My kids must dread this time of year. Not because they’re going back to school in few weeks, but because they have to watch me nearly hyperventilate in the Back to School aisles.
School supplies full of toxic chemicals, non-recycled paper, and PVC flying into carts. I feel like I should wear a trench coat and whisper “hey, recycled folders over here! Psst…PVC-free backpacks, three colors.”
Since my daughter is going to junior high, we’re there to get her fancy calculator with more buttons than could ever be necessary. She holds by arm and leads me to the cashier before I begin removing items from a woman and her kindergartener’s cart.
I get it. The characters are cute. The pencil box cases squeak with newness (I know it’s not a word, but it should be). And maybe you’re asking, seriously, Stefanie? Is this really something to get worked up about? I’ll let you decide.
Alas…the glories of PVC and vinyl.. which are toxic through all “lifespan” stages: production, usage, and disposal.
According to the Center for Health, Environment, & Justice, “Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) contains dangerous chemical additives such as phthalates, lead, cadmium, and/or organotins, which can be toxic to a child’s health. Over 90% of all phthalates are used to soften PVC products…PVC is also a major source of dioxin, one of the most toxic chemicals known to science.” You’ve probably heard about the dangers of phthalates and ensure your skin care products don’t contain them. They’ve also been banned in toys. However, PVC is still widely used in school supplies & backpacks.
While those characters backpacks may be cute, they’re usually made of PVC, or vinyl, and are leaking toxins into the air. Still seems harmless? Now put 30 of them in one small closed classroom for 7 hours. Now add kid’s lunches packed in a vinyl bag.
Until companies understand that parents are serious about kid’s health and refuse toxic products, they’ll continue using these dangerous chemicals. This year, look for PVC or vinyl free options. Need some ideas?
Our Eco-Gear bags are all PVC-free. Whether you’re looking for a new backpack, or a handy bag to take on one last summer vacation, no need to worry about harmful chemicals with these. Made from recycled bottles, and instead of commonly used and chemical-emitting PVC, they’ve created bags coated with EPO, a healthy alternative: a patented system called Ecoweave (EPO), which creates virtually no risk to the environment or to human health.
Our Goodbyn and Bynto lunchboxes are another safe option. Our remaining inventory is all made in the US. Since the company decided to move their manufacturing to China, we are not replenishing our stock. Limited quantities available!
Wexy Bags are a great option when disposable bags are necessary. Made in the US, they’re also biodegradable and BPA free.
Daily Green Special: Purchase an Eco-Gear backpack and a Goodbyn or Bynto lunch box and receive a free box of Wexy bags! Just write PVC-free in the checkout notes and we’ll add the free Wexy bags to your order. Offer valid until tomorrow’s post. Happy Monday!