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Girl Scout Enamel Badge Lead Safe Mama 1

Older Official Girlscout Badge / Pin: 39,000+/- 1,000 ppm Lead. 90 ppm is unsafe for kids.

Enamel pins are often high Lead and the scouts have even had recalls for enameled items in recent years (link). In general I avoid any enamel (from cookware to jewelry) unless I know it has been tested and found to be Lead-free (and Cadmium-free too). The Lead levels are usually just too high to make […]

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Larami Vintage Brachiosaurus Dinosaur Plastic Toy Lead Safe Mama 2

Larami Toys brachiosaurus toy dinosaur: 2,213 ppm Lead, 2,721 ppm Antimony. This toy would be illegal if made today.

Scroll down to see additional images, including picture of Dino next to Lego-guy for size! The amount of Lead that is considered unsafe and illegal in a modern item manufactured for use by children today is anything 90 ppm or higher in the paint or coating or anything 100 ppm or higher in the substrate. […]

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Mermaid Straws Lead Safe Mama 4

Rainbow Iridescent Mermaid Straws: Non-Detect for Lead, Mercury, Cadmium and Arsenic. #Safe!

When tested with an XRF instrument the “Mermaid Straws” pictured here had the following readings (with a 60 second test minimum unless otherwise noted): Main rainbow metal color of straw (SS # 301): Chromium (Cr): 147,200 +/- 1,100 ppm Copper (Cu): 2,751 +/- 476 ppm Nickel (Ni): 86,500 +/- 1,700 ppm Iron (Fe): 733,900 +/- […]

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Elara Dolomite Matte Marble Look Tile Lead Safe Mama 1

Elara Dolomite Matte Marble Look Porcelain Tile from tilebar: Non-detect for Lead

When tested with an XRF instrument, the tile pictured here had the following readings (metals not listed were not detected, tests were done for a minimum of 60 seconds): Barium (Ba): 191 +/- 78 ppm Zinc (Zn): 9,576 +/- 350 ppm Copper (Cu): 412 +/- 67 ppm Iron (Fe): 1,244 +/- 219 ppm Vanadium (V): […]

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Belvedere Bianco Marble Look Tile Lead Safe Mama 2

Belvedere Bianco Marble Look Porcelain Tile from tilebar: 29 +/- 11 ppm Lead (Safe by all standards)

When tested with an XRF instrument, the tile pictured here had the following readings (metals not listed were not detected, tests were done for a minimum of 60 seconds): Barium (Ba): 312 +/- 73 ppm Chromium (Cr): 404 +/- 92 ppm Zinc (Zn): 23,000 +/- 700 ppm Copper (Cu): 264 +/- 56 ppm Iron (Fe): […]

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Dollar Tree Store Greenbrier Interntional Mardi Gras Beads 2019 Lead Safe Mama 1

Dollar Tree Store (Spring 2019) Mardi Gras Beads: Lead Free, Cadmium Free, Mercury Free & Arsenic Free (and just $1)

Continue reading below each photo of the different color beads to see the full XRF test results for that color bead. I often share that because the Dollar stores (Dollar Tree, Dollar General, etc.) have had so many violations in the past they are actually doing a good job of keeping Lead, Cadmium, Mercury and […]

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Basic Marble Bianco Matte Tile Lead Safe Mama 2

Basic Marble Bianco Matte Porcelain Tile from tilebar: 87 ppm Lead (safe by all standards!)

When tested with an XRF instrument, the tile pictured here had the following readings (metals not listed were not detected, tests were done for a minimum of 60 seconds): Lead (Pb): 87 +/- 31 ppm Barium (Ba): 393 +/- 108 ppm Zinc (Zn): 28,200 +/- 1,100 ppm Copper (Cu): 147 +/- 69 ppm Nickel (Ni): […]

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Fortezza Calacatta Antique Tile Lead Safe Mama 2

Fortezza Calacatta Antique Tile from tilebar: 329 ppm Lead (90 is unsafe in kids’ items)

When tested with an XRF instrument, the tile pictured here had the following readings (metals not listed were not detected, tests were done for a minimum of 60 seconds): Lead (Pb): 329 +/- 32 ppm Barium (Ba): 206 +/- 71 ppm Zinc (Zn): 17,200 +/- 600 ppm Copper (Cu): 298 +/- 58 ppm Iron (Fe): […]

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KitchenAid Red Silicone Spatula with Bamboo Handle 2019 Lead Safe Mama 1

Kitchenaid 2019 Red Silicone & Bamboo Spatula Set: 11 +/- 4 ppm Lead! [Safe by all standards, but…]

In response to testing an older (c. 2010) yellow version of this exact same product (and finding high levels of lead in that product – see it on this link) I decided to follow up and purchase and test a new (2019) version of the product in red. (The yellow appears to no longer be […]

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Dollar Tree Gardening Trowel Greenbrier International Lead Safe Mama 1 2019

Dollar Tree Store (Spring 2019) Garden Transplanter Trowel: Lead Free (and just $1)

I often share that because the Dollar store (Dollar Tree, Dollar General, etc.) have had so many violations in the past they are actually doing a good job of keeping Lead, Cadmium, Mercury and Arsenic out of a lot of their products! This is one example of that. When tested with an XRF instrument for […]

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