30 Dec '12, 1pm

Plastic Shopping Bags Laced with Dangerous Levels of Toxic Lead

Plastic Shopping Bags Laced with Dangerous Levels of Toxic Lead

Did you go shopping for holiday presents at a big box retailer or shopping mall this season? Chances are you carried home at least one plastic shopping bag that could be a danger to your health. New research suggests that clogging up our gutters, and poisoning our soil and water aren’t the only risks associated with rampant plastic bag use. According to a report by the Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse [PDF ], some vibrant solid-colored plastic shopping bags contain high concentrations of lead, a clear violation of state laws. The Clearinghouse screened 132 single-use bags for the presence of lead , cadmium, mercury and hexavalent chromium. These toxic metals are in the inks used to print or color the bags, despite being regulated by 19 U.S. states. These laws prohibit the intentional use of any amount of these four metals in any packaging or packaging component, such as i...

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