Safer Backpacks Cheat Sheet

Last updated on April 5th, 2022 at 10:25 am

Backpack manufactures are constantly changing the way they source and produce their products, making it a challenge for parents to figure out what is and is not safe. When it comes to safer backpacks for kids the main thing to avoid is PVC, but other nasty chemicals to avoid include phthalates, BPA and lead (with lead the best option is to choose lead free or lead safe).

A thing to note about making selections when it comes to supplies and gear for kids.  Choosing a product is tough sometimes, and while I only list products that the companies claim to be PVC, Lead and Phthalate free – it is a matter of trust too.  Some companies hide behind a broad “meets the standards” statement and other sing it loud and proud that they are completely free of toxins and have ethical practices.  It’s up to us as consumers to put our money where we think it’s best deserved.

I always wonder why I have to go digging within a company hotline or live chat to find out that the product is safe from lead or PVC.  If it is like they say, why not boast it right in the product description page like the small businesses that take care to avoid those things for us? Why make it so hard for us to find out?  In cases of the bigger vendors I noticed that the customer service reps were a little non-chalant about their answers.. “Yeah sure it’s free of all that stuff” or in some cases they’d tell me yes they were free of lead, phthalates, etc but couldn’t cough up any solid information about 3rd party testing.  So keep that in mind when making selections.

Some things should be seen as an investment.  I’m on a budget too but you can be budget conscious while supporting the companies that really care.

Backpacks Free from PVC, Phthalates, Lead and BPA.

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.

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