Here is where things get tricky for SafeMama. Since my “job” here is to provide you with the safest options I can dig up, my list for these is limited. It’s true, the thing most important to avoid is PVC in kids products (CHEJ will back me up on that – they have recommended brands that are PVC Free). But after doing some research I discovered that while some backpacks are PVC free, certain brands could not tell me their backpacks were phthalate free.
LL Bean indicated to me that their backpacks “meet the standards set forth by the government” but would not say they are free of phthalates. When I pressed they said, there could be traces of phthalates (perhaps in the glues or sealants used to bind the seams?) in the backpacks but that they were below the legal limit. So here’s where I leave the choice up to you. If “below the legal limit” is ok with you, then by all means. I just want to make it known so you can decide what’s right for you.
Backpacks Free from PVC, Phthalates, Lead and BPA.
- Beatrix New York
- LL Bean
- Sugarbooger Zippee Backpacks
- Stephen Joseph- only the Quilted and Sidekick backpacks, others could contain pvc.
- Dabbawalla Backpacks
- Dwell Studios Backpacks
- EcoGear Backpacks
Backpacks Free from PVC, Phthalates, BPA and lead safe
The following are companies that provided a bit of a “murky” definition of what is and is not used to produce their backpacks, but all of the below are PVC free.
- Lands End (We would like to reassure you that the Lands’ End lunch boxes and back packs are not made with PVC. In addition, we have an independent lab that tests our lunch boxes, backpacks, and diaper bags and they confirm that our product not only meets, but also exceeds all safety requirements for lead. Because lead is a naturally occurring element, we are not able to guarantee that any of our lunch boxes is 100% lead free, but there were no detectable levels of lead in them. We test all water bottles, insulated containers and plastic containers for BPA. All lunch box liners and trim is tested and meets the United States federal safety standards for phthalates.)
- Garnet Hill (Garnet Hill’s backpacks are PVC Free and BPA, phthalate and lead safe.)
- High Sierra (All items advertised via HighSierra.com are BPA and PVC free with very low lead (levels)).
- Jansport (Thank you for contacting JanSport. Our company made a decision some years ago to change all of our products to PVC free. You can rest assured that our product will not contain traces of it. As Far as BPA, phtalates and lead there is not a 100% guarantee that our packs would not have any traces in them.)
- Hanna Anderson (Thank you for taking the time to e-mail us today. All Hanna backpacks and back pack products meet or exceed the “safe for children” CPSIA (Children?s Product Safety Improvement Act) limits for lead, phthalates and BPA. All are PVC free except the rolling bag.)
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