WARNING: School Supplies May be Toxic
Kids across the metro recently started the fall semester. Now, a new warning has been issued about backpacks and school supplies that may not be safe.
Researchers tested a sample of commonly used products including backpacks. The results showed about 75 percent of them contain toxic chemicals called Phthalates. Lawmakers want tougher restrictions on using them.
“They’re already banned in children’s toys in the U.S.,” said Senator Charles Schumer of New York. “They’ve been shown to be harmful. The fact that a product, a Phthalate could be banned in toys but is allowed in children’s school supplies makes no sense.”
Small children have their own special sensitivities to chemicals they are exposed to according to doctors.
Other school supplies where the chemical is found is lunch bags, three-ring binders and rain boots.
Continued exposure to Phthalates can cause hormonal changes. It can also cause early puberty and has been known to cause birth defects.
Experts recommend limiting children’s exposure to anything with vinyl and use items that are made of cloth or cardboard when choosing school supplies.