I just received this alert from MomsRising, a nonprofit organization that works to improve children's and families' health and well-being. They are asking parents to sign a petition to eliminate PVC (a source of phthalates and other harmful chemicals) in kids' school supplies.
Why worry about PVC-free school supplies? Many children's school supplies, such as lunchboxes, backpacks and binders, can be made out of PVC-a toxic plastic that is dangerous to our health and the environment. PVC contains dangerous chemical additives including phthalates, lead, cadmium, and/or organotins, which can be toxic to your child's health. These toxic additives can leach out or evaporate into the air over time posing unnecessary dangers to children. Evidence is mounting about the health risks of PVC, why would we put it in school supplies?