Healthy school supplies free from toxic chemicals (such as PVC) are critical to a child’s health & well-being. During the years when the children’s bodies and minds are developing, most of the time is spent inside the school buildings. These chemicals when used in school supplies, can have irreversible, long term effects that can impact your child for the rest of their life.
Many school supplies such as lunch boxes, backpacks, and binders are often made from PVC an unnecessary toxic plastic that is dangerous to children’s health and the environment throughout its lifecycle: from production, to use, to disposal.
PVC/Vinyl is unique among most plastics because it contains dangerous chemical additives such as phthalates, lead, cadmium, and/or organotins, which can be toxic to your child’s health. Laboratory tests commissioned by CHEJ and the Empire State Consumer Project in 2012 uncovered high levels of phthalates in common back to school products including backpacks, lunch boxes, and 3-ring binders. These phthalates can leach out or evaporate into the air over time, posing unnecessary dangers to children. Over 90% of all phthalates are used to soften vinyl products. These chemicals have been linked to asthma, learning disabilities, diabetes, and other chronic health problems on the rise. In USA, congress has banned phthalates in children’s toys, yet they are widespread in these and other PVC back to school products. Children are at risk from even low-level exposure to these toxic chemicals. In order to protect your child, it’s important to purchase PVC-free school supplies for example PVC free backpacks for kids, PVC free diaper bags, PVC free pre-school lunch bag for kids whenever possible.
Cancer causing chemicals like vinyl chloride and dioxin contaminate the air from the very beginning of the PVC lifecycle. When PVC is manufactured or burned, numerous dioxins are formed and released. Dioxins are a highly toxic group of chemicals that can cause cancer, and harm the immune and reproductive systems. These, and other toxic chemicals released during the PVC lifecycle, contaminate our children’s bodies and may pose irreversible life-long health threats. Hence, PVC free pre-school Backpacks for kids, etc. are integral part of schooling.
Look for PVC- Free Labels such as: