The U.S. Public Interest Research Group tested the safety of a number of popular school items. The test results were recently made public and contained some very concerning information. Among some of the most concerning results was Playskool brand crayons sold at Dollar Tree, Amazon, ebay and www.DollarDays.com allegedly contained traces of asbestos. It is legal for crayons to contain the carcinogen in the United States. Also, three-ring binders sold at Dollar Tree purportedly contained high levels of phthalates, and dry-erase markers were found to contain benzene, which is considered a potential carcinogen.
The U.S. Public Interest Research Group conducts such tests every year. Over the last thirty years, its efforts have led to more than 150 recalls and regulatory actions.