Back during the Halloween season, HealthyStuff.org found that a lot of Halloween products contained unhealthy, toxic chemicals. Now, HealthyStuff.org has expanded their holiday findings after testing many seasonal winter decor products. The Christmas-themed products that were tested came from major retailers, and a majority of these products contained chemicals you don’t want around your kids. Of the 69 seasonal holiday products HealthyStuff.org tested, more than two-thirds of the products contained at least one hazardous chemical at levels of concern. Categories of products tested included beaded garlands, tinsel garlands, artificial wreaths and greenery, stockings, figurines and other tabletop decorations, and gift bags. Keep reading to see some of the study results and find out how to keep your Christmas less toxic.
The holiday products that were tested were purchased from Walgreens, Kroger, Lowe’s, Walmart, Target and Dollar Tree. Some results include:
- 13% of the holiday products contained lead above 100 parts per million (ppm).
- 12% of the products contained more than 800 ppm bromine, indicating the presence of brominated flame retardants.
- Beaded garlands were found to contain a multitude of toxic contaminants.
- Light strings, including lights attached to decorations showcased high levels of lead and bromine.
- Heavy metals and other additives like lead, flame retardants, tin compounds and phthalates were common in wreaths, garlands, and wall or table decorations.
- Many of the most inexpensive home decorating items tested contained flexible vinyl components, which in turn contain multiple chemical hazards.
Mike Schade, Mind the Store campaign director for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, says, “Parents shouldn’t have to worry that their holiday decorations may contain toxic chemicals. Big retailers should get these hidden hazards out of holiday decorations, once and for all. Parents expect their favorite retailers to mind the store.” HealthyStuff.org says parents should simply use common sense when handling holiday products such as…
- Do not allow kids to put small holiday ornaments in their mouths.
- Wash up after messing around with holiday lights.
- Vacuum and dust often during the holidays, because reducing levels of dust can reduce chemical exposure.
The full test results are available at HealthyStuff.org.