Question: Tamara are there any modern clear glass dishes that are also lead-free?
Anwer: Yes! While vintage glassware is often positive for lead, and even some new clear glass products can test positive for trace* amounts of lead, there are several brands of clear glass dishware that I have tested that have been consistently negative for lead (not even a trace of lead down to the single digit parts per million when tested with an XRF instrument.)
My main tips for purchasing modern glassware that is likely to be lead-free:
- make sure it is absolutely clear — not even a hint of tint (especially the clear light green or blue tint that is often found in recycled glass items.)
- Avoid recycled glass items if you want to avoid lead. Despite its environmentally-virtuous appeal, dishware (or anything) made from recycled glass is, for obvious reasons when you stop to think about it, often positive for at least trace* amounts of lead, regardless of the tint or color or lack thereof [and sometimes at levels that are considerably higher than “trace*”].
*By trace I mean that it is a (generally lower-levels) contaminant to the product as a result of the manufacturing process, not a (generally much higher-levels) intentional additive. The companies that make most of these products are not intentionally adding lead to their recycled glass products.
Below are Amazon Affiliate links to products from the three brands that I would consider #SaferChoices when purchasing new/modern glassware. To reiterate, all of the modern versions of clear glass plates from the following brands that I have tested have been lead-free (each of the links below is to a product from this brand on Amazon):
For more lead-safe / lead-free dishware options, click here.
Thank you for reading and for sharing my posts.
I just came across your website this week and I’m greatly appreciative of all you’re doing! I was very interested in these duralex products after seeing them here but in researching them further I read that they may contain barium oxide. As I understand it barium oxide can also be harmful to health. I’m planning to try to confirm this with the company.
Any feedback from the company?
LD, I haven’t heard back from them yet. I did notice that on one of Tamara’s posts she said that one of their cups showed no barium in the xrf testing but that I saw she only noted that in one set of cups & not on any of the other Duralex products she tested…so we’re they all barium free or did the bulk of them contain some level of it? I’m not sure. I’ll let you know if I hear back from duralex…
I think some may have had barium, but that’s not something I usually track. I will keep an eye out for more to test!
I heard back from Duralex! They say no barium! They sent me a few documents regarding their glass composition even. Here’s what they say is in their glassware:
Silicon dioxide 69-74%
Aluminum oxide 1-2%
Sodium oxide + potassium oxide 11-16%
Calcium oxide + magnesium oxide 10.5-14.5%
Given the amount of info they were willing to share I’ll be ordering some of their mugs to test out!
Did they tell you which items were barium free? They wouldn’t disclose their composition to me as said it was confidential. I also was told they were barium free then I emailed again and was told they are either free of barium or contain small amounts. I saw Tamara’s testing for cosy mugs did have Barium…If you see this message l I would be interested to see the documents you received if you still had them?
Linda Osbourne says
Are the Lauryn Janae glass bowls safe from lead as well? Purchased these, never heard of lead in glass except painted/glazed or lead crystal~
Lauryn Janae Premium 6.5″ inch Classic Stackable Nested Clear Glass Tablesetter, Serving, Baking, Mixing Bowls (Set of 3)
Similar I believe:
I have not tested this brand, but clear glass (with no markings) is generally a good choice.
Linda Osbourne says
Thanks, what about dollar general glassware, glasses and glass plates that are clear glass?
Those are generally fine [lead-free, lead-safe], as long as they are clear glass and not being sold and marketed as “leaded crystal”,
Jacky Dietz says
Are my old Pryex and anchor hocking glass measuring cups lead free. They are scratched and worn. My mother’s 1940’s clear glass dishes are scratched too. Should i stop using them?
And Pyrex? I am sorry if this has been answered before!
Hi Tamara. Thank you so much for exposing the lead issue. I noticed libbey was on the list of glassware that does not contain lead, however, in doing some research I found out that libbey’s glass can contain up to 50 percent recycled glass. You also said to avoid recycled glass. I was curious how many libbey products you have tested that are newer, like plates off of Amazon, or glasses? Thanks!
I have probably tested multiple dozens of new Libbey clear glass products and found them to be lead-free. To be extra sure you should avoid the ones that are tinted in any way. I have tested ones from Walmart (on the shelves) and elsewhere.
Is Ocean glass drinkware lead free? It is made in Thailand.
I also saw at Walmart the Anchor Hocking Presence clear glass dishes also had 100% recycled glass. It was stated on their pack of 12 on the back of their box. I wasnt sure if I should buy it. I know Tamara mentioned to avoid recycled glass.
That’s a hard call. I haven’t tested enough of their recycled glass products to say one way or the other, but most of their new stuff has been completely lead-free.
