2013 End-of-the-Year 'Wrap up'

To wrap up 2013, tested 117 products purchased from 9 national retailers (Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowe’s, CVS, Walgreens, Dollar Tree Stores, Inc., and Kroger). The products tested included children’s accessories, household and home improvement products, and holiday themed decorations (lights, ornaments, and holiday beaded garlands). This winter screening joins a series of studies has released in the past months showing how toxic chemicals continue to lurk in everyday consumer products.

2013 Releases:

Summary of Findings:

  • Nearly one third of the products (38 of 117) contained levels of bromine above 400 ppm, suggesting the use of brominated flame retardants (BFRs). 13 of these products contained over 20% (above 20,000 ppm) of bromine by weight.
  • About 21% (24 of 117) of the products contained levels of lead above 100 ppm.
    • 21 of these 24 products were holiday beaded garlands, ornaments and other decorations.
    • The highest level of lead detected in this study was in a set of headphones purchased at Best Buy that had 335,528 ppm.
  • 38% of the products contained levels of chlorine above 3,500 ppm, suggesting the use of PVC or chlorinated flame retardants.
  • Six of our products contained levels of arsenic above 100 ppm. Two of these products were light fixtures, which contained levels of arsenic containing glass above 1,000 ppm.

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