Holiday Beaded Garlands
For this study, Healthystuff.org purchased 19 holiday beaded garlands of various colors, shapes and lengths from 6 national retailers (CVS, Walgreens, Lowes, Home Depot, Target and Walmart). These holiday garlands were purchased in Michigan between October and November of 2013.
Holiday Beaded Garland findings:
- About 74% (14 of 19) of the beaded garlands had bromine levels above 400 parts per million (ppm), suggesting the use of brominated flame retardants.
- About 42% (8 of 19) of the beaded garlands had Chlorine levels above 3,500 ppm, suggesting the use of PVC or chlorinated flame retardants.
- The highest level detected for arsenic was 73 ppm.
- Over two thirds (12 of 19) of the beaded garlands had levels of Lead exceeding 100 ppm. The highest level of Lead was 4,161 ppm found in a beaded garland purchased at Lowes.
The results of this study are summarized in the table below.
Published on February 3, 2015