For those new to this website:
Tamara Rubin is a multiple-federal-award-winning independent advocate for childhood Lead poisoning prevention and consumer goods safety, and a documentary filmmaker. She is also a mother of Lead-poisoned children (two of her sons were acutely Lead-poisoned in 2005). Since 2009, Tamara has been using XRF technology (a scientific method used by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) to test consumer goods for toxicants (specifically heavy metals — including Lead, Cadmium, Mercury, Antimony, and Arsenic). Tamara’s work was featured in Consumer Reports Magazine in February 2023 (March 2023 print edition).
“Quick” summary points:
- It is rare to find coatings on modern stainless water bottles that test positive for Lead and Arsenic.
- Most modern (in the past 10 years) water bottle coatings I have tested have been negative for all of the primary heavy metal toxicants I look for in my work (Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Arsenic, and Antimony).
- This water bottle is an exception.
- While the metal of the bottle itself is negative for these toxicants, the green and red lettering test positive for high levels of both Lead and Arsenic. As expected (given the findings of these metals), the areas with more layers of color (a thicker application of the colored coating material) test positive for higher levels of Lead and Arsenic.
- This is also concerning because the paint is worn in many places on the bottle. If a coating like this wears, logically it is most likely wearing off onto the hands (and into the environment) of the user.
The manufacturer of this product was made aware of these findings last year (November 2019) and it is my understanding that they are working to correct the problem.
Here’s a link to a good choice for a Lead-free single-walled stainless steel water bottle (as an alternative): https://amzn.to/2YqMAkX (aflink)*
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For those new to my website, please check out the menu in the header of the website for more information about how I test things (and my background, etc.) On each article, you can also click on any of the keyword tabs at the top of the page to find more items in that category. Here’s the piece discussing the type of testing I do, and the specific instrument I use to detect, analyze, and confirm metals content, and ultimately produce the resultant data for each item reported here — linked.
Are the results reported below accurate?
Test results reported below are science-based, accurate, and replicable. Test results reported here are from tests that were done for a minimum of 60 seconds each (unless otherwise noted), and repeated multiple times, to confirm the results. As with all the testing reported here on the website, a freshly calibrated high-precision XRF instrument testing in Consumer Goods mode was used to test the item pictured here.
Some additional reading:
- To see more articles I have written about water bottles (of all types), click here.
- To see more pieces I have written specifically about stainless steel water bottles, click here.
- This link is my overview article on water bottles.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you for reading and for sharing Lead Safe Mama’s work!
“My Green Canteen” — XRF Test Results
Focus on Red:
- Lead (Pb): 3,509 +/- 531 ppm
- Arsenic (As): 755 +/- 387 ppm
- Chromium (Cr): 144,600 +/- 11,000 ppm
- Copper (Cu): 1,743 +/- 801 ppm
- Nickel (Ni): 50,200 +/- 4,600 ppm
- Iron (Fe): 622,200 +/- 50,000 ppm
- Chlorine (Cl): 39,800 +/- 6,300 ppm
Focus on the Green area (tree design):
- Lead (Pb): 15,900 +/- 1,700 ppm
- Arsenic (As): 2,983 +/- 873 ppm
- Chromium (Cr): 123,800 +/- 10,000 ppm
- Copper (Cu): 1,767 +/- 822 ppm
- Nickel (Ni): 44,200 +/- 4,300 ppm
- Iron (Fe): 525,600 +/- 45,000 ppm
- Chlorine (Cl): 9,471 +/- 3,500 ppm
Focus on Green & Red Layered area:
- Lead (Pb): 20,900 +/- 1,500 ppm
- Arsenic (As): 3,481 +/- 648 ppm
- Chromium (Cr): 103,700 +/- 6,000 ppm
- Selenium (Se): 177 +/- 110 ppm
- Copper (Cu): 1,313 +/- 508 ppm
- Nickel (Ni): 39,400 +/- 2,600 ppm
- Iron (Fe): 476,400 +/- 28,000 ppm
- Vanadium (V): 1,642 +/- 610 ppm
- Chlorine (Cl): 60,100 +/- 6,200 ppm
Focus on Bare metal:
- Chromium (Cr): 161,500 +/- 14,000 ppm
- Selenium (Se): 308 +/- 182 ppm
- Copper (Cu): 2,303 +/- 951 ppm
- Nickel (Ni): 55,500 +/- 5,700 ppm
- Iron (Fe): 680,300 +/- 62,000 ppm
- Bismuth (Bi): 174 +/- 98 ppm
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