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Our children go to school to learn, play and make friends. Yet PVC, the most toxic plastic for our children’s health and well-being, is everywhere in most of our schools.

CHEJ developed This Vinyl School, an interactive website to raise awareness about this toxic plastic and how schools can switch to safer and affordable alternatives. Visit This Vinyl School to learn about safer solutions to this unnecessary plastic.

Harmful chemicals in vinyl products are chock full of toxic chemicals, like phthalates, which have been banned in children’s toys but are widespread in products like flooring in our schools.

Phthalates have been linked to asthma, learning and developmental disabilities, and obesity – chronic health problems that are on the rise in children and inhibit their ability to learn.   These chemicals are not just in the products, but are getting into our children’s bodies.  Every month, new studies come out that find PVC chemicals are harmful to children’s health, such as a recent study by researchers at Columbia University that found phthalates appear to be harmful to children’s brain development.

Major corporations like Google, Target and Apple are going PVC-free, and we think our schools should too.  Don’t you?

Visit This Vinyl School today, and then pass it on to friends, family, parents and teachers you know. Together we can build a healthier, toxic-free future for all.

This post originally appeared at CHEJ's Backyard Talk blog.

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