Potentially dangerous chemical found in school supplies
PORTLAND, Ore. Just in time for back to school shopping, new research is warning parents about a potentially dangerous chemical found in common school supplies.
PVC, a toxic plastic, is linked to many different health problems and can be found in some backpacks, lunch boxes and binders.
PVC is already banned from toys, but not school supplies. Exposure can potentially cause birth defects, asthma, obesity, early puberty, infertility and diabetes.
basically acts like hormones in the body when kids are exposed through inhaling or ingesting, so that why we concerned, said Jen Coleman of the Oregon Environmental Council.
you looking for is that clear, shiny, flexible plastic that has that characteristic plastic smell, she said. it likely to be vinyl. said some tags and labels will tell you if a product has PVC, but that not always the case.
for something you trust and you know, said Coleman. paper products, fabric products, made with something like polyester. If you see a plastic, and it has that plastic smell, and it doesn have a label, avoid it and move on. Read a guide to PVC free school supplies from The Center for Health, Environment and Justice (pdf)
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