School Supplies - Eco-Friendly Products for a Healthier School Year
A new report has shown that the level of toxins in an Amazing Spiderman backpack would make it illegal if it was a toy. The study conducted by the Center for Heath, Environment and Justice (CHEJ) investigated the toxicity of popular school supplies and found some pretty alarming results. The Amazing Spiderman Backpack contains phthalate levels 52 times higher than the US federal limit allowed in children's toys. Dora, Disney, ... they're not too much different either. In fact, 75% of children’s “back-to-school” supplies tested in a laboratory had elevated levels of toxics phthalates. What's going on? We have both the knowledge of the risks to children, as well as the safer alternatives on the market to run products like this off the shelves. And by the way, the health risks associated with these toxins include asthma and birth defects, according to the research included in the report. Asthma and birth defects, not bruises and hangnails. What can be done? The CHEJ has released a guide to safer back to school supplies. We are thrillled for AusPen non-toxic markers to be included in this list. I feel as though Spiderman himself would be disappointed in his toxic brand products. As Spiderman's Uncle Ben said, "With great power comes great responsibility." To find better products for a safer school environment, download the CHEJ Back to School Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies here. Our investigation found including popular Disney, Spiderman, and Dora branded school supplies, such as vinyl lunchboxes, backpacks, 3-ring binders, raincoats, and rainboots.