Toxic School Supplies? (from the TIS Green Team)

Back-to-school is approaching quickly and many of us are starting to think about back-to-school supplies. Unfortunately, many of the things we'll consider buying are actually harmful to our child's health and the environment because they contain PVC. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC - often called just vinyl) is a type of plastic used in many children's products - including raincoats, backpacks, lunch bags, binders and more. PVC contains harmful additives like phthalates, lead, cadmium, and/or organotins, which can be toxic to your child’s health even in low doses. Also the production of this plastic leads to the emission of dangerous toxins in our air and water.

Fortunately, the Center for Health and Environmental Justice just released its 3rd-annual PVC-Free School Supplies Guide! Check it out for suggestions of products that are known to be safe.