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Understanding The Materials That Are Used To Build Plastic Toys

The origin of plastic toys can be traced back to the early 20th century. The development and mass production of plastic toys coincided with advancements in plastics manufacturing technology. Bakelite – a thermosetting plastic – was initially used for various industrial and electrical applications in the early 1900s. It was also moulded into toys like chess sets and figurines.

After World War II, there was a surge in plastic toy production as the plastics industry grew. Toys like action figures, dolls, and building blocks made of plastics like polyethylene and polypropylene became more common. In 1958, LEGO, the iconic interlocking plastic building bricks, was introduced by the Danish company of the same name. These toys revolutionized the way children played and built things.

Era of modern-day plastic toys

Over time, there was a growing emphasis on toy safety. Regulations were put in place to ensure that plastic toys were non-toxic and met safety standards. Safe plastic toys that meet safety standards are typically constructed from non-toxic and child-friendly materials. These materials are designed to minimize health risks and ensure the safety of children.

Manufacturers of children’s toys are required to adhere to safety regulations and standards set by organizations like ASTM International and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in the United States.

Common safe plastics used in toy manufacturing include:

  1. Polyethylene (PE): This plastic is used in a wide range of toys, including outdoor play equipment, water toys, and soft dolls. It’s durable and safe for children.
  2. Polypropylene (PP): PP is often used for toys like building blocks and board games. It’s known for its durability and safety.
  3. Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC): PVC is commonly used in bath toys, action figures, and dolls. However, it’s important to note that some PVC toys may contain phthalates, which are considered harmful, so check for phthalate-free PVC toys.
  4. Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS): ABS is a strong and impact-resistant plastic used in building toys like LEGO blocks. It’s considered safe for children.
  5. Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET): PET is often used for clear plastic bottles and is considered safe for toy applications like dolls and containers.
  6. Polyurethane (PU) Foam: PU foam is used in soft, squishy toys, stress balls, and foam puzzles. It’s safe for children due to its soft and cushioning properties.

For a deeper understanding of the plastic toy industry, make sure to not miss attending Plastivision 2023. Taking place from December 7 to 11 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai, this event is set to reveal cutting-edge innovations and advancements in the plastics sector. Moreover, it offers a distinctive networking platform, allowing you to connect with industry leaders and professionals. Save the date and be part of this invaluable event – we eagerly anticipate your presence!

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