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Toxic art supplies that put your kids at risk

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The current nuclear reactor scare in Japan has sent many Americans running for potassium iodide pills for fear the toxic radiation may reach the States in dangerous amounts. According to experts, there is no reason to panic. Perhaps toxins already in your home should be of more concern, particularly if you have kids.
The current nuclear reactor scare in Japan has sent many Americans running for potassium iodide pills for fear the toxic radiation may reach the States in dangerous amounts. According to experts, there is no reason to panic. Perhaps toxins already in your home should be of more concern, particularly if you have kids.

Dangerous arts and crafts

Whether you regularly do arts and crafts with your kids or are a crafter yourself, the art supplies you use can have a significant impact on your health. Many art products can contain BPA, PVC, phthalates, lead and other heavy metals, melamine, chemical flame retardants, parabens and other harsh chemicals.

Toxic art supplies

How often do you or your kids wear an allergy mask or respirator while your doing art projects? Probably never, yet according to the crafters at MightyNest.com, conventional art materials often have potential human carcinogens in the form of dusts, powders, vapors, gases and aerosols which can be easily inhaled. Exposure to these chemicals can result in headaches, nausea, breathing problems, lung and kidney damage, and even cancer.

Children most at risk of toxins
 
Children are most at risk for toxins in art supplies because

1) they are more likely to touch their face and mouth after handling art supplies, and

2) young children are less tolerant to hazardous substances.

Avoid these toxic art supplies

Here are the arts and crafts supplies the experts at MightyNest.com want you to avoid:

  • Rubber cement - contains hexane or heptane which are potent neurotoxins

  • Solvent-based and alcohol-based markers (permanent or waterproof ones) - contain xylene, which is a neuro, kidney, reproductive, and respiratory toxin

  • Tempera paints - may contain formaldehyde, phenol, PVC and highly toxic trachloroethane

  • Paint thinners of any kind

  • Instant papier maches - can contain asbestos fibers or lead

  • Materials with a strong smell (solvent is likely present)

  • Oil-based pastels - may contain lead chromate and toxic pigments

  • Finger paints containing formaldehyde


Check your current art supplies and discard the potentially toxic products, and take this list to the craft store so you know which products are not safe for you or your kids.

For more information on healthy, non-toxic home products, visit MightyNest.com.

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