Now this doesn't include ALL rubber, just most of them. We can't sell them to you (certain ones anyway). You can't buy them from us (ditto). We will mark the ones that you can buy. I can't make this stuff up!
Here are the reasons why (I'm shaking my head too). A law was passed & signed back in August of 2007 to ban rubber ducks as well as certain other toys containing "phthalates."
What are phthalates? Phthalates are chemicals that help plastics be soft & pliable. Phthalates are also used in a variety of other products such as cosmetics (makes perfumes last longer & nail polish more chip resistant), medical products (makes dialysis tubing kink resistant & stronger), and certain construction materials (ingredient that is naturally flame retardant). Phthalates were banned by California legislation in August 2007, with an effective date of January 1, 2009.
Why were they banned? Unknown. Both the European Union & US government agencies (Consumer Product Safety Commission & Centers for Disease Control) have found phthalates to be "unlikely to pose a risk to consumers (adults as well as infants)" and "no demonstrated health risk." Maybe those banning phthalates did so because they couldn't pronounce the word?!
Well, that's California. Beautiful state, wonderful people. Kooky politics & laws. Maybe it's time for consumers to take the laws & government back into your own hands.
Are there other rubber ducks available? Yes. Are they more expensive? Yes. Don't worry, we'll mark which products can be "imported."
Are there other pool products that can't be sold or used in California? Yes. An example is BioGuard Optimizer Plus. The crazy (and I mean crazy) part is that the base ingredient is actually MINED in California! But once it's shipped out, it can't come back in! More details in another post.
We'll keep you up to date.