Target: Robert Adler, Acting Chairman of the United States Consumer and Product Safety Commission
Goal: Ban hazardous Rainbow Loom toy until its parts can be produced and recycled in an environmentally-sustainable way
Rainbow Loom was one of the most popular toys this past holiday season. It is a jewelry-making kit with plenty of bright colors and accessories. This relatively new company has sold more than three million looms to parents of young children around the world. However, several environmental concerns have been raised about these popular toys.
Surging demand for Rainbow Looms has lead to the development of new rubber plantations in East Asia. Not only does rubber production task the regional environment, but it also contributes to air and water pollution. The synthetic materials used to produce Rubber Looms are not renewable or recyclable.
However, the primary environmental concern about Rubber Looms is their danger to small animals. Veterinarians have been treating cats and dogs that have ingested the loom bands, leading to severe vomiting and diarrhea. The bands are known to cause intestinal blockages that are fatal without prompt surgical removal. Cats are particularly vulnerable, but wildlife that discover loom band waste can suffer the same ills. Ducks are the most vulnerable wild species in this regard, as the bands can get wrapped around their beaks and necks or ingested.
Sign the below petition to encourage a temporary ban on Rainbow Loom production until more environmentally-sustainable production methods can be established. Teaching our children to be crafty and creative is one thing. Teaching them to harm the environment with hazardous waste is entirely different.
Dear Chairman Adler,
Although Rainbow Loom toys have been wildly popular among children, they pose several environmental risks that are worth consideration. The looms’ popularity has led to the development of new rubber plantations in East Asia, resulting in higher levels of air and water pollution. The materials that make up the looms are not recyclable and many of the bands will find their way to landfills in the years ahead.
In addition to these environmental concerns, Rainbow Loom bands are being accidentally ingested by household dogs and cats, as well as wildlife species in the outdoors. Dogs, cats, and ducks are most susceptible to accidental ingestion, intestinal blockage, and suffocation as a result of carelessly discarded loom bands.
I am urging you to work with Rainbow Loom to devise a more environmentally-sustainable way to produce and recycle loom bands. In doing so, you will be keeping our environment safer and our children better informed about the importance of sustainable toys.
[Your Name Here]
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