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Toxic Chemicals Found in School Supplies

September 5, 2012

I love the site Healthy Child Healthy World which publishes fabulous articles, initiates petitions and political action to try and make the world a cleaner, safer place for families. You should definitely sign up for their email alerts. I got a newsletter from them the other day about toxins found in childrens’ school supplies and just had to pass it on. (They do have a PVC-free list of school supplies at the end of the article).

The full article written by Mike Schade, Markets Campaign Coordinator, Center for Health, Environment, and Justice, is is here, but here is an excerpt:

I just authored a brand new report that found toxic chemicals linked to asthma and birth defects widespread in children’s vinyl back-to-school supplies.

The chemicals we found, phthalates, are so toxic they’ve been banned in toys, yet are widespread in children’s vinyl school supplies. See what CBS News has to say about our new report.

Our new investigation found 75% of children’s “back-to-school” supplies tested in a laboratory had elevated levels of toxic phthalates, including popular Disney, Spiderman, and Dora branded school supplies, such as vinyl lunchboxes, backpacks, 3-ring binders, raincoats, and rainboots.

The levels of phthalates would be illegal if these products were toys. For instance, we found:

  • A Dora the Explorer Backpack contained phthalates over 69 times the limit set by the federal ban.
  • An Amazing Spider Man Backpack contained phthalates over 52 times the limit set by the federal ban.
  • A Disney Princess Lunchbox contained phthalates over 29 times the limit set by the federal ban.
  • An Amazing Spiderman Lunchbox contained phthalates over 27 times the limit set by the federal ban.

Just like toys, school supplies like these are used by young children vulnerable to chemical exposure.

And surprise! None of the products had any labels on them indicating they were chock full of these nasty substances. Don’t we have a right to know?

Read more of his article here,