Those cute pieces you like to pick up on the cheap? Well, you might want to reconsider wearing them 24/7.
The Ecology Center, a non-profit organization, tested 99
jewelry items priced under $10 from 14 stores around the nation, such as Glitter,
Forever 21, Target, Claire’s, Walmart, Hot Topic and H&M. Out of all the jewelry, 27 of the pieces turned out to have
lead at levels more than the 300 parts per million (ppm) limit for stuff geared
toward kids. Chromium and nickel, toxic metals that have caused toys and jewelry
to be recalled in the past, were found in 10 percent of the pieces. Over half
of the products tested had elevated levels of other chemicals such as cadmium,
chlorine, brominated flame retardants, arsenic and mercury.
Among the most toxic pieces discovered were pieces marketed
to kids and young adults from Claire’s, Walmart, Target and Forever 21. Yikes!
Wearing tainted trinkets might be less dangerous that eating
them, but that doesn’t mean it’s A-OK to keep decking yourself out in cheap
charms that are potentially carcinogenic. What do you think, babes: Will this
study encourage you to save your money, or will you take a chance on
BY KRUPALI DESAI ON 4/11/2012 1:31:00 PM
POSTED IN health, In the News, jewelry