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March Badness - Most Toxic Product Award Announced!

April 1, 2014

Over 2,000 March Badness fans voted in the past two weeks - The University of Florida Lunch Bag has won the Most Toxic Product award! The lunch bag contained levels of lead that exceed the US Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) standards.

HealthyStuff.org tested 65 university-themed products (representing 19 universities) for substances that have been linked to asthma, birth defects, learning disabilities, reproductive problems, liver toxicity, and cancer. The study found that over 71% of the products tested contained one or more toxic chemicals, including arsenic, lead, bromine, chlorine and mercury and cadmium. Several of the products tested routinely exceeded CPSC standards for lead (15%) and phthalates (16 of 18 tested).

The popular items HealthyStuff.org tested include banners, t-shirts, key chains, and drink koozies, purchased across the nation from different retailers.

Take a look at our "Who's in your bracket?" video and our EcoSports Center to learn more about these toxic products!

Holiday & Mardi Gras Beads Contain 1,000s of Pounds of Hazardous Chemicals

December 5, 2013

December 5, 2013

Lead and hazardous flame retardants from recycled plastics used as fillers

Study highlights long-lived hazards of poorly regulated chemical use

(Ann Arbor, MI) – New research finds thousands of pounds of hazardous chemicals in plastic beaded products, including beaded holiday garlands and Mardi Gras beads. The study is a collaboration between HealthyStuff.org (a project of the Ann Arbor-based nonprofit organization, the Ecology Center) and VerdiGras (a nonprofit organization in New Orleans dedicated to greening Mardi Gras). Researchers found most beads have one or more hazardous chemicals that have been linked to serious health threats.

“These plastic bead products are being used as a dumping ground for old plastic waste, which is loaded with toxic chemicals,” said Jeff Gearhart, the Ecology Center ’s principle researcher. “We estimate that a single year ’s inventory of Mardi Gras beads may contain up to 900,000 pounds of hazardous flame retardants and 10,000 pounds of lead.” Gearhart and other researchers used electron microscope imagery to examine the interior and exterior of the beads. In addition, researchers compared the elemental composition of the beads to plastic waste streams, leading to the conclusion that recycled plastic waste is the most likely filler ingredient in the beads. In addition, plastic waste streams can contain the hazardous chemicals identified in the study.

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Fall 2013 product survey results released

November 15, 2013

Chemical hazards found in kitchen, exercise equipment, jewelry, consumer electronics, building and outdoor products

Some retailers responding, others remain silent

In the last few months HealthyStuff.org has conducted an informal study of a wide variety products types with a goal of assessing what hazards are still out there in the marketplace. We've analyzed 150 products for lead and metals, hazardous flame retardants and phthtalate plasticizers. What we found is that products with chemical hazards are still scattered throughout the economy, in a wide variety of types of products. We found cooking utensils with brominate flame retardants, lead in jewelry and hazardous plasticizers in flooring and exercise equipment. All of this show we still have work to do.

The good news is we now have major retailers, including Walmart and Target, stepping forward with proactive policies to address many of these chemical hazards. The bad news is we still have most retailers without publicly announced, proactive policies eliminate chemical hazards from the products they sell.

That’s where you come in. We believe that retailers and manufacturers should disclose the chemical composition and hazards of the products they sell. You can take action now and tell retailers you want chemical hazard disclosure and for them eliminate the worse of known hazards now.

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Low-Cost Jewelry Ranks HIGH for Toxic Chemicals

March 13, 2012

Researchers tested low-cost children’s and adult jewelry for chemicals -- including lead, cadmium, arsenic, mercury, bromine and chlorine (PVC) – which have been linked (in animal and some human studies) to acute allergies and to long-term health impacts such as birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity, and cancer.

Over half (59%) of the products tested had a “high” level of concern due to the presence of one or more hazardous chemicals detected at high levels. Four products contained over 10% cadmium, a known carcinogen. Fifty percent contained lead, with over half of these containing more than 100 ppm of lead in one or more components, exceeding the Consumer Product Safety Commission limit of lead in children’s products.

NOTICE: HealthyStuff.org ratings do not provide a measure of health risk or chemical exposure associated with any individual product, or any individual element or related chemical. HealthyStuff.org ratings provide only a relative measure of high, medium, and low concentrations of several hazardous chemicals or chemical elements in an individual product in comparison to criteria established in the site methodology.

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