Students Return to Class Thanks to AusPen Non-Toxic Markers

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Chemically-sensitive students across North America struggle to stay in classrooms due to toxic dry erase markers. One Washington state student is happy to be back with her peers after finding an alternative, AusPen eco-friendly markers.

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there are many, many individuals that have become loyal users of AusPen markers due to the issues with toxicity and the fact they couldn’t physically attend school any longer. AusPen markers allowed them to return to the classroom.

Armed with a case of AusPen non-toxic dry erase markers, Shoreline Community College student Jennie Bannier walked back into the classroom after being forced out by noxious fumes. Bannier’s troubling experience is far from the exception, as many students and office workers are being forced to stay home due to toxicity in the classroom and office. The AusPen non-toxic markers have been a key factor in allowing these chemically-sensitive individuals to resume their normal lives.

It was after three days of math class in the spring quarter that Bannier suffered serious health complications which forced her from the classroom. She attributed the attack to her hypersensitivity to certain chemicals, in this case the Xylene that is contained in most dry erase markers. She starts feeling the effects in a matter of seconds. “I cannot breath at all,” said Bannier. “I get physically ill, all over, just like having the flu.”

In an attempt to return to class, Bannier began a search for non-toxic markers. The search led her to the AusPen markers, distributed in North America by EcoSmart Products (http://www.ecosmartworld.com). AusPen markers use non-toxic ink and are incredibly eco-friendly, as they are refillable, made from recycled material and recyclable. They are pegged as “the world’s most environmentally-responsible dry erase marker”.

To many users, such as Bannier, the critical fact is that they are Xylene-free and do not cause problems for those who are hyper sensitive to chemical exposure. Her school agreed to integrate the markers into her classrooms, resulting in her successful return to class.

While her reaction to Xylene was extreme, she is not alone in facing health issues regarding classroom toxicity. There are an increasing number of students and teachers who face chemical sensitivity, ranging in degrees of severity. At Shoreline Community College alone, there are about 20 students who registered last quarter as being chemically sensitive, according to Special Services director Kimberley Thompson.

EcoSmart Products’ Maureen O’Neill stated that “there are many, many individuals that have become loyal users of AusPen markers due to issues with toxicity and the fact they couldn’t physically attend school any longer. AusPen markers allowed them to return to the classroom. Chemical-sensitivity is a serious issue, even for those that aren’t forced from the class, but have to manage the symptoms of headaches, dizziness, nausea, etc. It is a growing issue and a medical condition that worsens over time as exposure increases.”

AusPen markers are currently used by thousands of teachers and office workers across North America.

About EcoSmart Products:
EcoSmart Products (http://www.ecosmartworld.com) is the exclusive North American distributor of AusPen eco-friendly dry erase markers.

For more information about this topic please call Maureen O’Neill at 1.866.328.7736 or e-mail maureen(at)ecosmartworld(dot)com
Website: http://www.ecosmartworld.com

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