This Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse (TPCH) project screened over 130 single-use shopping and mail order bags for the presence of lead and cadmium in inks and colorants and compliance with state toxics in packaging requirements. While only three packaging samples failed the XRF screening, the concentration of lead in these shopping bags was significant at approximately 10,000 ppm or 1 percent by weight. The failing samples were all vibrant, solid-colored plastic bags, two yellow and one red. Overall, the TPCH member states were pleased with the high level of compliance with state toxics in packaging laws. A report on the project is available on the Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse website.
For more information on state toxics in packaging laws, visit the Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse website.