I have two Aladdin recycled glass tumblers that say Made in Spain. They both have a green tint. Any way to know if these are lead free?
Thanks for commenting. Please watch this video about searching the blog and then look for similar products using the tips there. There are a few examples under “green glass”, “recycled glass” and “made in Spain” that might guide your direction:
I just went to buy these glass dishes because I thought Tamara stated they were on the safe list. I rechecked my box after your statement and cannot find anything that states they are recycled. What I did see is that it states they are 100% RECYCLABLE. Could that be what you saw? Easy mistake if so.
Evelyn H says
Hi Tamara! So glad to have found your website, we are making a huge transition to a more organic and toxic free lifestyle and want to know if you have heard anything about the brand Luminarc? They sell glass stew pots but want to make sure of their safety before I make a big purchase. Thank you so much!
Do you have a link you can share with me? Luminarc in general (their clear glass products) are lead-free.
Eve Hansen says
I have a clear glass Luminarc pitcher Model #09549, “Cardinal Pitcher, 64 oz., 11-1/4″H, with ice lip – It is listed as Luminarc, Arcoroc, and Imperator. My pitcher has “France 17” stamped on the handle. It looks just like the one in this link: https://www.restaurantequipmentsolutions.com/CARD-09549.htm. I have been trying to figure out if it contains lead or not and would appreciate your opinion. Also, I had some glass tops made for a desk and chest of drawers. The glass tops 1/4″ thick, and the glass has a green tint. Does the green tint indicate that the glass has lead in it? Thank you so-o much for your help!
Sandy reilly says
Tamara please tell me where and how to order lead test swabs for dishes and mugs
Luminarc is in fact an interesting alternative to the crock/slow/instant cookers. https://www.luminarc.com/en/designers-collections/blooming/
Will see if I can find more info about them!
Interesting. I don’t recall ever testing new products in this style from this brand (at least not casserole style products.)
I believe I have only tested their drinking glasses.
Tamara, do you now know if the usual brands you regard as safe use barium oxide?? Anchor Hocking, Pyrex, Libbey, and so on. *Bites fingernails*
Typically brown and yellow glasses are testing positive for Barium – not the clear. You can look up “Barium” using the search bar on my site and see several examples.
Have you ever tested libbery’s clear drinking glasses at big lot’s for lead free they also are stamped 5O % recyclable made in china .
Is Anchors hooking clear glass dish set lead free ?
Terry Lane says
What is a safe choice for kids plates? Would prefer other than glass for obvious reasons?
I’ve read many of your posts but not sure if I missed reports on clear Pyrex or Corningware with and without designs ? Thanks for informing us!
Here are all of the posts I have up right now that are tagged “Clear Glass”, There are 42 posts in that category that you can scroll through: https://tamararubin.com/category/clear-glass/
Joan Lospinuso says
I’m looking for salt shakers and found Anchor Hocking swirl glass, made in the USA, and as Anchor Hocking states their glass is lead free, I thought they would be fine. I first saw them on Amazon, and then when I Googled the item, I saw they had a Prop 65 Warning. Can you recommend a safe salt shaker?
I would stick with clear glass with stainless steel lids. These (or something similar) might be a good choice (affiliate link): https://amzn.to/2KlQt6e
I like to get things like this at a restaurant supply store.
I called Anchor Hocking after seeing a website with Prop 65 associated with some of the AH products. AH said it was wrong, that none of their glassware products are Prop 65. In fact, I note that AH had that notation removed on the particular site to which I referred.
Joan Lospinuso says
Thank you so much, Tamara. Would Made in China be OK?
Hi Joan – yes. If you don’t mind the greater environmental implications of things being shipped from afar – “Made in China” is generally fine (doesn’t raise any red flags specifically when it comes to toxicant concerns.) In fact a lot of stuff that is “Made in China” is better than stuff made elsewhere because it is more strictly policed and regulated (upon import) than stuff made elsewhere.
Joan Lospinuso says
Thank you, Tamara. I appreciate your advice very much.
Hi, I didnt see what I was looking for at your store, 1 Gallon Clear Glass Pistol Grip Jugs
I did find these though, do you think they would be safe & lead free Tamara?
I have some blue-tinted glass mixing bowls made by Anchor that I bought around 2000-2002. Since Anchor seems to be one of your favored brands, is even their tinted glass presumably safe?
Have you done any testing on the Simax brand glass bakeware ?
Do you know if the clear pink Anchor Hocking glass square dishes are ok? They’re around 8×8 and square and I got them a year or so ago at Target.
Hey! Thx so much for your info! I bought the duralex (made in France stamped on the borne) dishes at a yard sale. I have no idea their age, they are identical to what is in your amazon link. Do you think they are safe not knowing their actual age?
