In recent years, a growing number of schools have made a significant shift in their approach to student safety by opting for clear backpacks. This decision stems from a desire to create a secure environment and proactively address safety concerns within educational institutions. While this may sound like a sensible option, it can also be difficult to balance the benefits with the potential risks.
We will delve into the reasons behind the adoption of clear backpacks, as well as explore some of the downsides associated with traditional PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) backpacks.
While clear backpacks offer a transparent solution to security concerns, it is essential to acknowledge the downsides if careful selection and recommendations are not considered during the purchase process. To address material concerns, schools should seek ROHS compliant, low off-gassing PVC or better yet, select TPU. TPU is a much more durable, flexible (stretches instead of cracks), and clear material that is not only more environmentally friendly to produce but has virtually no odor or off-gassing. It may also be recycled at the end of its useful life.
Protecting the bag's contents and tech devices is another consideration as the majority of clear cases offer no padding, with only a thin layer of PVC material between what’s inside and the ground.
Fortunately, Higher Ground Gear has a solution to address all of these concerns. Higher Ground’s Safe N’ Clear backpack is the only clear pack with patent-pending, triple-layer, expanded mesh construction that provides see-through padding along the bottom and sides to protect your gear.
While the padded welt protects your tech, Higher Ground’s materials help protect your student. Both ROHS-compliant PVC (low off-gassing and CA Prop 65 compliant) and TPU are available options depending on a school’s budget, with TPU costing only a few dollars more per case. Additionally, Higher Ground’s materials are 50% thicker than other so-called “Heavy Duty” cases, making them stronger and more durable.
For over 2 decades, Higher Ground has been providing award-winning technology protection for school devices and knows how to build gear that lasts. When clear materials are sewn, the needle creates small perforations along each stitch line, becoming potential tear points (like perforated paper). Higher Ground has addressed this by re-enforcing all critical stress points and seams with edge binding and by double wrapping webbing/straps around the seam, sandwiching the clear material in between ensuring optimal strength. Higher Ground’s straps are so strong, they resisted a loading weight of over 175lbs before any failure occurred.
Higher Ground's Safe N' Clear Backpack stands as a testament to innovation, durability, and a commitment to student well-being. It's not just any clear backpack; it's a solution that protects your students, your devices, and the environment.
The adoption of clear backpacks in schools is a proactive step toward enhancing student safety. While they offer a transparent solution to security concerns, it is essential to acknowledge and address the potential downsides. Schools should provide clear recommendations to parents or better yet, assume control over the purchase process to reduce the chances of offending or underperforming materials entering the school environment. Striking a balance between security measures and students' individual needs is crucial for creating a safe and supportive educational environment.
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