NON Toxic Back to School Shopping                

Summer time is fading and soon parents will begin to prepare their precious little ones for school.  The preparation for school begins will a long list of school supplies.  I recently watched a video interview of Dr. Noreen Mayberry (AKA The Tox Doc) she had advise for parents and students on potential sources of toxins in school supplies.  This was a good reminder to keep a look out for toxins when shopping for supplies.

Here are a couple of the tips that stood out that the Tox Doc mentioned in the interview:

  • Avoid plastic lunch boxes unless they state they are PVC free lunch boxes.  A suggestion mentioned was to use a metal lunchbox or a fabric lunchbox.
  • Look for the recycling symbols 3, 6 and 7 to avoid using products that contain PVC.
  • Anything plastic that is soft and shiny should be avoided because it could contain phthalates
  • Antibacterial and antimicrobial products should not be used by children. They can be hormone disrupter for girls especially.  Use regular soap to clean your hands
  • Shiny bags, pencil cases and backpacks can contain phthalates.  Suggestion is to move to natural materials.

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If you would like to watch the interview just press play on the video below.


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