Is your lunchbox made with di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate?

The Rock won't be happy to hear that he's toxic

The Rock isn’t happy about this.

According to a new study, lots of children’s school supplies have dangerously high levels of chemicals called phthalates.

Not just a tongue-twisting word, these chemicals have been linked to “birth defects, infertility, early puberty, asthma, ADHD, obesity, and diabetes.” So – and quite sensibly, we might add! – children’s toys with high concentrations of phthalates were banned in the USA in 2008.

But a new study from our friends at the Center for Health, Environment & Justice (with Empire State Consumer Project) found phthalates at dangerously high, levels in loads of children’s products: backpacks, binders, rainboots, etc.

As an example, one backpack showing WWE Wrestler “The Rock” was found to contain more than 12 times the legal limit of DnOP, a phthalate. If it were a child’s toy – something legally regulated because it’s likely that a child might put it in his or her mouth – it would be illegal. But instead it’s regulated as “school supplies” and, somehow, it’s totally fine to have such high levels of chemicals.

You can read more about their findings here.

There’s more.

It’s not all bad news. The CHEJ, which published the report, has also prepared a fitting counterpart: the parents’ guide to PVC-free school supplies.

Head to their website to download the wallet-sized guide, or to read more about which plastic products for kids are safe.

And they’re also looking at legislative solutions in communities across the country – so read up and see what role you can play!

All images courtesy Center for Health, Environment & Justice.

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