How Safe Are The Fashion Jewelries You Buy?
Can glittery earrings and shiny necklaces pose a threat to your safety? Many consumers are unaware that products are tainted with high levels of lead. Lead contamination has been linked to cardiovascular issues, kidney failures, and nervous system damage, among other health complications.
The New York Time article, “Fashion at a Very High Price,” discusses the dangers of inexpensive fashion accessories.
“The brighter and shinier they are, the greater the risk,” said environmental journalist Deborah Blum.
Retailers, both large and small, face the hazards that come with using lead. According to the article, companies like Target, H&M, Guess, and J. Crew did not violate lead standards but stores like Wet Seal, Charlotte Russe, and Forever 21 have exceeded lead limits. Retailers can reduce contamination through quality control or face fines of up to $10,000 to the Center for Environmental Health. This comes after a 2010 lawsuit filed by the center against more than 40 corporations regarding their lead usage.
Younger demographics, particularly women of childbearing ages, should be more aware of the potential risks of lead. “Lead accumulates in bones and can be released during pregnancy with the potential to harm both the mother and fetus,” said Blum.
Women between the ages of 20-35 are certainly not the only ones prone to the effects of lead. Lead contamination is a threat to all consumers.
De Novo Imports designs and manufactures fashion jewelry that is of the highest quality, on-trend, and safe to wear. In order to minimize risks associated with contaminants like lead in our products, we work with manufacturers who share industry ethics and standards when it comes to quality control. The raw materials and manufacturing processes adhere to regulatory guidelines of California Proposition 65. De Novo also implements our own random testings to ensure that our products are tested and safe before they ever reach our customers.
Ensuring that products are nontoxic, especially for fashion accessories retailers, is key. “If you buy products that are not contaminated, there’s undoubtedly an extra cost,” said Dr. Lanphear, a health sciences professor at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and a leading expert in lead contamination. “But there are much larger benefits.”
The financial and ethical liabilities from contamination indicate the importance of quality control throughout the entire industry. Lead contamination can tarnish a retailer’s reputation but with proper practices, both businesses and customers benefit from safe-to-wear accessories.
Proposition 65 At A Glance:
- Standard industry practice that requires businesses to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm
- Features over 800 chemicals including lead and cadmium
- Warnings are placed on product labels if listed chemicals are present