The True Cost of Toys

The True Cost of Toys

by Mary Colson


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How do your buying choices in the supermarket, in the mall, and on the Internet affect the lives of the people who make the things you buy? Thought-provoking case studies and first-hand accounts encourage readers to be informed and ethical shoppers. Find out now to shop to change the world. Have you ever thought about where children's toys come from? How can some toys be made so cheaply? What effect does the latest toy for children have on the environment? In The True Cost of Toys find out how companies cope with demand at peak times, what controls are in place to ensure toys are safe, and what the working conditions of factory workers are like around the world. Discover what environmental impacts your toy purchases have on the planet, too.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778704904
Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/28/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: 1090L (what's this?)
Age Range: 11 - 14 Years

Table of Contents

The Truth Behind Toys 4

Toy world map 6

Chapter 1 Global trade 8

Supply and demand 10

Quality control? 12

Working for change 14

What is fair trade? 16

Chapter 2 Workers' rights 18

Case Study 1 Child's play? The life of a child sweatshop worker 20

Toys, trafficking, and desperation 22

Case Study 2 Assembly lines and overtime 24

Chapter 3 Toys and toxins 26

The rubber tapping trade 28

Cotton and chemicals 30

Case Study 3 Caution: this toy may harm your health! 32

Waste matters 34

Chapter 4 Healthy work and play 36

Making changes 38

A childhood for everyone? 40

Fair play and big business 42

Shop to change the world 44

Glossary 46

For more information 47

Index 48

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