Testing Playground Mulch for Toxins

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Raised by 30 people in 41 months
We started researching rubber mulch for playground use when our son would come home from the school with headaches, stomach cramps, and a sore throat. He was constantly covered in black dust from the mulch, and had a chemical smell. He was blowing it out of his nose and who knows how much was ending up in his eyes and lungs. We became very concerned and found an overwhelming number of news stories articles about the health risks of this product.

There is a serious lack of testing done on the rubber mulch or crumb rubber, our children are playing on at schools, playgrounds, and athletic fields. Within the past few months we have campaigned to get testing and removal of the mulch on the playground with much research on our part. We truly believe in our cause. Our hopes are to start a campaign in our area of the removal of this unhealthy material and to spread awareness in the community, or how ever far we can.  When the information is presented right in front of you, it's very hard to deny the facts. The goal we have set is to cover the costs of testing for heavy metals, VOCs, off-gassing and leaching, toxins and carcinogens.  A local lab will collect the samples from our school's playground, and we will share the research with everyone.

The love you have for your children is like no other love in the world and if there is even a chance of something harming your child it’s worth changing. What can we do? We’re willing to do whatever it takes to find an alternative to the rubber chips, both monetarily and physically.  The more we read and discover, the more disturbed we’ve become. We encourage others to become better informed. A quick search online will give you an idea of how vast an issue this is. The research is limited, but the health hazards are spreading.

Please help us.
It’s not worth the risk of waiting.

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Our goal has been met! Huge thanks to everyone for the support. The test was collected by an EPA approved lab last Thursday. It's been sent to a 3rd party lab and we waiting a few weeks for the results. Another big thanks to Gofundme in helping to get the local media involved. There's much more to share and we are going to continue with the school board and families. The website will be up soon, and we are actively posting on facebook, Duluth Parents for Healthy Playgrounds. THANK YOU!!!!!!
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GoodMorning!! On the Facebook page duluth parents for healthy playgrounds you will find a petition. When you sign the petition ( and I know you will ) I encourage you to keep the box clicked that says to display your signature. It will go a long way to legitimize the petition. have a great day.
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well here is a update. There is a new facebook page . Duluth parents for healthy playgrounds. you can find a petition there that will be sent to the school district. Also I will be doing two interviews today. One for FOX news that looks like it will air tonight. The second for KBJR. I'm not sure when that will air. But I will keep you informed. Thanks everyone and don't forget to share.
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Wondering if there are any other parents who have experienced allergic reactions, or a rash, headaches, stomache cramps...ect. that can't be explained after playing on the shredded tires or crumb turfs? So far this summer, we've limited the number of days Jack goes to keyzone (daycare) at Lester Park school...and he has limited his playground use. He hasn't complained about his throat, stomach cramps, or headache all summer long. Even if you've just seen the black dust on your kids...or you find chips in your house...we would love to know about it, and any health concerns you may have. We have talked to other parents that have noticed the symtoms and rashes developing. This is getting too long...please facebook me with your thoughts, and share the word. Thank you from the Kirsling family!
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$1,170 of $1,170 goal

Raised by 30 people in 41 months
Created July 21, 2015
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John Hinners
40 months ago

I wrote a letter to the editor when the stuff was first installed pointing out there were 30 hazardous materials in it. I was responding to a frightening picture of a girl buried up to her face in it. No response. Thank you, Cory!

Jennifer Turner
40 months ago

The rubber mulch has to go!

40 months ago
40 months ago

The safety, health and welfare of children is paramount. Thank you for raising awareness!

Amanda Weaver
40 months ago

If you have kids donate whatever you can--their health and safety is worth it! Even if it's only $5, every dollar counts!

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