Author Archive | Tamara

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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As Notre Dame Burns April 2019 Lead Safe Mama

As Notre Dame burns think of the children of Paris. Potentially worse than Flint – how many have been poisoned by this fire?

Monday –  April 15, 2019 Today Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris burned. My first reaction was one of visceral, personal shock and sadness — because I lived in Paris for a year (June 1989 to June 1990) when I was 19 and 20, nannying for a few families and studying with the Theatré du Soliel […]

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c. 2010 KitchenAid Yellow Rubber Spatula Lead Safe Mama 1

What were you thinking, Kitchenaid?! (c. 2010) Yellow Silicone Spatula: 970 +/- 29 ppm Lead! [90 is unsafe in kids’ items.]

Here’s the story behind this particular spatula (which is now in my “Museum of Lead” collection!): Sometime over the last couple of years I visited my friend “K,” and tested her family’s everyday household things for Lead and other toxicants (that’s a big part of what I do to help families who have concerns about […]

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Lead and Cadmium Crystal Bracelet from 2010 Bridesmaids Gift Lead Safe Mama 1

Crystal bracelet (c. 2014), costume jewelry: 70,700 ppm Lead (90 is unsafe) + 149,600 ppm Cadmium (75 ppm is unsafe.)

This bracelet was one of a matching set that a bride purchased and gave to each of her bridesmaids for her wedding in 2014. There is no brand or maker’s mark on it that I can find. When I tested this I was floored by the fact that it was so recently made and yet […]

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1976 USA Penny Coin Lead Safe Mama 3

#AskTamara: This one is for the kids! Q. “Hey Mom! What’s a penny made of?”… XRF test results for a 1976 U.S.A. penny.

This is when I get to be the super-cool mom… with answers to questions like “What’s a penny made of?”… and since I get to be the cool mom I thought I would share this info with you so you can also be the “cool parent” and give your kiddo a super-cool, super-scientific, over-informed answer […]

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