It’s September again. A time when, try as you might, you can’t help but notice that the days are getting shorter. And a time when you may still be organizing everything you and your family need for the start of a new school year.
If that’s the case, then why not try to make this the least toxic school year yet. School supplies can expose you to a wide range to toxic chemicals. For example they may contain polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastics, formaldehyde, and toxic solvents. 
What are the alternatives?
For backpacks, try to find one that is made from organic cotton, hemp or recycled rubber. 
For paper, the best bet is chlorine free, post consumer recycled paper
For markers and pens, go for water-based and non-toxic options. 
For lunch containers, avoid plastics that may contain bisphenol A. Don’t know what that is, check out our fact sheet. And if you haven’t yet, sign our petition to ban bisphenol A in food and beverage containers.
For desks, be sure to avoid wood treated with formaldehyde and instead buy solid wood with a non-toxic finish. 
If you have found great solutions to toxic school supplies, post a comment here, or write us an email. We’d love to hear your success stories.
Have a great school year!
Toxic Nation Campaigner