11 Apr '11, 5pm

Ball o' confusion: Ask Umbra on non-toxic exercise balls: Only problem is, many stability balls (also called exe...

Ball o' confusion: Ask Umbra on non-toxic exercise balls: Only problem is, many stability balls (also called exe...

I give you snaps for seeking a more stable, balanced life. Stability balls promise all sorts of fun, from improving your posture to accidental masturbation (shh). Only problem is, many stability balls (also called exercise balls or Swiss balls) look like rubber but are, in fact, vinyl. Hardly a surprise, as vinyl is everywhere . The good news is, there is at least one vinyl-free ball out there, made by EcoWise (they told me it tests negative for PVC, phthalates, and chloride, although when pressed for what it is made of, they said things like “special compound” and “trade secret”). But I’m afraid “non-toxic vinyl” is a bit of an oxymoron.

Full article: http://www.grist.org/green-living-tips/2011-04-11-ball-o-...

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