmental organization that analyzes toxins in children’s toys and other consumer goods who found these notable results:
From the more than 400 pet toy products tested, 45% had detectable levels of one or more hazardous toxins, including arsenic, chlorine and bromine. Studies have linked those chemicals to reproductive problems, developmental and learning disabilities, liver toxicity and cancer.
Of the tennis balls tested, 48% contained detectable levels of lead. Researchers discovered that tennis balls made specifically for pets were more likely to contain lead than “sports” tennis balls. The lettering on one “pet” tennis ball, for example, contained 2,696 ppm of lead and 262 ppm of arsenic, a known human carcinogen. None of the “sports” tennis balls tested contained any lead.
While one-quarter of all the products had detectable levels of lead, 7% of all pet products had lead levels higher than the 300 ppm allowed in children’s toys.
DID YOU KNOW?
- It takes 6 years for a Rubber Tree to mature enough to be harvested for its Sap.
- They can live for up to 100 years.
- Rubber Trees grow to 30-40 (100-130 feet) meters in height.
- First discovered by the ancient Olmec, Maya, and Aztec, the latex sap from the rubber tree was once used to make rubber balls, to waterproof clothes, and even to form homemade shoes.