07 August 2009

Tips for PVC Free School Supplies

Taken from CHEJ Back To School Guide:

Tips for Avoiding PVC in School Supplies

Art Supplies
Avoid PVC in smocks. Avoid modeling clays made of PVC (polymer clays such as Fimo and Sculpey).
Avoid backpacks with shiny plastic designs as they often contain PVC and may contain lead.
Clothing and Accessories
Look for PVC-free materials in raincoats, rain boots, prints on clothing, and accessories such as handbags, jewelry and belts.
Lunch Boxes and Food-Wrap
Use cloth lunch bags or metal lunch boxes.Many plastic lunch boxes are made of or lined with PVC. 
Use PVC-free butcher paper, waxed paper, parchment paper, low density polyethylene (LDPE) or cellulose bags for food-wrap.
Avoid notebooks with metal spirals encased in colored plastic as it usually contains PVC.
Stick to the plain metal paperclips. Colored paper clips are coated with PVC.
Three-Ring Binders
Use cardboard, fabric-covered, or polypropylene
Utensils and Dishware
Use stainless steel utensils. If you require disposable dinnerware, look for bio-based (made with PLA or PHA plastics) cutlery and plates.
Use glass or stainless steel drinking containers. If you require plastic, avoid PVC, polystyrene (PS) and polycarbonate (PC) plastics.
Never microwave with plastics. Use glass, stoneware, or ceramic dishware and containers instead. Heating plastic increases the chances of chemical additives such as bisphenol A, phthalates or other additives
leaching into food and beverages.
(**Better yet, Get rid of the microwave! Dead food never did anyone any good!)
The CHEJ has even put together a list of supplies and companies that contain are PVC FREE! Yeah!

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