Boroux “lead-free” water bottle white painted logo is positive for high levels of lead: 2,235 ppm Lead, 140 ppm Cadmium, 301 ppm Arsenic.

Boroux "Lead Free" Water Bottle is Painted with Leaded Paint: 2,235 ppm Lead, 140 ppm Cadmium, 310 ppm Arsenic.

When tested with an XRF instrument, the painted-on logo on the outside of the Boroux bottles (which are advertised as “Lead-free”) was positive for Lead, Cadmium and Arsenic. To confirm the results, I did three sets of readings, each with different sections of the painted logo within the scope of the XRF (which is about 1 cm round.) Each test was done for a minimum of three minutes to get the most accurate possible results.

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Boroux "Lead Free" Water Bottle is Painted with Leaded Paint: 2,235 ppm Lead, 140 ppm Cadmium, 310 ppm Arsenic.

I was sent this bottle by a reader (Andrea) who tested it several weeks ago with a LeadCheck swab and found that it [even] tested positive using that methodology (a reactive agent test that can be done by a consumer at home). Andrea contacted the company regarding this, and then sent me the bottle for XRF testing. 

This is the initial (totally deflective, untrue, flat-out ridiculous) response that the company sent to her:



It is not true that the swabs have a “98% false positive” rate — and just ridiculous that they even said this to Andrea. If the swabs are used as intended – following the directions – they are in fact almost always correct in their readings – as evidenced in this case, by the fact that my XRF testing of this product supported Andrea’s initial screening findings using a LeadCheck swab! [There’s actually a lot of political lobbying and efforts from a few separate industries to make consumers think the LeadCheck swabs are not accurate, even though they are, in reality, quite reliable when used as intended. You can read more about that on this link.]


To you – the company – if you are reading this: I have worked with many companies to resolve this problem. There are definitely options for Lead-free painted markings on the exterior of glass products. If you don’t yet have a solution, please contact me directly so I can help you live up to the promise you have made your customers – by making a truly lead-free bottle.

If it is any consolation, you are not the first company to get duped by your supplier into thinking your product is Lead-free when it is actually painted with Leaded paint. Here are some other companies who I have found to have glass products painted with lead paint: Jervis & George, Green Sprouts, Hevea & many glass milk bottles too!


Please note: while the readings I found are in the 2,200 ppm range for Lead, the lead content of the paint is certainly actually much higher, due to the fact that so little of the paint fit within the scope of the XRF for any of the readings taken (given the combination of large size and thin lines of the particular typeface of that logo.)  

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Boroux "Lead Free" Water Bottle is Painted with Leaded Paint: 2,235 ppm Lead, 140 ppm Cadmium, 310 ppm Arsenic.

Also important to note: It is NOT illegal to have lead painted logos or other exterior markings on items like this in 2019. The thing that makes this particularly upsetting is that the company is heavily invested in advertising, labeling and marketing their product as a “Lead-free” product – when in any literal sense, that is unfortunately simply not currently true.

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Red arrow added by me to draw attention to Lead Free claim.

It is also upsetting that the company has not yet, to my knowledge, issued a public statement or recall since learning their product was painted with Lead paint (on or about December 10, 2018 – nearly a month ago.)

In addition to the customer reporting this concern to the manufacturer, I made a report of my own (via a review on Amazon on December 10th, see below) and it does looks as though they have stopped selling the product since that time (and they have taken down language from their online statements about the bottles being “Lead free”).

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Boroux "Lead Free" Water Bottle is Painted with Leaded Paint: 2,235 ppm Lead, 140 ppm Cadmium, 310 ppm Arsenic.

To reiterate, as of the time of writing this blog post (1/5/2019), I have not heard of any public statement or recall notice regarding this product (a recall that is warranted given the advertising claims that the product is Lead-free.)



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Boroux "Lead Free" Water Bottle is Painted with Leaded Paint: 2,235 ppm Lead, 140 ppm Cadmium, 310 ppm Arsenic.

Exact XRF readings from this bottle:
(each test done for at least 180 seconds, if a metal is not listed it was not detected.)

Results Set ONE:

  • Lead (Pb): 2,235 +/- 30 ppm
  • Cadmium (Cd): 140 +/- 11 ppm
  • Arsenic (As): 301 +/- 20 ppm
  • Barium (Ba): 674 +/- 117 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 58 +/- 18 ppm
  • Bismuth (Bi): 18 +/- 11 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 1,059 +/- 250 ppm

Results Set TWO:

  • Lead (Pb): 2,286 +/- 31 ppm
  • Cadmium (Cd): 146 +/- 12 ppm
  • Arsenic (As): 289 +/- 20 ppm
  • Barium (Ba): 755 +/- 119 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 93 +/- 19 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 1,051 +/- 254 ppm

Results Set THREE:

  • Lead (Pb): 2,230 +/- 30 ppm
  • Cadmium (Cd): 141 +/- 11 ppm
  • Arsenic (As): 288 +/- 20 ppm
  • Barium (Ba): 711 +/- 117 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 78 +/- 19 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 935 +/- 250 ppm

As always, thank you for reading and for sharing my posts. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Tamara Rubin
#LeadSafeMama

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Boroux "Lead Free" Water Bottle is Painted with Leaded Paint: 2,235 ppm Lead, 140 ppm Cadmium, 310 ppm Arsenic. Boroux "Lead Free" Water Bottle is Painted with Leaded Paint: 2,235 ppm Lead, 140 ppm Cadmium, 310 ppm Arsenic. Boroux "Lead Free" Water Bottle is Painted with Leaded Paint: 2,235 ppm Lead, 140 ppm Cadmium, 310 ppm Arsenic. Boroux "Lead Free" Water Bottle is Painted with Leaded Paint: 2,235 ppm Lead, 140 ppm Cadmium, 310 ppm Arsenic. Boroux "Lead Free" Water Bottle is Painted with Leaded Paint: 2,235 ppm Lead, 140 ppm Cadmium, 310 ppm Arsenic.

One Response to Boroux “lead-free” water bottle white painted logo is positive for high levels of lead: 2,235 ppm Lead, 140 ppm Cadmium, 301 ppm Arsenic.

  1. Skye January 5, 2019 at 6:35 pm #

    Wow, that’s crazy!! And truly terrible of this company. I can’t believe they wouldn’t have the paint tested for heavy metals and other toxic substances before using it on their “lead-free” product!

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