Question: Tamara are there any modern clear glass dishes that are also lead-free?
A: 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.
Here are the links to products from the three brands that I would consider #SaferChoices when purchasing new/modern glassware. Again, 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):