The owner of this glass told me she thought it was “about 10 years old”… so – based on my knowledge of Ikea products, combined with her statement – I would confidently estimate this as being manufactured by Ikea c. 2008 or earlier (Confirmed 2008 date! See note from Ikea!)
In spite of the specific XRF test results for this particular glass (see below for full XRF test results), I stand by my repeated refrain that nearly everything I have tested from Ikea has been Lead-free in recent years. There have been very few exceptions — and most of those exceptions still fall within the “Lead-safe” range (usually under 200 ppm – and mostly under 100 ppm Lead.)
However, I started testing things in 2009 – and by then, I only found traces of Lead in some Ikea products, at which point I contacted them and asked them about their policies — and they ended up responsively/responsibly promptly changing the language on their website in response to my call! Prior to when I contacted them, their website said that there were no toxicants in any of their products; now their language varies (by product) to say that there are no added toxicants, or alternately, to say that any toxicants are within safe levels (by all standards).
Takeaway: Ikea is indeed doing a good job today – but as with all older things… assume likelihood of “Leaded”, until proven otherwise. This holds especially true for painted glassware on which you can feel the texture of the painted design when you touch the outside of the glass.
When tested with an XRF instrument, this *older* Ikea glass had the following readings:
- Lead (Pb): 41,400 +/- 1,100 ppm
- Cadmium (Cd): 745 +/- 42 ppm
- Copper (Cu): 95 +/- 45 ppm
- Titanium (Ti): 14,700 +/- 700 ppm
- Platinum (Pt): 517 +/- 150 ppm
- Cobalt (Co): 211 +/- 82 ppm
Metals not listed were not detected. Testing was done for a minimum of 60 seconds and results were confirmed with multiple test results.
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UPDATE: E-MAIL FROM IKEA – Confirmed Summer 2008 product: