As a leading Reno school supply distributor, we often hear about the excitement a child experiences when picking out their lunchbox and backpack before going off to school. But did you know that buying them that superhero lunch pail they just have to have may be putting them in danger? As it turns out, some children’s backpacks and lunchboxes may contain toxic chemicals necessarily want around your children.
A new report issued by the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice (CHEJ) found toxic chemicals in school supplies made from vinyl or PVC plastic. The chemicals, called phthalates, are used to soften vinyl, which is then turned into backpacks, 3-ring binders, rain boots, lunchboxes and more. Phthalates have been linked to birth defects, infertility, early puberty, asthma, ADHD, obesity, diabetes and cancer and are dangerous at very low levels of exposure. The following show just how high the toxic levels in certain products are.
- A Dora the Explorer Backpack contained phthalates over 69 times the limit set by the federal toy ban.
- An Amazing Spider Man Backpack contained phthalates over 52 times the limit set by the federal toy ban.
- A Disney Princess Lunchbox contained phthalates over 29 times the limit set by the federal toy ban.
- An Amazing Spiderman Lunchbox contained phthalates over 27 times the limit set by the federal toy ban.
This is why It’s My Community Store suggests avoiding plastic products for your children. Instead purchase backpacks made of fabric materials such as our Deluxe Backpack. This way you can rest assured knowing your child is safely prepared for school while also giving back to the community.