Keep Dangerous Toxins Out of School Supplies

Target: U.S. Senate

Goal: Ensure that school supplies are produced without dangerous toxins

A recent testing of school supplies done in New York revealed that an alarming number of items that children use everyday is contaminated with dangerous chemicals and toxins. Senator Charles Schumer warned parents about the numerous school products, such as backpacks, lunch boxes, and binders that may actually pose a threat to young children. These items can be contaminated with phthalates, a toxic chemical that can has been linked to asthma, attention deficiency hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and diabetes.

The Center for Health, Environment and Justice discovered that roughly 75% of these school supplies contain phthalates or PVCs, polyvinyl chlorides that are used in creating teething toys. These products, such as Disney and Spider-man lunchboxes are very popular amongst children, and now they pose a huge threat for them. Phthalates have been banned from the production of toys but are not banned from school supplies because supplies do not fall under the same category. Schumer is attempting to get the senate to pass the Safe Chemical Act, which would require companies to prove that their products are safe to use by children.

According to ABC4 news, Schumer expressed his concerns over this discovery: “School supplies are supposed to help our children with their education, they shouldn’t be harming their health…We don’t allow high levels of these toxic chemicals in children’s toys and we certainly shouldn’t allow them in back-to-school products. When kids take their lunch to school this fall, they shouldn’t be carrying it in a lunchbox laden with toxic chemicals.”

The U.S. Senate must protect the safety of children and pass the Safe Chemical Act. Companies must be held accountable for the products they manufacture, and ensure that they are safe to use. Children love Disney backpacks and lunchboxes, and they should be allowed to use them safely. Children are our future and they need to be protected by creating a law that would require companies to prove that they have manufactured safe products for children.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear U.S. Senate,

The Center for Health, Environment and Justice revealed that about 75% of school supplies are made with toxic chemicals that can severely harm children. Phthalates, dangerous toxins that have been linked to asthma, attention deficiency hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and diabetes, are present in items, such as book bags, lunchboxes, and three-ring binders. These products are used by children every day, endangering their health every second. Phthalates are illegal to use in the production of children’s toys, but since supplies are not toys, there are no such regulations.

It is vital for you to make sure that products with phthalates or other dangerous chemicals can no longer be legally manufactured. Senator Charles Schumer is pushing for the Safe Chemical Act, which would require companies to prove that they have not used any harmful chemicals in the production of their items. This act will help protect innocent children from health risks.

By passing the act, you will help protect children all around our nation.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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