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Back to School Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies

Many children’s school supplies, such as lunchboxes, backpacks and binders, are often made out of PVC—an unnecessary toxic plastic that is dangerous to our health and the environment across its lifecycle: from production, to use, to disposal.

This guide lists the most common back-to-school supplies made out of polyvinyl chloride (PVC or vinyl) plastic and suggests safer PVC-free alternatives.

Resource | Tax

Fact Sheet: End Tax Write-Offs for Wrongdoing

Explains how taxpayers foot the bill when companies that commit misdeeds against the public write off the costs as a tax deduction.

Phthalates Fact Sheet

Phthalates are chemicals added to PVC plastic to make it soft and flexible. Among many other things, they are used in soft plastic toys and other baby products, such as teethers, bath books, and rubber ducks. Because phthalates are not chemically bonded to PVC molecules, phthalates are given off freely by PVC. Because children have a natural tendency to suck on objects as a way of exploring the world around them, phthalates can leach out of these products and enter their bodies.

Resource | Public Health

Maryland's proposed 2017 emissions regulations

Ground level ozone is pollution that sits just above the earth’s surface, causing poor air quality and contributing to respiratory issues. As the main component of smog, this type of pollution is not released into the atmosphere itself, but results from a reaction involving volatile organic compounds (VOCs), or ‘off-gassing.’

Toxic Tris Fact Sheet

Toxic flame retardant chemicals TCEP and TDCPP have been found in baby products and furniture. Evidence linking TCEP and TDCPP to cancer, reproductive problems, and developmental problems is concerning. 

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