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Today, most everyone recognizes the importance
of being a good environmental steward. And that stewardship begins
in how we live within our most personal environment - our home.
PQI supports sustainable and environmentally-advanced paint and
building materials and can help consumers understand the benefits
of painting green, regardless of the color on the wall.
"Today's environmentally-advanced paints are
high-performance products that provide many years of service,
yielding beautiful and durable finishes that extend the time until
- Stewart Williams PQI Technical
Today, water-based paints dominate and account for roughly 80%
of paints sold in the residential market.
The function of organic solvents in a paint relates to certain
properties it brings – it facilitates the paint’s application,
it’s drying, and the formation of a regular paint film. During
application and drying, the solvent evaporates. Ideally a dry
paint film no longer contains solvent. However when they
evaporate, these solvents release Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
into the atmosphere, with a negative, toxic impact on the
It revealed that some children’s face paints
contains lead, a neurotoxin, as well as nickel, cobalt
and chromium, which can cause lifelong skin
sensitization and contact dermatitis.
Even more terrifying is that
these metals were not listed on the products’
ingredient labels. Some of the products tested even
had misleading claims like “hypoallergenic” and “FDA
compliant”, making it tough for parents to make an
informed decision. Experts
Experts say there is no safe level of lead exposure for
children and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
recommend that parents avoid using cosmetics on their children
that could be contaminated with lead.
Lead may be a contaminant in over 650 products listed in Skin
Deep. Lead can be found in a range of cosmetic products
including sunscreens, foundation, nail colors, lipsticks and
whitening toothpaste. Several ingredients derived from plant
sources, such as cottonseed oils and rice derivatives, may
contain heavy metals such as lead and mercury. Second
Nature arterial jaymemattson.com
February 10th of this year, penalties go into effect for any
retailer or manufacturer knowingly selling toys or any other
children's products (including clothing, books and bikes)
containing levels of lead or phthalates above government
standards -- 600 ppm total for lead and 0.1% of total for
phthalates . These cannot be sold, either new or by resale
shops, thrift stores, or even garage sales
Search Results 1,760,000 for children’s face paints.
Does any one
report listed test results for 10
face paint products, the types
widely available via the Internet or
in craft or Halloween stores. The
Campaign for Safe Cosmetics released
the report, titled Pretty Scary:
Could Halloween Face Paint Cause
Lifelong Health Problems?
"All 10 face paint products tested
contained lead, and six out of 10
had known skin allergens, including
nickel, cobalt, or chromium, at
levels above recommendations of
industry studies," says Stacy Malkan,
the campaign's co-founder and a
co-author of the report. Malkan is
also the author of Not Just a
Pretty Face, a 2007 book
detailing what she sees as the
potentially hazardous ingredients in
What You Should Know About Lead Based Paint in Your Home: Safety
CPSC Document #5054
Lead-based paint is hazardous to your health.
Lead-based paint is a major source of lead poisoning for children and
can also affect adults. In children, lead poisoning can cause
irreversible brain damage and can impair mental functioning. It can
retard mental and physical development and reduce attention span. It
can also retard fetal development even at extremely low levels of
lead. In adults, it can cause irritability, poor muscle coordination,
and nerve damage to the sense organs and nerves controlling the body.
Lead poisoning may also cause problems with reproduction (such as a
decreased sperm count). It may also increase blood pressure. Thus,
young children, fetuses, infants, and adults with high blood pressure
are the most vulnerable to the effects of lead.
Children should be screened for lead poisoning.
In communities where the houses are old and deteriorating, take
advantage of available screening programs offered by local health
departments and have children checked regularly to see if they are
suffering from lead poisoning. Because the early symptoms of lead
poisoning are easy to confuse with other illnesses, it is difficult to
diagnose lead poisoning without medical testing. Early symptoms may
include persistent tiredness, irritability, loss of appetite, stomach
discomfort, reduced attention span, insomnia, and constipation.
Failure to treat children in the early stages can cause long-term or
permanent health damage.
The current blood lead level which defines lead poisoning is 10
micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood. However, since poisoning
may occur at lower levels than previously thought, various federal
agencies are considering whether this level should be lowered further
so that lead poisoning prevention programs will have the latest
information on testing children for lead poisoning.
Consumers can be exposed to lead from paint.
Eating paint chips is one way young children are exposed to lead. It
is not the most common way that consumers, in general, are exposed to
lead. Ingesting and inhaling lead dust that is created as lead-based
paint "chalks," chips, or peels from deteriorated surfaces can expose
consumers to lead. Walking on small paint chips found on the floor, or
opening and closing a painted frame window, can also create lead dust.
Other sources of lead include deposits that may be present in homes
after years of use of leaded gasoline and from industrial sources like
smelting. Consumers can also generate lead dust by sanding lead-based
paint or by scraping or heating lead-based paint.
Lead dust can settle on floors, walls, and furniture. Under these
conditions, children can ingest lead dust from hand-to-mouth con- tact
or in food. Settled lead dust can re-enter the air through cleaning,
such as sweeping or vacuuming, or by movement of people throughout the
Older homes may contain lead based paint.
Lead was used as a pigment and drying agent in "alkyd" oil based
paint. "Latex" water based paints generally have not contained lead.
About two-thirds of the homes built before 1940 and one-half of the
homes built from 1940 to 1960 contain heavily-leaded paint. Some homes
built after 1960 also contain heavily-leaded paint. It may be on any
interior or exterior surface, particularly on woodwork, doors, and
windows. In 1978, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission lowered
the legal maximum lead content in most kinds of paint to 0.06% (a
trace amount). Consider having the paint in homes constructed before
the 1980s tested for lead before renovating or if the paint or
underlying surface is deteriorating. This is particularly important if
infants, children, or pregnant women are present.
Consumers can have paint tested for lead.
There are do-it-yourself kits available. However, the U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission has not evaluated any of these kits. One
home test kit uses sodium sulfide solution. This procedure requires
you to place a drop of sodium sulfide solution on a paint chip. The
paint chip slowly turns darker if lead is present. There are problems
with this test, however. Other metals may cause false positive
results, and resins in the paint may prevent the sulfide from causing
the paint chip to change color. Thus, the presence of lead may not be
correctly indicated. In addition the darkening may be detected only on
very light-colored paint.
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