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#Leaded: Little Vintage (1980s?) Plastic Avon Bear

Vintage Plastic Avon Bear Pin. 2,300+ ppm lead (Pb). The amount of lead that is considered toxic in the paint or coating of a modern item manufactured and intended for use by children is anything 90 ppm lead or higher. I have tested quite a few vintage and newer Avon items that have been very […]

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#Leaded: Mardi Gras Beads from 2012

Mardi Gras Beads (2012) Purple: 315 ppm Lead, 132 ppm Cadmium. Tested with an XRF instrument. Thank you to Jennifer Carey for making this post possible by contributing in support of my advocacy work! The amount of lead that is considered toxic in an item intended for children is anything 90 parts per million (ppm) […]

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#GuerrillaXRFTesting @ Target! Costume Jewelry

Please check out this little video below that Carissa (from Creative Green Living) and I made, testing costume jewelry hot of the display shelf at Target! Check out my #SaferChoices post about jewelry here! If you appreciate what I do & would like to support my advocacy work (including the XRF testing I do of consumer goods) please consider […]

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From 2013: The surprising source of most mercury pollution: Gold mining

Please click on the image below to see the full pdf of the article. Click here to see gold items that I have tested with an XRF that were also positive for mercury. The original link to article from 2013 can be seen here. A graphic depicting sources of mercury pollution from the original article […]

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#LeadFreeChoices: Wedding Set

This gold ring also contains… 5,527 ppm Mercury, 1,214 ppm Arsenic, 2,867 ppm silver, 10,066 ppm titanium, and 22,812 ppm copper. Non-detect for lead with an XRF Instrument. Like this ring set, most of the gold I have tested has also tested positive for mercury. This is among the reasons I do not recommend gold […]

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#LeadedJewelry: Blue Crystal Earrings

Earring: 108,300 ppm lead (leaded crystal). Jewelry intended for adults is not regulated for total lead content. Items intended for children are regulated by law to be 90 ppm lead or lower. …Not 9,000 ppm lead, and definitely not 90,000 ppm lead +++ Click here for #SaferChoices: Solid silver jewelry marked “925”  – with natural […]

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#SaferChoices: Jewelry

Given how much lead there can be in older – and newer – jewelry (both in the metals and in the faux jewels), my recommendation for jewelry has always been to stick with pure solid sterling silver (it should be marked 925 in a stamp somewhere on the item – see inside of ring image […]

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