When I learned that the Environmental Working Group had found asbestos in crayons and toys, I was terrified. Like most parents, I raised my kids on coloring books and crayons. Like most people, I thought asbestos was a thing of the past. But as I learned, asbestos is still legal–the carcinogen actually kills 15,000 Americans every year.
Sadly, the story on asbestos and kids is even scarier: Studies show that a child exposed to asbestos is 3.5 times more likely than an adult to develop mesothelioma, a lung disease caused only by asbestos. And with the new findings of asbestos in crayons and toys, this is a problem that affects all of us. Here are three things you can do about it:
1. Share this graphic, and warn other parents about the brands that contain asbestos.
2. Click here to sign EWG’s petition to get asbestos out of these crayons and toys.
3. Check brands on school and restaurant crayons and let them know if they are affected.
Let’s get together to make sure back to school is asbestos-free.