Check School Supplies For Poisonous Plastics

August 24, 2009|By Heidi Stevens | Heidi Stevens,Tribune Newspapers

Before you hit the stores, visit the Center for Health, Environment and Justice's Web site, where you'll find a printable wallet guide to steer you toward PVC-free art supplies, backpacks, lunchboxes and more. For example, the guide warns against paper clips and notebook spirals that are covered in colored plastic, which often contains PVC (polyvinyl chloride). Instead, stick to the plain metal clips and spirals. The center urges parents to avoid plastic items, in general, whenever possible. When plastic is unavoidable, check to see if the three-arrow recycling symbol on the bottom of the item has a "3" inside, which indicates it's made with PVC. The wallet guide and more information can be found at besafenet.com/pvc.

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