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What is Xylene?

You may have seen the statement ‘xyelne-free’ a lot when purchasing your whiteboard pens, but what does it mean? And why does it matter?

Quite simply, xylene is a solvent. It is a synthetic chemical produced from petroleum and coal tar. It is commonly used in the printing, rubber and leather industries.

Doesn’t sound good already, does it?

Breathing lots of vapours from products such as paint and varnish can expose you to xylene. This is then rapidly absorbed by your lungs, before being passed into your blood soon after entering the body.

Xylene can also stay in the air until it is broken down by sunlight and other chemicals.

Short term exposure to high levels of xylene can cause headaches, confusion and dizziness. More serious symptoms include skin, eyes, nose and throat irritation, breathing difficulty, impaired memory and stomach discomfort.

When choosing your whiteboard pens, it’s beneficial to choose pens that are xylene-free. Especially if they will be used in areas with little ventilation, or around children and those with weakened immune systems. Education and medical settings benefit from the use of xylene-free pens.

All Show-me pens are safety optimised with a range of features including xylene-free ink, check them out here.