Can it be? The very bags we strut around town with believing we're doing good for the planet may contain harmful levels of lead, according to an article in yesterday's New York Times. More often than not, the bags are manufactured in China. The carbon footprint alone may be problematic for some. But many are afraid the lead may leach into the food we put inside them. We posed this same environmental question in a previous article on this site in January, 2009. See the NY Times excerpt below.
Even Reusable Bags Carry Environmental Risk
By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM
Published: November 14, 2010
"They dangle from the arms of many New Yorkers, a nearly ubiquitous emblem of empathy with the environment: synthetic, reusable grocery bags, another must-have accessory for the socially conscious.
But the bags, hot items at upscale markets, may be on the verge of a glacier-size public relations problem: similar bags outside the city have been found to contain lead...
There is no evidence that these bags pose an immediate threat to the public, and none of the bags sold by New York City’s best-known grocery stores have been implicated. But reports from around the country have trickled in recently about reusable bags, mostly made in China, that contained potentially unsafe levels of lead. The offending bags were identified at several stores, including some CVS pharmacies; the Rochester-based Wegman’s grocery chain recalled thousands of its bags, made of recycled plastic, in September."
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