Is Your Christmas Tree Harboring Toxic Chemicals?
December 11, 2013
Study highlights long-lived hazards of poorly regulated chemical use
December 11, 2013 - New research has found thousands of pounds of hazardous chemicals in plastic beaded products, including beaded holiday garlands used on Christmas trees.
Non-profit Ecology Center researchers tested 19 beaded holiday garlands purchased from national retailers for substances that have been linked to asthma, birth defects, learning disabilities, reproductive problems, liver toxicity and cancer. The authors found, “these plastic bead products are being used as a dumping ground for old plastic waste, which is loaded with toxic chemicals.”
HealthyStuff.org tested the beaded products for chemicals based on their toxicity or their tendency to build up in people and the environment. These chemicals include lead, bromine (brominated flame retardants), chlorine (PVC and chlorinated flame retardants), cadmium, arsenic, tin (organotins), phthalates and mercury. Children commonly get exposed by handling the beads and putting them in their mouths.