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

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