Despite its somewhat alarming title, “Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The danger of Everyday Things,” is actually a hilarious book with a serious message. What starts off as a light-hearted and funny joke between friends turns into an amazing project that will empower consumers. The two protagonists expose themselves to everyday products and watch the toxin levels in their bodies skyrocket. Even more alarming, is the idea that the products featured in the experiments are products that most of us use every single day.
What’s great is that the book is full of positive tips to reduce your toxin exposure. Even better, the duck featured on the cover is not Kawan. (Phew!) Hevea products are made from 100% natural rubber and therefore hope to reduce the amount of toxins your child is exposed to. Today, all too often, so called “rubber ducks” are made out of PVC, which contains the toxin BPA. The warm water at bath time can cause these BPAs to leak. BPA’s can be found in plastics used for food containers, tin can liners and plastic bottles. They mimic the effects of the hormone estrogen and have been linked with causing infant obesity when consumed during pregnancy and also with harming nerve and brain development in babies. Additionally BPA’s have been linked to breast cancer in adults causing “The No More BPA” campaign to be set up calling for BPA’s to be banned from the packaging of foodstuffs: www.nomorebpa.org.uk .
Kawan is completely BPA, phthalates and PVC free, with no added colors or synthetics. Hevea have also made Kawan in one piece, without a single hole, to reduce the amount of grime and mould building up inside.
By making small changes such as switching from a plastic “rubber” duck to a 100% Hevea Rubber Duck, you can prevent the amount of toxins your baby is exposed to.