It might be humanity’s eternal love affair with the beach, but sand is a staple feature of just about every childhood. It’s easy to set up, too. Just buy a box and pick up some sand from any old place.
The sand you’re buying from hardware stores and home improvement big box stores isn’t really sand. It’s manufactured from things like ground quartz and tremolite. Quartz produces a carcinogenic substance called silica that’s dangerous when regularly inhaled (ever seen a sand blaster’s face? No because it’s always covered in a thick breathing mask for a reason.) Tremolite is related to the asbestos family. Not such an idyllic childhood now.
Many people argue that it’s not harmful until someone is exposed to substantial amounts of the dust and breathes that dust in for prolonged periods. However, anyone with a child can tell you that sand ends up everywhere including the mouth, nose, and sometimes ears. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
So what can you do? Before you get rid of your sandbox idea entirely, let’s take a look at some alternatives for your sandbox play and recommend a few different products. [Read more…] about Which Sand Is Best For A Sandbox And Two Non-Toxic Sand Choices