This letter (from Paparazzi to their MLM “consultants” – see the image below) was shared with me by a reader in December of 2021 [yesterday — December 23, 2021, to be precise]. This piece of masterful greenwashing bullshit was apparently sent out to Paparazzi consultants this week (the week of December 20, 2021). Please read the full letter from Paparazzi below — but also read the additional posts I have written about their products.
The biggest lie in this letter from Paparazzi to their “consultants” is that their jewelry may have only “trace” levels of toxic “contaminants”.
- “Trace amounts” – The levels of of toxic heavy metals found in several of the jewelry pieces in question could NOT be considered “trace” (by ANY metric)! Many of their pieces have been tested (using XRF technology) and found to have one or more components with EXTREMELY HIGH levels of dangerous heavy metals [metals that are known to cause CANCER and REPRODUCTIVE HARM even when present at (actual) trace levels.]
- “Contaminants”– Moreover, the heavy metals (Cadmium and Antimony, specifically) found in some Paparazzi pieces could not conceivably be termed “contaminants” at the levels found. At those levels, the metals in question are clearly constitutive components knowingly included in the ingredients mix during the manufacturing process.
If you would like to send me a piece of Paparazzi jewelry for testing (a piece I have not yet tested) I will test it for free and report the results here on the Lead Safe Mama website. You can send it to me at:
Lead Safe Mama, LLC
7933 SE 15th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97202
- Please check out the links below to see if it is a piece I have already tested or reported on or not.
- If you send me a piece of the jewelry for testing, please include (in your package) a note with your name, e-mail address and mailing address.
- I will send the piece back to you if it is negative for toxic metals.
- I will hold onto it if it is positive — in case I need it as evidence [if Paparazzi were to threaten any kind of legal action against me…for reporting the truth – using science!]
- If you have information that confirms the date of purchase please send that to me as well (like a copy of a digital receipt or similar.)
Thank you so much for helping to change the world – exposing one corporate bad actor at a time… using science.
Additional Paparazzi- posts here on LeadSafeMama.com
- The Lead Safe Mama Paparazzi category of posts
- Paparazzi ring with 265,300 ppm Cadmium (At least one component has 26.5% Cadmium. This is NOT a trace level. Cadmium causes cancer – even when present at “trace levels”.)
- Paparazzi earrings that tested positive for Antimony and Arsenic.
- Fun vlogger video discussing my findings (and the lack of ethical behavior by Paparazzi in general)
- The overview post discussing the testing methodologies for test results reported on this website.
- While you are here, please find the time to read about something really important – Lead painted baby bottles manufactured in Germany and sold on Amazon to customers in the United States in 2021.
Thank you for reading and for sharing my posts. Please let me know if you have any questions about the work here on this site (and about this post in particular.) I will do my best to answer them personally as soon as I have a moment. Note: I do have disabled children underfoot pretty much 24-7 for the foreseeable future – so it may be a bit! Thank you for being part of the international conversation for consumer goods safety and childhood Lead-poisoning prevention.
Tamara Elise Rubin
Owner – Lead Safe Mama, LLC
Mother of Lead Poisoned Children
For those new to this website:
Tamara Rubin is a Federal-award-winning independent advocate for consumer goods safety and a documentary filmmaker. She is also a mother of Lead-poisoned children. Tamara’s sons were acutely Lead-poisoned in August of 2005. She began testing consumer goods for toxicants in 2009 and was the parent-advocate responsible for finding Lead in the popular fidget spinner toys in 2017. Tamara uses XRF testing (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. All test results reported on this website are science-based, accurate and replicable. Items are tested multiple times to confirm the test results for each component tested. Please click through to this link to learn more about the testing methodology used for the test results discussed and reported on this website.