Lead Contaminating Global Paint – Eco-Fail
Now this isn’t good. Seventy-five percent of paint samples and 73 percent of consumer paint brands tested from 12 countries representing nearly half the global population exceeded current US standard of 600 parts per million (ppm) for lead in paint. This is really bad for the rest of the world, and let’s be grateful that the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has a lead limit in the U.S. Lead is neurotoxic and can lower IQs. Most of U.S. products are now produced in other parts of the world. Better news for the U.S.: The US Consumer Product Safety Commission is going to lower the permissible lead limit from 600 ppm to 90 ppm. Yikes, the level of 600 ppm in new paint was determined 30 years ago. For the rest of the world painting: Eco-Fail
By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).