A post by Pat
I wonder if the Greens see this as a save-the-Earth bonus. Not only are those reusable shopping bags cutting down on trash, they could be killing consumers. Toxic levels of lead have been measured in reusable grocery bags. This should come as no surprise since the bags are manufactured in China.
According to a study released by TEI Analytical, half of reusable shopping bags made with Non-Woven Poly Propylene (NWPP) contain an unhealthy amount of lead. Many of the bags that are supposed to save the planet contain more than 100 parts per million (PPM) of toxic heavy metals — violating state laws. The study tested bags distributed by national chains such as Walgreens, Rite-Aid and Harris Teeter.
Among the worst was a bag distributed by CVS Pharmacy. It was found to have 500 PPM – five times the allowed limit.
It’s not just evil corporations and mega-chains that are selling reusable shopping bags to make a profit. Government officials are handing them out for free to unsuspecting recipients.
Not the first toxic government give-away.
If unhealthy levels of lead don’t bother you, how about E Coli or salmonella or some other dangerous bacteria?
Plastic bags are still free where I live. I use them for the dirty cat litter. They’re just as inviting for reuse at the grocery store as the bacteria ridden toxic earth-friendly bags.