Tamara, You need to do a little more research on lead free glassware before stating that a brand is lead free Simply testing one item from a brand doesn’t not make all of their products lead free. Each item needs to be researched to be sure. I’ve found that if the product page doesn’t state the product as Lead-free it is usually not lead free. I’ve been researching for some time now and have found that there are very few lead free glass ware products on the market.
I test hundreds of of products from a brand before making any assertion that their products are likely to be Lead-Safe or Lead-free.
Hi Tamara, Thank you so much for the work you are doing! I’m wondering if you’ve tested Targets Made By Design Glass dinnerware? It’s a tempered white glass made in France. It’s supposed to be similar to Corelle, but more affordable. Any info you have would be appreciated!
Btw, here is a link to the dinnerware I was wondering about. Thanks so Much! https://www.target.com/p/glass-18pc-dinnerware-set-white—made-by-design–153-/-/A-53142653
I know this is a very late response to this post but I seem to have clicked on enough buttons to land here tonight!! Reading all this info and responses has me wondering if all of the brown and blue glass bottles that supplements are sold in may contain lead or other metals. Do you have any thoughts on this? Thank you!
Tamara, I have purchased several “clear” glass plates on Amazon from Duralex, Libbey, and Anchor Hocking and EVERY single one of them has a blue/green tint, albeit very slightly. I am seriously about to rip my hair out trying to find a CLEAR glass set of plates and bowls! I just don’t care for the Corelle White Dishes. Do you know, or have you tested, any of those plates and know for sure they are lead-free? If so, could you please post a link below my question?
Thanks so much, in advance! Also, I live in the Chicagoland area and would love to “crash” on of your group parties here in April 2020. Is there a way I can pay to join a group that is already on the calendar? Or do I need to start my own group?
I will follow up with you about Chicago in an email!
Regarding the dishes – if they are recently purchased (past 5 years) clear glass from any of those brands you mentioned I would expect that they are lead-free even if they have a slight tint. I hope that helps!
Bettina Daly says
Hi, are dollar tree clear glass dinnerware and mugs safe? Could you test these please? Thanks! Im looking to buy these for my 8 yrs old adhd and behavioral disability child.
If they are clear glass with no decorations (from the Dollar Tree stores) they are likely non-toxic. Dollar Tree stores have had some issues with Cadmium in some of their painted decorations – but not all. Here’s an example: https://tamararubin.com/2018/11/2018-dollar-tree-store-christmas-wine-glass-by-greenbrier-international-1299-ppm-cadmium/
Thank you for commenting! And thank you for keeping your kiddo safe!
Have you ever tested Fortecrisa Mexico dishes? They are purple glass. I think they were made in the 1980s. Thank you!
Hi Amanda – thanks for commenting. No I don’t believe I have tested those. Do they have a maker’s mark on them? I will keep an eye out for them. If you wanted to send something to me for testing here’s how that works: https://tamararubin.com/2019/08/tamara-can-i-send-you-one-of-my-dishes-to-test-for-lead/
Hi, I’m about to get a new set of duralex, but the ones that are blue or light blue (plates etc) could you confirm please if everything from duralex is lead free and all the other metals and toxic stuff? Thanks a lot!
Hello, I am now just learning all about lead in glasses and it is very disturbing. I have taken note of all of you suggestions regarding glass plates, mugs, and drinking glasses. I am just curious that if you are staring an item is lead free then can I assume that it is also Cadmium free. I am referring to either the libbey or anchor plates, glasses and mugs. I have also read that ball mason jars are also lead free can I also assume that they are cadmium free as well?
Pls should get a chance, see if you have any information on “white, tempered-glass” dinnerware. Just as “Yvonne” asked on October 30, 2019.
I am so glad to come by your page.I had just ordered the vita clay slow cooker after reading somewhere that its 99.99% toxins free and then I saw your website.
Have you heard of the Dum Biriyani Pot Earthen cookware?
Thank you for you do.
Hi Julia – oh yeah Vita Clay makes my blood boil – that is such extreme false advertising. I am glad you found my post. I am not familiar with the other brand you mention. Sorry about that.
I just bought a Luminarc glass steamer set. I was certain it was made in France from what was said, but when it arrived it has Chinese writing on the box. The steamer part is clear, but the base and lid are tinted a brownish gold color. I’m concerned about contaminants. Should I return it?
Hi Tamara, update. I did some searching and the entire product does appear to be made in France. Second part of my question still stands, is the amber base/pot safe? How do I test it?
I apologize if this has already been answered! I was wondering about Ikea glassware. They have dishes that are blue glass and they have clear glass dishes that have little designs on them as well. I bought a few and now I am wondering if they are safe to use! Thank you!