Sen. Schumer sounds the alarm on toxic school supplies


One lawmaker is pushing for safer school supplies after a new report suggests toxic chemicals can be found in the common tools students use in school. 

The report from consumer advocacy group U.S. PIRG points to supplies like crayons, markers, rulers, and 3-ring binders as common supplies with toxic chemicals. New York Senator Chuck Schumer is calling on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to investigate. 

“What we found in this report is a rose may be a rose, but when it comes to school supplies, a crayon may not be just a crayon,” Senator Schumer said. “Instead, depending on the product, that crayon, that marker, even that binder might have dangerous chemicals in it like phthalates, that science has long proved can make kids sick.”

Leap Year Publishing, which makes Playskool Crayons, told the Washington Post earlier this month it is conducting a “thorough investigation.” 

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