Back-To-School Products Contain 'Asbestos, Lead, and Other Dangerous Chemicals'—DO NOT PURCHASE

August 09, 2018

It's about that time of year again, where kids get ready to go to school. New clothes, school supplies, and the like all need to be purchased.

Well, there are a few products you will want to be especially careful about. A recent study has found harmful ingredients popular back-to-school supplies.

CNN states in a recent post, "Parents may want to take a second look at their back-to-school supplies this season, as a report has found traces of asbestos, lead and other dangerous chemicals in popular school supplies."

But what products are these exactly and how exactly was it found? Keep scrolling to learn more.

How It Was Found

The US Public Interest Research Group Education Fund states, "U.S. PIRG Education Fund tested dozens of school supplies including markers, crayons, dry erase markers, glue, 3-ring binders, spiral notebooks, lunchboxes and water bottles. We found several supplies containing asbestos, lead, benzene and other dangerous chemicals.

As you may know, these are NOT good for children to be around. Even trace amounts of asbestos alone can lead to some pretty harmful side effects including lung cancer and mesothelioma. 

Products to Avoid

Here is a list of the brands to avoid with their corresponding contaminate:

Playsckool Crayons sold at Dollar Tree due to "trace amounts of asbestos."

Base Brands Children's Reduce Hydro Pro Furry Friends water bottle sold at Costco, as well as GSI Outdoor (formally sold by L.L. Bean), due to high levels of lead contamination. Lead can lead to "severe developmental and behavioral problems."

Jot brand blue 3-ring binder due to high levels of phthalates. "High levels of phthalates can lead to birth defects, hyperactivity, and reproductive problems."

Board Dudes brand markers due to benzene. "Benzene is a known carcinogen linked to leukemia, and disruptions in sexual reproduction and liver, kidney and immune system function."

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What You Can DO!

Kara Cook-Schultz, U.S. PIRG Education Fund Toxics Director had this to say about the recalls in school supplies, "Based on our testing, we know that most manufacturers make safe school supplies. We’re calling on the makers of unsafe products to get rid of toxic chemicals and protect American schoolchildren."

At Inspiring Day, we encourage you to share this article with as many people as you know! Nothing speaks louder than lowered sales. 

Also, please avoid buying these products this year. We wish you all a happy and safe school year!