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PVC Free Products for Your School and Home
Safe, cost-effective alternatives to PVC are readily available for virtually every use. From safe plastics, to bio-based materials, there is a growing market replacing hazardous PVC products. You can help build consumer demand for safer, healthier products by avoiding the purchase of PVC. One way to be sure if the packaging of a product is made from PVC is to look for the number “3” inside or the letter “V” underneath the universal recycling symbol. In addition, soft flexible plastic products that are made with PVC often have a distinct odor, such as vinyl shower curtains. If you suspect that a product is made of PVC, contact the product manufacturer and ask them directly about the materials used in the product or packaging and your concerns about PVC.
CHEJ is proud to announce the release of our Back-to-School Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies to help you make healthy shopping choices that are safer for your kids, your community and the environment. Many children’s school supplies, such as lunchboxes, backpacks and binders, are often made out of PVC—a toxic plastic that is dangerous to our health and the environment. This guide lists the most common back-to-school supplies made out of toxic PVC and suggests safer PVC-free products in over 35 product categories. You can also download a wallet-sized version of the guide for your shopping needs on the go.
CHEJ has created this Guide to PVC-Free School Office Supplies and Building Materials to empower your K-12 school or college/university to make smarter, healthier purchasing and building choices for a toxic-free future. This guide lists the most common school supplies and building materials made out of PVC and suggests where to find safer PVC-free alternatives.
This Vinyl School: Where is PVC Hiding in Your School?
We’ve created a fun and interactive website, This Vinyl School, to educate parents, teachers and students about some of the most common products made out of PVC in schools, and more importantly, safer alternatives schools can purchase. Visit This Vinyl School to click through various rooms in a school to find out where this dangerous plastic is hiding and find healthier products.
Pass Up the Poison Plastic – The PVC-Free Guide for Your Family & Home.
Worried about toxic chemicals in toys, baby products, and your home? CHEJ is proud to announce our latest resource – Pass Up the Poison Plastic – The PVC-Free Guide for Your Family & Home. The guide lists the most common consumer products made out of PVC and safer PVC-free products including baby products, children’s toys, electronics, and more. Download your copy today.
Below you will find a number of well-researched reports on safe alternatives to some of the most widely used PVC products.
Reports and Resources on Safe Alternatives to PVC*
- A Review of the Availability of Plastic Substitutes for Soft PVC in Toys
- Alternatives to PVC Building Materials
- Alternatives to PVC Building Materials for Health Care
- Alternatives to PVC and DEHP Medical Devices
- Alternatives to PVC Medical Devices for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
- Back to School Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies
- Back to School Wallet Guide
- Building Green Without Going in the Red
- Case Studies of Healthcare Facilities Reducing PVC
- Economics of Phasing Out PVC
- The Future of Fabric
- Greening Consumer Electronics: Moving Away from Bromine and Chlorine
- Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics
- Greenpeace’s Plastic Pyramid
- The Green Screen for Safer Chemicals
- Health Care Institutions Moving Away from PVC / DEHP
- Healthy Alternatives for Interior Flooring and Finishes
- Healthy Business Strategies for Transforming the Toxic Chemical Economy
- Pass Up the Poison Plastic – the PVC-Free Guide for Your Family & Home
- The Pharos Project
- The Plastics Scorecard
- PVC-Free Pipe for Purchasers
- PVC Toy Report Card – 2003
- Resilient Flooring & Chemical Hazards
- Smart Plastics Guide
- Back to the Future: Plastics Made from Plants Instead of Toxic Chemicals
*Most of these materials are Adobe Acrobat PDF files. If you don’t have Adobe Acrobat or Reader, click here.