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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Limited Time Only: Target Will Recycle Your Old Car Seat

September 18, 2017 by  
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Through Saturday, Sept. 23, you can take your old car … The post Limited Time Only: Target Will Recycle Your Old Car Seat appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Businesses are responding to demand for chemical transparency

April 26, 2017 by  
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As calls for ingredient transparency grow, companies such as Target, Clorox and Reckitt Benckiser are taking control of ingredients.

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5 companies that get what Earth Day really means

April 21, 2017 by  
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Incremental progress is okay, but businesses such as Apple, DHL, Target, Toyota and Walmart are stepping up to truly move the needle on climate.

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Why your company’s Earth Day pitch may be tone deaf

April 21, 2017 by  
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Consumers are looking for more than one-off Earth Day events — they are looking for movement makers.

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Is your favorite retailer selling toxic products?

December 15, 2016 by  
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New report card ranks Walmart, Amazon, Target, Costco and other retailers on safer chemical policies.

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Why Method’s co-founder wants you to drink your peas

April 27, 2016 by  
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Adam Lowry’s dairy-free venture, Ripple Foods, already has scored deals with Whole Foods and Target.

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The 5 toughest challenges tomorrow’s cities face

April 27, 2016 by  
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EPA chief McCarthy and Land O’Lakes CEO Policinski joined mayors and other leaders to swap strategies for resilience.

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How Target Targets Sustainable Building Operations

February 17, 2016 by  
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Target is a profitable company – and a very sustainable one too.  According to The Guardian, Target is one of 10 companies that make $1 billion a year or more from sustainable products and operations. Still wondering about the business case for…

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4 ways to build transparent retail supply chains

December 21, 2015 by  
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Apple, Target and Nike are forging new and deeper relationships with suppliers to address social and environmental challenges.

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