08/20/2011 02:35 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Green Back-To-School Supplies For Your Child

It is that time of year again -- back to school!

With so much to think about already, how do you ensure your child's school supplies are safe and environmentally friendly?

The Center for Health, Environment & Justice has released its fourth annual "Back to School Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies," which looks at environmental and health risks associated with common school supplies.

According to the guide, lunch boxes, binders and even school bags can contain the toxic plastic PVC. This unique plastic is said to contain dangerous chemical additives such as lead, cadmium and phthalates, which Congress recently banned in children's toys. The guide says even small exposures to these chemicals can be a risk to children.

Here is a list of green alternatives when gearing up to send your child back to school.

Want more? Check out Inhabitat's list of green backpacks, and this list of the greenest colleges.

Go Green: Back To School