Before my wife went out to run some errands, she asked me if I needed anything and I said, yes – a spiral bound notebook. She went to this place called Building #19. It’s like a dollar store warehouse, full of deeply discounted books that no one wants to read, knock-off hand sanitizers and recycled toothpaste. I don’t like these stores much and don’t trust the quality and safety of the products. My fears escalated when my wife brought home my notebook made in India with this warning:
Good lord! I have nothing against the good people of India, but how is it that they can make a product so toxic for general consumption or export. Yes, I know, most everything causes cancer, which is the second leading cause of death in the U.S., but one would think that the sale of consumer products with known carcinogens, especially something like a notebook that is so widely used by children would be prohibited. And I’m curious about the warning, particularly, “known to the State of California to cause cancer”… Do these chemicals only cause cancer in California? Do other states disagree or are unaware that these chemicals are toxic? Where is the FDA or the CPSC in all of this? How is it even possible to buy a toxic spiral notebook? I want to take notes, not take down garden weeds. And how do I dispose of this notebook? Do I throw it out with the regular trash, recycle it or wait until hazardous waste drop-off day?