Outdoor products study

New Study of Picnic Supplies Finds Lead, Phthalates, Hazardous Flame Retardants, Organotins and Other Harmful Ingredients

Mind the Store Calls on Top Ten Retailers to Phase Out Toxics

August 8, 2013 —  Researchers released a new study of chemical hazards in picnic products sold at top ten national retailers, finding most have one or more hazardous chemicals linked to serious health problems. The nonprofit Ecology Center tested 58 common outdoor picnic products for substances that have been linked to asthma, birth defects, learning disabilities, reproductive problems, liver toxicity and cancer. Products tested included tablecloths, placemats, picnic baskets, coolers, water toys, folding chairs and umbrellas purchased from 8 of the top 10 national retailers: Lowes, Home Depot, Walgreens, CVS, Target, Walmart, Kroger and Costco. The results were released today on the easy-to-use consumer website - http://www.ecocenter.org/healthy-stuff - which also includes prior research on toys, car seats, pet products, cars, women’s handbags, back-to-school products and children’s car seats.

Published on August 8, 2013

Sample Listing

22 Quart Styrofoam Cooler
medium
60 Can Collapsible Cooler
high
Aluminum Handled Basket
medium
Arm Chair (Burgundy)
high
Beach Chair (red)
medium
Butterfly Fun Raincoat
high
Clamp-On Umbrella (Pink)
low
Deluxe Arm Chair
high
Easy Care Tablecloth (Blue and Green)
low
Easy Care Tablecloth (Stars)
low
Easy-Carry Picnic Tote
high
Fabric Tablecloth (Gray)
low
Fabric Tablecloth (Red)
low
Fabric Tablecloth (Red, white, and blue)
low
Flying Disc (Blue)
none
Foldable Double Wash Basin
high
Folding Arm Chair (Black)
high
Folding Bag Chair (Green)
high
Folding Chair (Orange)
high
Folding Chair with Drink Holder (Purple)
medium
Lawn Blanket
high
Mesh Tote (Blue with red stars)
high
Patio Chair
medium
Picnic Tablecloth (Red and white checkered)
high
Placemat (Brown)
high
Placemat (Red)
high
Plastic Table Cover (red)
low
Rectangle Table Cloth (Yellow)
low
Reusable Shopping Bag
medium
Seat Cushion
high
Seat Cushion (Turquoise)
medium
Soft Cooler (Yellow)
high
Spider Man Youth Folding Armchair
high
Splash Bombs
high
Splash Flying Disc
medium
Splash Football
medium
Sport Brella Mini Chair
low
Squirties
high
Table cloth (Green and white checkered)
low
Table Cover (Red White and Blue)
low
Table Cover (Red)
low
Table Cover (Red)
low
Table Covers (White)
low
Tablecloth (Pink with white dots)
low
Tablecloth (Red and white checkered)
low
TableCloth Weights
low
The Gripper Chair Cushion
medium
Tilt Umbrella (Multicolor)
low
Tote Cooler
high
Two Pack Outdoor Throw Pillows
high
Vinyl Table Protector
high
Vinyl Tablecloth
low
Vinyl Tablecloth Pad (White)
high
Water Blasters
medium
Weighted Fabric Tablecloth (White and blue)
high
Wigglin Water Sprinkler
high
Woven Web Lawn Chair
low
IMPORTANT NOTE: HealthyStuff.org ratings do not provide a measure of health risk or chemical exposure associated with any individual product, or any individual element or related chemical.