08 Aug '11, 5pm

Many school supplies contain PVC, lead and other chemicals. Find safer, less toxic school supplies with this guide.

Many school supplies contain PVC, lead and other chemicals. Find safer, less toxic school supplies with this guide.

If you’re concerned about toxic school supplies, well, you should be. There’s plenty to be concerned about. For example, The Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ), points out that “The average child’s character-themed backpack is filled with supplies and materials made from the most toxic plastic for our health and environment, polyvinyl chloride (PVC or vinyl). ” PVC, over its lifetime, can release icky stuff like phthalates , lead and dioxin – chemicals that have been linked to learning and developmental disabilities, asthma, obesity and cancer. Even worse, PVC is one of the most widely used hazardous plastic materials in the world. Your child is unlikely to avoid PVC, so at the very least you can make sure your child isn’t carrying a PVC laden backpack to school. This is where CHEJ can help. CHEJ has just released their 2011 Back to School Guide to PVC-free Sc...

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