"Did you know toxic phthalates may be in your children's back-to-school supplies? Our brand new report, Hidden Hazards: Toxic Chemicals Inside Children's Vinyl Back-to-School Supplies found toxic chemicals linked to asthma and birth defects widespread in children's vinyl back-to-school supplies.
Seventy-five percent of children's "back-to-school" supplies tested in a laboratory had elevated levels of toxic phthalates, including popular Disney, Spiderman, and Dora branded school supplies, such as vinyl lunchboxes, backpacks, 3-ring binders, raincoats, and rainboots.
The levels of phthalates found in children's school supplies would be illegal if these products were toys. Just like toys, school supplies are used by young children that are uniquely vulnerable to chemical exposure."