Squishies release harmful chemicals – throw them out say Danish authorities

10. sep 2018

Squishies are soft foam shapes, which have been popular toys among children and youngsters. However, a test from The Danish Environmental Protection Agency revealed chemicals, which can be harmful to the health.

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Squishies release harmful chemicals – throw them out say Danish authorities
The squishies on the picture are not among the 12 tested. However, the Danish authorities recommend to throw all squishies out. Photo: Getty Images

Squishy: What is it?

Squishies are soft foam toys that come in different shapes and sizes. You can squeeze the squishy in your hand and it will slowly expand itself again.

Squishies are used as toys and are also said to function as a stress-reducing ball.

You can buy squishies in shapes of cakes, fruits, teddy bears, etc.

Test: Squishies released harmful chemicals

A test from The Danish Environmental Protection Agency in the summer of 2018 revealed, that all 12 tested squishies released harmful chemicals in larger amounts.

The squishies in the test released for example the substance dimethylformamid (DMF) in high concentrations. The substance increases risk of:

  • Liver damage
  • Transient irritation of the eyes and respiratory system in children
  • Damage to the unborn child

Read the full report from The Danish EPA here

Danish EPA: Throw your squishies out – and do not buy new ones

Due to the test results The Danish EPA warns against squishies. The authority recommends that you throw out all squishies and do not buy new ones.

Squishies can be thrown out with your normal household waste, says The Danish EPA.

See the 12 tested squishies here

For further information contact project manager Christel Søgaard Kirkeby on csk@fbr.dk