Thursday, March 29, 2007

What's In Your Sandbox?

Satchel LOVES to dig so Robert and I bought him a cool sandbox. He likes animals, so we chose this frog and from the second floor it appears to be smiling up at us and Satch gets quite a kick out of this.

We got a real education, however, when we set out to purchase some sand to put in it. Our first stop was to Home Depot where we found a 50 lb bag labeled "Play Sand - for use in sandboxes", but when we read the fine print on the back of the bag it said that it contained silica which is a known carcinogen. In addition there was a small warning which read, "Prolonged exposure to silica dust has been known to cause cancer, birth defects and reproductive harm". (I tend to read labels, a habit I acquired as a vegetarian) We abruptly put the bag down and left the store. It has been nearly a week and I have not found a single store in the area that sells silica free sand. I DID, however, find a company on line that sells safe sand.

Sandtastik is the manufacturer that supplies safe silica free sand for use in schools etc. They are widely known for their colored sand, but they do carry white beach sand.

In the meantime, Satch seems a bit confused about the big frog on the patio....I can't wait for the sand to arrive.


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posted by Wendy at 2:59 PM


Blogger Shana-Lynn said...

Thanks for information on the play sand. Very good info!! I never knew any of it.

Just an idea, while waiting for the sand to arrive, partially fill Mr. Frog with some water and put some cool toys that sink and float in there. Or fill it with different sized balls OR just wait until the sand comes in;-)

Again, thanks!!

5:42 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

who's idea was it to put that crap in play sand.. maybe they should sprinkle a little nicotine in there too..
thanks for the tip wendy.. definitly will keep this in mind

11:19 AM  
Anonymous pixie said...

I wish I had looked this up myself, we just bought sand from a landscape supply yard. It was labelled "plaground sand". I can see that it has a lot of micaceous flecks in it, but don't know if that is synonymous with silica? Do you know? I will phone them today-and if I have to, we'll do something else with it (pasture?)and purchase Sandtastic! Thank you so much for reminding me to question everything!! Love you,


11:35 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

From a silica fact sheet. "Silica is the main component in sand and in rocks like sandstone and granite. Many workplaces are not aware that common building products such as clay bricks, concrete, tiles and fibro cement products contain silica. Silica dust is usually created when such building products, sandstone or rocks are cut, drilled or worked on in a way that creates fine particles of silica in the air. It is breathing in this crystalline form of silica that causes silicosis"

Not sure if the flecks are quartz.

Love back at you....

11:57 AM  

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