Target is selling fidget spinners that contain toxic levels of lead

November 9, 2017 by  
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If you’re planning to gift a fidget spinner this holiday season, take heed – the US Public Interest Research Group has found dangerously high levels of lead in some spinners sold at Target. In fact, one of the fidget spinners was found to contain 300 times the 100 parts per million allowable for children’s toys. The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass contains the highest levels of lead , testing at 33,000 parts per million. As we mentioned, that’s 300 times what is allowed for children’s toys. The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner in Metal tested at 1,300 parts per million. The response from Target and the manufacturer has been the same: the particular spinners aren’t intended for children under the age of 14. Hence, CPSC lead restrictions for children’s toys “don’t apply.” The companies say products marketed to those over the age of 12 have no specific lead-level restrictions. Said a spokesperson for Target: “The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has reviewed and explicitly defined fidget spinners as ‘general use products.’ They are not defined by the CPSC as toys.” Related: 11-year old inventor becomes “America’s Top Young Scientist” for creating lead-detecting sensor According to Kara Cook-Shultz, the toxics director at US PIRG, it doesn’t matter how the CPSC classifies these spinners — they’re still being marketed as toys for kids. “All fidget spinners have play value as children’s toys regardless of labeling,” said Cook-Schultz. “We can’t sit idly by while children play with these toxic toys. And, yes, they are toys.” CBS News reports that the gadgets are being sold in the toy aisles alongside the spinners sold to 6-year-olds. Additionally, the packaging for the brass spinner says the toy is appropriate for ages “6 and up.” The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass, on the other hand, does recommend “Ages 14+”. Lead poisoning is a serious concern, particularly for young children. This is because children absorb the substance more readily. Young kids are also more likely to put products that contain high amounts of lead in their mouths and near their noses. Excess levels of lead can lead to hyperactivity , lack of appetite, behavior problems, and learning disabilities. Of course, lead is toxic to adults, as well. Excess levels of lead can result in brain and nervous system ailments, stomach and kidney problems, high blood pressure, weakness, headaches and muscle problems in adults. + US Public Interest Research Group Via CBS News Images via Pixabay

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Target is selling fidget spinners that contain toxic levels of lead

Recycling Mysteries: Candy Wrappers

October 20, 2017 by  
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‘Tis the season for candy, candy and more candy. Pumpkin-shaped chocolates, sour gummies, … The post Recycling Mysteries: Candy Wrappers appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Surprisingly Sustainable: Oktoberfest’s Green Side

October 10, 2017 by  
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Some celebrations are almost synonymous with waste. Picture the plastic-bead-strewn … The post Surprisingly Sustainable: Oktoberfest’s Green Side appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Recycling Solar Glasses After the Eclipse

August 21, 2017 by  
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Plenty of people are rocking eyewear today with funky rectangular paper frames. In peak demand for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse in North America, these specs are all about protecting the peepers. As you probably know, it’s not safe to look at…

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6 Simple Swaps for a Green 4th of July 

June 30, 2017 by  
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Party like it’s 1776 — well, with a few upgrades — and go green for your Fourth of July celebration this year. We’ve made it simple for you. Here are six sustainable swaps to follow this Independence Day. 1. Think Recyclable, Not…

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4 Tips for Planning a Toxin-Free Summer Barbecue

May 23, 2017 by  
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With Memorial Day Weekend approaching, grilling season is officially upon us. Distant splashes and adolescent laughter can be heard from nearby pools, while tantalizing aromas from firing grills fill the air. It’s that time of year to channel your…

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In Honor of Trees: How to Celebrate Arbor Day

April 27, 2017 by  
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April is nearing its end, which means Arbor Day is upon us. What is Arbor Day, you ask? It’s a toast to trees! On this green holiday, everyone is encouraged to celebrate the important role trees play in our environment. Arbor Day is…

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Kiss Me, I’m Eco-Friendly! 5 Tips for a Truly Green St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2017 by  
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Genealogy tests be damned, March 17 is a day when we all proudly claim to have Irish ancestry — and for good reason. St. Patrick’s Day was originally intended to be a religious feast to celebrate Saint Patrick, but over the years, the focus…

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5 Traditions That Are Terrible for the Environment (And What You Can Do Instead)

March 15, 2017 by  
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Holidays, weddings and funerals — all events that are practically bursting with tradition. Traditions are important not only because they bridge the gap between the generations, but also because they produce a genuine sense of comfort and belonging…

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How to Have an Eco-Friendly Galentine’s Day

February 14, 2017 by  
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Ah, Galentine’s Day. A sacred holiday observed on Feb. 13 by single females and their friends everywhere. And although it may actually be Valentine’s Day, there’s no reason you can’t celebrate Galentine’s Day today or…

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