Check-up on Fall Children's School Supplies

For this study, HealthyStuff.org tested 101 children’s school supplies, including a variety of backpacks, binders, lunch boxes, pencil pouches and rulers. These products were purchased from 8 national retailers: CVS, Dollar Tree Stores, Inc., Kroger, Meijer, Target, Walgreens and Walmart.

Key Findings:

  • Four of the products were selected for phthalate plasticizer testing:
    • A Rainbow Animal Print Backpack by Pro Sport, retailed by Kroger, contained 5.4% DEHP--a phthalate banned by the U.S. CPSC--in the backpack textiles.
    • The other three products contained non-phthalate plasticizers DOTP and tributyl acetyl citrate
  • 6% (6 of 101) of the products contained Pb above 100 ppm, exceeding the CPSC limit set for children’s products.
  • A compass purchased at Target contained 20,316 ppm of Pb (in the tip of the compass).
  • A rainbow animal print backpack purchased at Kroger had 967 ppm of Pb.

 

Published on September 4, 2014

Sample Listing

2014-2015 CustoMYize Student Planner
low
Adventure Time Backpack
high
Black and White Magnets
medium
Black Deluxe Binder with View Pockets
high
Black Drawstring Backpack
low
Black Plastic Folder with Hearts
low
Black Plastic Index Card Case
low
Black Plastic Reusable Envelope
low
Black Stretchable Book Cover
high
Black Two Pocket Pencil Pouch
high
Blue 3-Ring Binder
high
Blue Deluxe Zipper Pouch
high
Blue Fabric Carry-All Case
high
Blue Glitter Personal Notebook
medium
Blue Index Card Case with Index Cards
low
Blue Plastic Compass
low
Blue Plastic Protractor
Blue Plastic Slider Pencil Case
low
Blue Poly Folder with Two Pockets
low
Blue Twist-it Ruler
high
Bright Transparent Pink Pencil Box
low
Clear Plastic Protractor
Dimensions Plastic Pencil Box
low
Floral Slider Pencil Box
low
Green 3 Ring 1 Inch Binder
high
Green 3-Ring Binder
high
Green Floral Report Cover
high
Green Fuzzy Pencil Case
high
Green Plastic Clipboard
low
Green Plastic Pencil Box
low
Green Poly Padded 3 Ring Binder
medium
Grey and Green Lunch Bag
high
Hello Kitty Lunch Box
high
Insulated Lunch Bag with Waterproof Lining
medium
Light Blue Binder - 2 Inch
medium
Light Blue Slider Pencil Box
low
Light Blue Snap Ruler
Light Green Insulated Food Jar
low
Light Green Portfolio Folder
medium
Locking Pencil Box
high
Magnetic Pencil Cup
high
Magnetic Wire Cups
high
Mario Backpack
high
Mario Kart Lunch Box
high
Math Set with Case- 10 Piece
high
Metal Pencil Box
medium
Multicolored Insertable Tab Dividers
high
Multicolored Pencil Comfort Grips
low
Multicolored Pencil Gel Grips
low
Multicolored Pencil Grips
high
Multicolored Pencil Grips with Designs
low
Multicolored Pushpins
medium
Multicolored Zipper Pouch
high
Neon Green Plastic Pencil Box
high
Orange Flexible Ruler
Orange Neon Pencil Case
high
Peel and Stick Message Board and Calendar
low
Pencil-Shaped USB Drive
high
Pink Antimicrobial Binder
low
Pink Calculator
low
Pink Floral Report Cover
high
Pink Plastic Binder
low
Pink Plastic Pencil Case
Pink Slap Ruler
Pink Zebra Striped Pencil Pouch
high
Plastic Binder Pouch
high
Plastic Crayon Box - Blue
low
Plastic Protractor
Purple Grillz Zipper Pouch
high
Purple Poly Folder with Two Pockets
low
Rainbow Animal Print Backpack
high
Recycled Plastic Pencil Box
low
Red Binder Pocket
low
Red Expandable File Folder
high
Red Flexible Protractor
high
Red Flexible Ruler
none
Red Lunch Bag
high
Red Plastic Folder
medium
Red Plastic Pencil Case
low
Red Plastic Slider Pencil Case
low
Red Poly Padded 3 Ring Binder
low
Reflective Stickers
high
Seven Pocket Expanding File Binder
medium
Shatter Resistant Plastic Ruler
Silicon Zipper Pouch
medium
Soft Grip Scissors with Print
medium
Spiderman Lunch Bag
medium
Spiderman Tin Pencil Box
medium
Spiderman USB Drive
high
Star Wars Thermos Water Bottle
medium
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Backpack
high
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pencil Case
high
Trailmaker Classic Backpack
high
Transparent Green Shatterproof Ruler
University of Michigan Back-Sack
high
Wavy Plastic Binder
high
White Durable Clear Cover Binder
high
Yellow 2-pocket Portfolio Folder
low
Yellow Pencil Pouch
high
Yellow Three Prong Portfolio Binder
medium

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