Retailers have made it relatively easy for consumers to participate in a greener lifestyle by offering reusable canvas totes. Marketed as one small change individuals could make to reduce their carbon footprint and considered an environmentally white converse preferable alternative to plastic grocery bags, reusable bags have become a popular, easy way to be green. contain elevated lead levels that exceed federal limits and high enough to be considered “hazardous waste if residents put them in their household trash.”
Laboratory tests found “the most elaborately decorated bags”, from Publix and Winn Dixie, “had the highest concentration of lead”. The Tribune noted bags from Target and Wal Mart, with relatively plain designs, had much lower, nearly “undetectable” levels of lead.
Lead is a known developmental neurotoxin linked to lowering children’s IQ, learning disorders and fertility problems.
Although the Tribune and most health officials acknowledged there is no immediate threat, some are concerned the lead containing paint could flake or rub off onto foods transported in the bags. Others are more concerned the bags could, over time, build up and then break down in landfills where the lead could contaminate the soil and work its way into the water system. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Consumer Production Safety Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asking them to conduct a thorough investigation.
“When our white converse families go to the grocery store looking for safe and healthy foods to feed their kids, the last thing they should have to worry about are toxic bags, said Sen. Schumer in a statement. “Federal agencies need to put a ban in place for reusable bags that have lead in them.”
On November 16th, the FDA agreed to an official investigation to determine the safety of reusable canvas b white converse ags.
Fortunately, most retailers are responding to the Tribune’s findings by giving consumer’s refunds and asking suppliers to reduce the amount of lead in their bags even though experts have determined there is no safe level of ex white converse posure to this highly toxic metal.
Toxic reusable bags are the latest example of how products imported from China have not received the regulatory scrutiny consumer’s expect. Lead laced toys, sulfur dioxide containing drywall, and baby formula contaminated with melamine have all come with the “Made in China” label and posed a potential threat to human health.
These toxic reusable totes are also another example of “green washing” selling a product under the pretense that it’s “eco friendly” when in fact it is not.
If you are concerned about reducing the amount of non biodegradable plastic in our environment and are not confident reusable bags are truly safe, recycled paper bags or 100% organic cotton totes, remains your best choice. ‘Like’ her Facebook page here.