Question: Do “mermaid” reversible sequin things have unsafe levels of Lead?
Answer: Please read my full response below to see the XRF test results for one example of this type of item.
My young son is currently invested in pink, purple and sparkles; anything that is pink or purple and/or or sparkly is very exciting for him, and makes his day!
I always try to buy him one small gift on every business trip that I am away from him – a little something, usually with a cap of about $10. So earlier this year, while on a business trip, I picked up this little “mermaid purse” (pictured here) as a gift for him. It was on the “impulse buy” racks at a Staples store in Santa Monica.
Given what I know about the types of products that are likely to be toxic, I did not have any concerns for this possibly being unsafe for him (from my experience, I suspected that this likely did not contain any toxic chemicals – at levels that would be concerning – given the intended use of the purse.)
Of course, when I had the chance I did test it anyway, and – just for your edification – I wanted to share with you my XRF test results of this newly purchased (2018) mermaid (“color-changing” sequins!) purse — which confirmed my initial expectation [and I would expect that all products similar to this would also have similar test results — although things like pillows and other items that a child might cuddle or sleep with) may have higher levels of antimony — given the requirements for use of flame retardants in such things.]
After testing this item, I am confident that it is a safe object for my child to play with/use as intended. [Specific XRF test results for each of the components are listed below.]
This particular purse comes from StyleLabGirl.com and here are some similar items on Amazon*:
Sparkles On The Outside of The Purse:
- Lead (Pb): ND
- Mercury (Hg): ND
- Arsenic (As): ND
- Cadmium (Cd): ND
- Antimony (Sb): 120 +/- 31 ppm
- Bromine (Br): 6 +/- 2 ppm
- Zinc (Zn): 90 +/- 11 ppm
- Copper (Cu): 38 +/- 14 ppm
- Iron (Fe): 58 +/- 23 ppm
Zipper (Metal Part – Pictured Below):
- Tin (Sn): 1,273 +/- 161 ppm
- Zinc (Zn): 530,700 +/- 3,500 ppm
- Copper (Cu): 450,600 +/- 3,100 ppm
- Iron (Fe): 15,600 +/- 700 ppm
Purple Wrist Strap (vinyl fabric):
- Zinc (Zn): 58 +/- 18 ppm
- Iron (Fe): 256 +/- 55 ppm
- Titanium (Ti): 31, 600 +/- 900 ppm
As always, thank you for reading and for sharing!
Please let me know if you have any questions.