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How to Buy PVC-Free School Supplies

Make informed decisions when it comes to buying safe plastic-alternative school supplies.


  • Step 1: Go online Go online and search for PVC-free school supplies to familiarize yourself with safe plastic-alternative materials.
  • Step 2: Download and print Download and print the Back-to-School Guide for PVC-Free School Supplies published by the Center for Health, Environment and Justice at, where you will obtain all the information needed to buy safe plastic.
  • TIP: Download and print out the condensed wallet-size guide so you can carry it with you.
  • Step 3: Go online to shop Shop online for plastic-alternative school supplies that are PVC-free and manufactured from recycled and natural materials.
  • Step 4: Shop at the major retail level Go shopping online at major retailers where you can also choose PVC-free alternative plastic products from environmentally friendly or green product lines.
  • TIP: Look for the standard recycling symbol and don't buy school supplies with the number 3 located in the center or letters V or PVC directly under the recycling symbol. If in doubt contact the manufacturer.
  • Step 5: Relax Relax now that you know you have bought safe alternative-plastic school supplies for your child, and you have made the world more environmentally friendly at the same time.
  • FACT: Studies have suggested a connection between vinyl flooring and autism in children.

You Will Need

  • Internet access
  • Printer
  • Phone (optional)

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