Teavana Petite Fleur Cherry Blossom
Double-Walled Glass Teacup (4 oz)
In researching this (to figure out what to call it in this post), I was unsurprised to learn that Teavana is owned by Starbucks. Unsurprised because then it makes total sense that these small delicate glass teacups are painted with paint that has high levels of Lead, Cadmium and Arsenic (three separate incredibly-dangerous poisons — each with different serious negative impacts on the human body), as do so many of Starbucks cups (and other Starbucks products) currently and historically!
I washed my hands after touching this (after securing it in a fresh Ziplock storage bag, too!) because this type of exterior painted decorative treatment — using Leaded paint is exactly the type that generally even tests positive with a reactive agent swab test (usually turning the test swab bright red as a positive indicator of highly-Leaded paint), which can also mean that microscopic Lead particles can transfer directly off onto your hands when handling the item. I purchased this cup at a thrift store in Oregon some time in the past year, for 25 cents. [I frequently browse thrift shops looking for good items to test and post on the blog – and often find things like this that (after years of testing thousands of these kinds of items) I am certain – at first sight – will likely test positive for a high level of Lead!]
Here are the full XRF test results for this teacup…
On white flowers:
- Lead (Pb): 11,700 +/- 300 ppm
- Cadmium (Cd): 488 +/- 33 ppm
- Arsenic (As): 1,396 +/- 128 ppm
- Zinc (Zn): 179 +/- 25 ppm
- Iron (Fe): 118 +/- 51 ppm
- Titanium (Ti): 3,111 +/- 165 ppm
- Chlorine (Cl): 14,600 +/- 1,300 ppm
On the clear glass area without white flowers:
- No metals detected
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