Many brands that use toxic materials when making jewellery. Things like lead and cadmium are all substances that get mixed into the jewellery you wear, or worse, the ones you buy for your kids.
The United States has stepped up its protection of public health and the environment from cheap, hazardous and unsafe merchandise. There are five states that set strict limits on cadmium in kids’ jewellery: Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington. In a blog by the Environmental Working Group, lead scientist Tasha Stoiber reports that California, in 2012, added restrictions on the use of cadmium in jewellery to its Lead-Containing Jewelry Law and renamed it the Metal-Containing Jewelry Law. This public health law has forced the jewellery manufacturers to prove chemicals are safe before marketing their products.
Meanwhile, Canada has its own struggles with cadmium. Canadians who buy low-cost jewellery from popular fashion chains may be wearing products made with cadmium that can be particularly toxic for kids if ingested. An article from CBC News reports that researchers at University of Toronto and Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal found that:
Seven items from Ardene and Aldo contained between 15 and 7,000 times the Health Canada threshold for cadmium in children’s jewelry.
According to Health Canada, as well as being carcinogenic, cadmium, when ingested, has been associated with “renal (kidney), hepatic (liver), cardiovascular (circulatory system), hemotological (blood), neurological (brain), reproductive/developmental and immunological effects.”
More simply, it can damage lungs, kidneys and bones.
- Behavioural problems
- Learning disabilities
- Joint and muscle weakness
- Organ failures
Canada has set guidelines for cadmium in children’s jewellery: up to 130 mg/kg. The level of cadmium detected in the jewellery from Aldo and Ardene’s was up to 93%. Aldo agreed to remove the items from their shelves.
I came to the conclusion that parents should do more investigating before buying jewelleries for their children. We all are responsible for how we shop, whether it is jewellery, food or clothes. When we as consumers shop more selectively, the store owners will get the “picture” that we are fed up. Don’t sell us junk…