When Non-Toxic Is Still Not Safe

December 31, 2017

When Non-Toxic Is Still Not Safe

Over the last decade or so, there’s been a strong mainstream consumer push for companies to create products that are not only less toxic to our environment, but for ourselves as well. And while it’s pretty easy to find products labeled as natural, non-toxic, green orearth-friendly, definitions are broad and often confusing. 

Many art markers used today in sports applications for marking on human skin state on the label that they are AP certified non-toxic. But what does AP Certified really mean? 

The Art and Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI) is an international association that comprises manufacturers of art, craft and creative materials. Their organization seeks to promote safety in art and creative products through its certification program.” When a product receives the AP Seal, it means that the product has been tested and that toxins were not found in sufficient quantities to be injurious to people; however this certification ONLY applies when that product is being used for the intent it was created. In other words, this doesn't mean it's safe to use markers containing the AP seal on skin. The marker is considered safe when used on materials like paper but is not specifically tested for use on the human body.

What ingredients are in these AP certified markers? We don’t know because there’s no requirement to list them. However many permanent ink markers, both art and industrial, used for body marking contain toxic chemicals such as Xylene, Toluene, and Cresol which are absorbed into the bloodstream through vapors and skin contact.

Xylene - Colorless toxic chemical with a distinctive odor. Known to cause minor skin irritations when absorbed into the skin, Xylene can cause pain, swelling, redness and itching. Toluene - Toluene is a toxic, clear, colorless liquid that when it comes in contact with air, it turns into a vapor at room temperature. The vapor has a distinctive sharp or sweet odor which is a sign of exposure.

Toluene - affects the central nervous system including the skin, eyes, respiratory system, kidneys and liver.

Cresol - A liquid that can come in many different colors including yellow, brownish-yellow, pink AND colorless. Reports from skin exposure have included severe skin burns, scarring and toxicity that affects numerous systems in the body.

Why subject your body to toxic chemicals when there's an alternative? 

When it comes to products and our bodies, it’s important to know that we have choices. SportSafe™ marker inks were created with you, our discerning consumer in mind. Our markers contain body safe FDA compliant cosmetic ingredients (ingredients are clearly listed on each product) that are water resistant and easy to remove when you’re ready. So at your next event, when you’re looking for a body marker for identification or to express yourself, choose the one that’s safe: SportSafe!