News: Reusable Shopping Bags Testing High In Lead

News: Reusable Shopping Bags Testing High In Lead

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Sarah Rae Smith
Nov 15, 2010

Although many of us are careful to check the labels and sources when it comes to reusable shopping bags, recent news of high lead levels in plastic varieties is enough to have everyone doing a double take. When the legal limit goes down next August, these bags will be considered toxic!

The Tampa Tribune has done some studies on what's really in those reusable bags you pick up from grocery stores. The only problem is that many of those bags are testing far too high for lead content.

Currently, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (or CPSC) allows 300 parts per million of lead in children's products. That level is being pushed back to 100 next August. The bags that were tested in the Tribune's study were testing between 100 and 200, or above the legal limit.

Although this style of bag is supportive and easy to pack, these reports say they could also be making you sick and certainly won't be safe to toss in your local trash when one of them bites the dust.

You can read the full report over at the Tampa Tribune. If you have any questions, stick with a bag that has an ingredient label or website that shares the bag's environmental standards and practices.

Related: Good Questions: Good Reusable Grocery Bags?

(Image: The Tampa Bay Tribune)

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