Safer School Supplies

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The American Nurses Association (ANA) encourages nurses to create a healthier environment by reducing exposure to polyvinyl chloride (PVC) products. With a new school year approaching, ANA urges health care professionals to educate themselves about environmentally friendly choices available when purchasing school supplies.

The Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ) has released the 2010 Back-to-School Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies to inform the public about choices that are safer for children, the community and the environment.

PVC products often contain phthalates which have been identified as possible carcinogens and endocrine disrupters. ANA urges healthcare professionals to find substitutes to PVC products in their work and home environments as part of ANA’s Principles of Environmental Health for Nursing Practice.

View the 2010 Back-to-School Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies. Download a wallet-sized version for shopping.