Back to School Shopping: Why Go PVC-Free?

  • August 31, 2011

Today we have a guest post by our friend Mike Schade at the Center for Health, Environment and Justice. This post originally appeared yesterday on the CHEJ blog. Thanks to Mike for this great and timely post!

Still stocking up on school supplies? If you're like many other parents and doing some last-minute shopping, be sure to steer clear of toxic PVC plastic, the most widely used hazardous plastic in the world.

Check out our 2011 Back to School Guide to PVC-free School Supplies, which features safer alternatives to toxic PVC plastic in over 35 product categories, from backpacks and binders to lunchboxes and laptops.

We also have created a handy wallet-sized version for you when youre out shopping for some quick tips.

Top 5 Reasons to Go PVC-free:

  1. Toxic additives like phthalates, lead, cadmium and organotins are commonly found in PVC children's products, which can leach out of the plastic.
  2. PVC chemicals like phthalates and dioxin tresspass into our bodies and are linked to chronic diseases on the rise.They're not just in the products or released at the chemical plants, but are entering our bodies at potentially harmful levels!
  3. Children are uniquely vulnerable to even low levels of these toxic chemicals, because their bodies and brains are still developing.
  4. PVC pollutes at every stage of its lifecycle, from production to use to disposal, releasing cancer-causing chemicals like dioxin and vinyl chloride.
  5. Safer and affordable alternatives are available! Why take an unnecessary risk with your children's health?

Stand up for your children's right to a healthy future, and check out our Back to School Guide to PVC-free School Supplies.

Plus: Learn more about PVC in this post on HSC's blog!