For this study, Healthystuff.org purchased 19 holiday beaded garlands of various colors, shapes and lengths from 6 national retailers (CVS, Walgreens, Lowes, Home Depot, Target and Walmart). These holiday garlands were purchased in Michigan between October and November of 2013.
Holiday Beaded Garland findings:
About 74% (14 of 19) of the beaded garlands had bromine levels above 400 parts per million (ppm), suggesting the use of brominated flame retardants.
About 42% (8 of 19) of the beaded garlands had Chlorine levels above 3,500 ppm, suggesting the use of PVC or chlorinated flame retardants.
The highest level detected for arsenic was 73 ppm.
Over two thirds (12 of 19) of the beaded garlands had levels of Lead exceeding 100 ppm. The highest level of Lead was 4,161 ppm found in a beaded garland purchased at Lowes.
The results of this study are summarized in the table below.