When tested with an XRF instrument this Crate & Barrel “Miguel Highball” drinking glass (Made In Mexico) had the following readings:
- Lead (Pb): Negative (Non-detect/ND)
- Mercury (Hg): Negative (Non-detect/ND)
- Cadmium (Cd): Negative (Non-detect/ND)
- Arsenic (As): Negative (Non-detect/ND)
Crate and Barrel products have gone either way over the past decade or more (unleaded or leaded), although many of their newer products (c. 2018) have been Lead-free or at least Lead-safe.
In terms of buying guidelines for clear glasses here are some considerations:
- “Made in Mexico” is often an indicator that there is Lead in glass, so this particular glass is an exception to that rule.
- If glasses have any tint or color they are more likely to test positive for Lead or Cadmium than if they are clear glass (again this glass is an exception, because of the blue/green tint.) See more tinted glasses that I have tested by clicking here.
- Drinking glasses made of recycled materials (that often have a slight blue/green tint like this one) are usually positive for Lead (in varying levels). Here’s an example of that. So again, this glass is an exception.
- Ikea, Walmart, K-Mart and Target (and other popular stores) have LOTS of inexpensive options in clear glass that are generally Lead-free.
- Good modern brands for clear drinking glasses that you can purchase new and are likely to be Lead-free include: Libbey, Anchor Hocking and Duralex.
- My favorite Lead-free choice for drinking glasses is new Ball jars!
- Please do be careful to avoid Leaded crystal at all costs, as crystal has been proven to leach lead into the beverages it holds. Please read more about that here.
- With vintage glassware a good way to determine (in most cases) if it is leaded crystal or low-lead/lead-free glass is whether or not there is a press seam vertically along the glass. A press seam is a good indicator that it is not Leaded crystal.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions!
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