#LeadedChristmas + Cadmium & Antimony Too!
Cadmium is a known carcinogen. Please read more about Cadmium here.
“Santa Please Stop Here” door knob key. c. 2004-2009.
When tested with an XRF instrument this Santa Key had the following readings (with a minimum of a 60 second test):
- Lead (Pb): 1,236 +/-241 ppm
- Arsenic (As): Negative / Non-Detect
- Cadmium (Cd): 158,700 +/- 1,400 ppm
- Mercury (Hg): Negative / Non-Detect
- Antimony (Sb): 2,243 +/- 747 ppm
- Tin (Sn): 326 +/- 142 ppm
- Zinc (Zn): 270,700 +/- 2,400 ppm
- Copper (Cu): 561,300 +/- 2,900 ppm
- Nickel (Ni): 4,159 +/- 427 ppm
- Bismuth (Bi): 671 +/- 151 ppm
To learn more about XRF testing, Click HERE.
These levels are not uncommon in Christmas ornaments, because they are not considered to be a child’s toy and, as such, are not regulated for toxicants like Cadmium. This level of Cadmium is considered VERY toxic and DEFINITELY not safe for children to play with. My understanding of these keys is that they are very popular and it is not uncommon for a child to play with them!
In general older metal ornaments (especially ones that are heavy) are a good thing to stay away from if you want to avoid toxicants like Lead, Arsenic and Cadmium.
To see more Christmas items I have tested, Click HERE.
I have noticed however that newer ornaments from the Dollar stores, from Target and even from Michael’s may be Lead-free (but I cannot guarantee it and will not recommend any specific ones right now since there is so very much to test before drawing any conclusions across the board.)
Ornaments are specifically marketed and labeled as being “not toys”, and “not for use by children.” As a result they are not breaking any sort of law or regulation by containing toxicants like Lead, Cadmium and Antimony even though (in homes with young children) more often than not the children are handling them.
Personally I favor hand-made decorations to celebrate the holidays, but there are lead-free options to purchase out there, you just have to look for them (and they may have a much more rustic hand-made look than the glitz and glimmer of some of the more toxic options.) New modern ornaments that are less likely to have lead might be:
- Ornaments made of cloth and ribbon.
- Ornaments made of natural materials like shells, seeds or pinecones.
- Ornaments made of wood.
- Baked cookie ornaments (that are lacquered).
- Many new plastic ornaments (the ones that come in the tubes).
- Hand-made ceramic ornaments.
Ornaments that are more likely to be leaded:
- Glass ornaments
- Wire ornaments (including ones with rubber coated wire)
- Vintage ornaments
- Brass ornaments
- Crystal ornaments
If anyone is up for a new business idea, starting a Lead-free Christmas ornament company might be just what is needed now that consumer awareness is coming around to this concern.
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