'Three-quarters of the world’s toys are made in China. Working conditions have been improving, but serious labour violations continue. Toy workers have to work long days in the peak season without appropriate pay — often for more than 80 hours a week — well above China’s legal limit. Many factories impose fines for refusing and other misdemeanours’, such as missing a day’s work or spending too long on a toilet break.’ from Shop Ethical! ...the Guide



Choose Australian made toys, available at websites such as,, Choose ‘China-free’ toys from companies such as Playmobil and Lego who manufacture most of their products in Europe. Check the company track-record for toy manufacturers and avoid those with significant criticisms.

Toys last a lot longer than kids’ interest in them so keep them moving around. Tell everyone you’re happy to get hand-me-downs as presents. Seek out used toy in good condition on your local Freecycle, fairs, or online.sites such as ebay.



See more issues relating to toys in Choice's toy industry survey article (2008).




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