Even if there weren't safety issues involved to purchasing toys made in China, I figure buying "local" means saving the environment. China's air quality continues to hit the news. Today's International Herald Tribune headlines that Taiwan's environment minister says Chinese pollution ruining air quality on Taiwan. It seems as if China is working on the pollution issue, but not quickly enough.
There is also the increased transporation factor. Even though big boats only burn about a barrel an hour, a barrel an hour for two+ weeks multiplied by ship after ship after ship burns oil that isn't needed. There is another option. Buy local products.
Little Engine That Could - Wooden Train Set
It's the train that's kept rolling since 1930. The train that continues to teach us all the power of positive thinking. The train that made the phrase "I think I can, I think I can" a permanent part of our American lexicon. It's The Little Engine That CouldTM, and now you can do more than read about it. Because your friends at Whittle Shortline Railroad are proud to introduce The Little Engine That CouldTM wooden toy trains. All Whittle Shortline trains are hand crafted and hand painted in the USA (with lead free paint), and are ThomasTM and Brio® compatible. BrioTM and ThomasTM are registered trademarks of their respective corporations.