Whether you're sending a child back to school this season or haven't thought of backpacks and lunchboxes in years, it's worth checking out the Center for Health, Environment & Justice's new Back-to-School Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies. In it, you'll find tips on how to identify PVC, advice for avoiding vinyl and other plastics in school (and office) products, and links to PVC-free products and suppliers.
Useful tips include things like:
- Stick to the plain metal paperclips. Colored paper clips are coated with PVC.
- Avoid shiny and colorful plastic umbrellas as these are typically made out of PVC. Look for those made out of other materials such as nylon.
- Avoid modeling clays made of PVC (polymer clays such as Fimo and Sculpey). Polymer clays are often loaded with phthalates. Look for clays made without PVC and phthalates, or make your own (recipes are available online such as at //www.theholidayzone.com/recipes/dough.html)
Download it here:
• Back-to-School Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies