Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tips on Avoiding PVC School Supplies

Art Supplies
- avoid PVC in smocks. Avoid modeling clays made of PVC (polymer clays such as Fimo and Sculpey)

Backpacks
- avoid backpacks with shiny plastic designs as they often contain PVC and may contain lead.

Clothing and Accessories
- look for PVC-free materials in raincoats, rainboots, prints on clothing and accessories such as handbags, jewelry and belts.

Lunchboxes and Food-wrap
- use cloth lunch bags or metal lunchboxes. Many plastic lunch boxes are made of or lined with PVC.
- Use PVC-free butcher paper, waxed paper, parchment paper, low density polyethylene (LDPE) or cellulose bags for food-wrap.

Notebooks
- avoid notebooks with metal spirals encased in colored plastic as it usually contains PVC.

Paperclips
-stick to the plain metal paperclips. Colored paper clips are coated with PVC.

Three-Ring Binders
- use cardboard, fabric-covered, or polypropylene

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