pretty accessories made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic, but not for them
to put these cute items into their mouths.
waste, issued this precautionary statement after finding PVC plastic
accessories featuring popular super heroes and cartoon figures laden with toxic
tags and sanitizer bottle covers with PVC plastic embellishments may pose a
health risk due to their high lead content and should carry warning labels,”
said Thony Dizon, Coordinator of the EcoWaste Coalition’s Project Protect.
colorful and soft PVC adornments get into the hands and into the mouth of a
curious baby, toddler or kid,” he said.
Chinatown and Tutuban shopping malls in Divisoria, Manila in test buys conducted last weekend.
Out of 50 product samples, only nine had either low or non-detectable lead
levels, while 41 had lead between 247 to 5,575 parts per million (ppm), way
above the 100 ppm total lead content limit for accessible parts of children’s
products under the US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.
handheld X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) screening device.
Man” bag tag with 4,395 ppm, a “dolphin” clip bookmark with 4,256 ppm, a
“Minion” sanitizer bottle cover with 3,893 ppm, an “Angry Bird” clip bookmark
with 3,682 ppm and a “Batman” key chain with 2,760 ppm.
World Health Organization, can cause permanent damage to children’s developing
brains and central nervous system if ingested or inhaled even at low levels of
other hazardous chemical stabilizers and softeners that are not known to
consumers due to lack of chemical in products labeling information,” Dizon
be absorbed by innocent children chewing on them,” he added.
accessories, the EcoWaste Coalition urged consumers to avoid plastic products
bearing the number “3” or the letters “PVC” or the word “vinyl.”
Order for Lead and Lead Compounds, which prohibits the use of lead in the
production of school supplies and toys, the group advised safety-conscious
consumers to go for duly-labeled and registered non-toxic children’s products.
caution, stressing that burning PVC plastic waste will cause the release of
extremely harmful environmental pollutants such as dioxins and furans, which
belong to some of the most toxic chemicals known to science.