What is PVC? Poly Vinyl Chloride, sometimes lead is added to it, so it’s a mystery whether you are being exposed to it. What is not a mystery is that with the chlorine makeup, the vinyl emits dioxins. Double dose for you and the environment. We are talking major red flags for the reproductive system, immune system, endocrine and neurological systems!
The CHEJ (Center for Health, Environment & Justice) is proud to announce the release of their 2011 Back-to-School Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies to help you make healthy shopping choices that are safer for your children’s health. This guide lists the most common back-to-school supplies made out of toxic PVC and provides safer PVC-free products in over 35 product categories. You can also see which companies provide safer options.
get your guide now at http://www.chej.org/publications/PVCGuide/PVCfree.pdf
The jist is many school supplies children are using contain a toxic plastic that is dangerous! There are chemical additives in these types of plastics include phthalates, lead, cadmium,etc. that leach out and evaporate into the air. Think vinyl shower curtain smell- that stuff is toxic!!! Go ahead, smell that binder,shiny plastic backpack or lunchbox give it a whif! You can just smell the PVC!
From the Healthy Child, Healthy World site:
Everyday Encounters With PVC
PVC food packaging can include plastic trays in boxed cookies or chocolates, candy bar wrappers, and bottles. Cling wraps , especially the kind used commercially to wrap meats, cheeses and other foods, can also be PVC. Unfortunately, this means that many people are exposed to plasticizing chemicals through food wrapping every day.
Traces of toxic chemicals, known as adipates and phthalates (pronounced “tha-lates”), used to soften PVC can leak out into foods. The risk of leaching is especially high with fatty foods and at higher temperatures .
PVC is also commonly used in teethers and soft squeeze toys for young children, beach balls, bath toys, dolls and other products, such as knapsacks, raincoats, and umbrellas. Health concerns for children who play with soft PVC toys center once again on the toxic softeners known as phthalates. In May, 2001, Greenpeace released a report which examined the level of phthalates and other hazardous chemicals in children’s products and household items and found high levels of phthalates in many cases.
Is there hope? Yes!!!! check out the Soft Landing for links on companies that care enough to make SAFE products for children! http://guide.thesoftlanding.com/2008/03/17/bpa-pvc-and-phthalate-bath-toy-guide/