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Phthalates are endocrine-disrupting chemicals frequently used as softeners in PVC and other plastics and to stabilize fragrance chemicals in bath and beauty products. Many phthalates have been banned in the European Union for years, and six common industrial phthalates were banned by the U.S. for use in children's products in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2009. Phthalates are ... Read More »


In the world of blogging, "giveaway" is a loose term encompassing sweepstakes and contests, often held informally on small blogs offering prizes on behalf of sponsors in an arrangement where both the sponsoring company and blogger gains some SEO benefit as well as exposure to a niche demographic. Although U.S. contest law technically applies to even the smallest blog giveaways, ... Read More »


"BPA-free" is a term used to designate products made without the use of the chemical Bisphenol-A, an endocrine disruptor that has been linked to human health problems in a number of studies, with cancers, infertility, diabetes, and obesity as particular areas of concern. The substance has been banned in Canada and extensively debated in the U.S., both by the scientific ... Read More »

toys r us

Toys 'R' Us is a chain of U.S. and international toy stores and the parent company of Babies 'R' Us, the largest U.S. baby store chain. TRU made a belated entry into online sales in 1998, struggling internally to define the format for its Internet presence. In 2000 it struck a deal with Amazon.com to sell toys through the shopping ... Read More »