With the new school year about to begin, it’s once again time for back-to-school shopping. What many parents are unaware of is that popular supplies our children use such as markers, crayons, binders, and dry erase markers often contain dangerous, toxic chemicals.
In 2018, the nonprofit U.S. PIRG conducted a test of 27 different school supplies and found that there could be dangerous chemicals in things as common as Playskool crayons and Jot three-ring binders. And in case that’s not scary enough, the chemicals in The Board Dudes dry erase markers can even disrupt a child’s hormonal system, with links to breast cancer, prostate cancer, and infertility.
Harmful Chemicals Are Widespread
The prevalence of these toxic chemicals in supplies is astounding. Cleaning wipes that teachers often use in the classroom are made of plastic and commonly contain chemicals. Even hand soap and sanitizers, which we teach our children to use to clean their hands, often contain chemicals.
With these harmful chemicals being so widespread, it can be tough to determine whether or not an item is actually toxic. This is only compounded by the fact that, unfortunately, many items pass inspection because substance levels fall within permissible limits. Luckily, there are still things that can be done to reduce the chances of buying your kids items with these chemicals. Look for products labeled as being made from non-toxic materials, or made with natural materials. There are also resources that can be used to help parents identify products that do not contain toxic chemicals.
We Can Help
When it comes to your kids’ health and the supplies they use, the best thing that you can do is to be proactive and to do your own in-depth research into products. You are the best advocate for your children.
If using a toxic product has harmed your child, it is imperative that you act to get what you deserve. You and your family should not have to pay the price for the carelessness or recklessness of others.