Rubber duckie radio

I recently had the privilege of putting together a story for Greenpeace Canada’s latest podcast, which is out today on iTunes.

My part of the podcast is about phthalates, endocrine disrupting chemicals that are used to soften plastic. I was already familiar with the subject when Greenpeace assigned me the story… I first learned about phthalates when I read a magazine article back in 2008 and realized with horror that the rubber duckies my kids chewed on in the bathtub were potentially toxic. I ended up throwing all of my kids’ squeezable bath toys out in a panic.

Great progress has been made in the regulation of phthalates in products for children since then. It was great to be able to report on an environmental success story and get the truth about toxics in toys. Spoiler alert: I can end my vendetta against the rubber duck.

Producing the story involved the very cool experience of conducting an interview with an expert in Beijing via Skype. But the best part of the assignment was interviewing my daughter at bath time. Recording her squeaky voice telling me all about her favourite bath toys was a hoot. I should interview my kids more often.

I was happy, as well, to get the chance to work for Greenpeace — an organization that started here in Vancouver and whose work I’ve long admired. You can also hear me on one of their earlier podcasts interviewing strangers on the street about the Greenpeace vessel, the Rainbow Warrior.

Long may she sail.


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2 Responses to “Rubber duckie radio”

  1. sherron says:

    So then. That means I have to throw away my rubber duckies that we have had for 4 years. That sucks, because the kids play with our rubber duckies when they have a sleepover. Oh well. Life goes on. I will let them GO.

  2. rachel says:

    I wouldn’t worry about it, actually. They’re probably okay. And even if they’re not, the kids don’t put them in their mouths anymore. That’s the main problem — when babies suck on soft plastic toys, these chemicals can leach out of them.

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