Archive for August, 2010

Back to School Supplies and Phthalates/PVC

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You strive to make your home a healthy and safe environment for your children to grow up in.  But what about the 8 hours they spend in school each day?

Unfortunately, many school supplies are composed of the poison plastic: polyvinyl chloride (PVC). This plastic can contain a toxic stew of phthalates, lead, cadmium, and/or organotins-it’s a recipe for disaster.  To the developing body of a child, even a small exposure to these toxic chemicals can be dangerous.  Studies have shown that chemicals released by the PVC lifecycle are linked to chronic diseases on the rise in children — learning disabilities, obesity, asthma, and even cancer.  Fortunately, there are safer PVC-free alternatives to the poison plastic available.

I wanted you to be one of the first to know that today we’re releasing our 3rd annual Back-to-School Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies, a compilation of safer PVC-free options for your kids.  The Guide contains products including backpacks, 3-ring binders, laptops, notebooks, lunchboxes and more.  Released just in times for states that offer tax-free back to school shopping this coming weekend, you’ll be able to find all the materials your child needs to be both successful AND healthy.

By saying “NO” to PVC products, you, as a consumer, can affect powerful change in the market with your purchasing power.  With those same purchases, you, as a parent, can positively affect the health of your child.

So do your homework and start the school year right!  Check out the Back-to-School Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies TODAY.

Download the guide here:
Download the wallet-sized version here:

Yours for a PVC-free future,

Mike Schade, PVC Campaign Coordinator

Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ)

Cross the poison plastic off your back-to-school shopping list.

Find safer products for your kids!

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