July 10th, 2013

Non-Toxic Preschool Backpack Guide

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Non-Toxic Preschool Backpack Guide

Our summer just began a few short weeks ago so I’m really not willing to admit that it’s almost back-to-school time. But I know that it’s a reality for many who kick off the school year in August. So time to address the inevitable.

The emails are already pouring in with back-to-school product pitches and questions from readers.

One question that keeps coming up is ‘how to find a non-toxic backpack for kids?’

I’ve decided to break this question into a few different parts since the age of your child will determine what type of backpack they’ll use. I’m focusing on your toddler and preschool age kids in this post and I’ll be back again with choices for elementary school kids. Stay tuned!

What to avoid in a preschool backpack

No Vinyl, No PVC, No Phthalates, No Lead

If you’ve been following along here for a while you know that a study by the Center for Health, Environment and Justice’s(CHEJ) found children’s vinyl “back‐to‐school” supplies (including backpacks) contained elevated levels of phthalates, hazardous chemicals that have been banned in toys, yet remain widespread in vinyl back‐to‐school supplies.

Phthalates are hazardous at low levels of exposure, disrupt hormones in our bodies, and have been linked to birth defects, infertility, early puberty, asthma, ADHD, obesity, diabetes, and cancer. Not something you want in your child’s backpack!

Vinyl backpacks could also contain high levels of lead, which can wipe off onto children’s hands and ultimately end up in the child’s mouth.

Bottom Line: Don’t buy vinyl backpacks!

Here are a few non-toxic preschool backpack suggestions

Groovy Green Livin Non-Toxic Preschool Backpack
Green Sprouts Safari Friends Backpack These adorable backpacks are PVC and BPA free. There are four designs to choose from, a yellow lion, blue hippo, red monkey and green alligator.  So cute and perfect for a toddler or someone just entering preschool.

Price: $17.00

Groovy Green Livin Non-Toxic Preschool Backpack
Crocodile Creek Pocket Backpack I really love these backpacks. There are so many great designs to choose from and they’re the perfect size for younger children. Their backpacks are made of high-quality polyester and are BPA-free, PVC-free and phthalate-free.

Price: $27.00

Beatrix New York Little Kid Backpack Groovy Green Livin Non-Toxic Preschool BackpackAnother awesome line of pint-sized backpacks! Each preschool backpack is embroidered with a forest creature. The packs are designed for ages 2 to 5 and are PVC free, lead free, phthalate free & BPA free.

Price: $42.00

Groovy Green Livin Non-Toxic Preschool Backpack
Dabbawalla Backpacks These sweet little backpacks are sized and designed for preschoolers, with adjustable straps and a sturdy handle. They’re made from Eco-sponge neoprene, a durable fabric that is limestone -based. It has been tested in an independent lab and exceeds CPSIA standards for safety and is free of lead, PVC, BPA and Phthalates.

Price: $38.00

EcoZoo Kid’s Backpack Groovy Green Livin Non-Toxic Preschool BackpackYour preschooler won’t want to put this bag down. Made out of natural cotton this backpack comes in the shape of a puppy, panda, pig and more. It’s made from natural cotton and the company uses toxic free dyes to color the material. They’re BPA and Phthalate-free.

Price: $25.00

Do you have a favorite non-toxic backpack for a toddler or preschooler?

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14 Responses to “Non-Toxic Preschool Backpack Guide”

  1. So many monkey backpacks…so little time 🙂
    Jen @ Go Green recently posted..Building a Sustainable ShedMy Profile

  2. This guide to safe, non-toxic backpacks is crucial to read and share.
    It is critically important to protect our children from vinyl supplies which contain high levels of phthalates and other hazardous and banned chemicals.
    It is truly a disgrace that these are allowed to be sold for use by children.
    I am going to share it with friends, associates and family.
    Deborah Davis recently posted..Love & Pizza: Vegan Pizza Recipes That Satisfy My SoulMy Profile

  3. Ha! I didn’t notice that. There really are a lot of monkey backpacks!

  4. Thanks, as always, for voicing your support Deborah. I appreciate that you shared the information with family and friends. That’s how change happens!

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  8. Great article! Its so important for parents of kids in the toddler/preschool age group to have good options. One of the reason why I started making our all natural cotton kids bag for 3-6 years old. Our tote, which holds a kid size folder is popular with preschoolers and our Rover toddler bags only have cotton parts on the outside. Most importantly our bags are made in our hometown of SF!

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  13. So, are the backpacks that don’t state that they are lead free in your article, containing lead then? I’m confused.

  14. Hi Vanessa, Since this article was written in 2013 I would certainly check with the retailer to verify that the backpacks don’t contain lead. I think it’s time to update the article! Thanks for the reminder. Good luck!

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