As reported by Good Housekeeping, what the study found was pretty interesting. From the report, it was discovered that “81% of the products (133 out of 164) contained at least one hazardous chemical above levels of concern, and 49% of products contained two or more.”
The hazardous chemicals and/or materials included phthalates; polyvinyl chloride (PVC or vinyl), antimony, lead bromine, and chromium.
While there are products that are deemed hazardous, dollar stores still have great deals on many of their other products. In general, these products are a good buy: gift bags and cards, glassware, school supplies, brand name soaps and cleaning products.
Why This Matters
Simply put, products that contain these harmful chemicals can be a serious health risk. Phthalates (the binding agent that makes plastic flexible), have been linked to abnormal levels of estrogen and testosterone, birth defects, some types of cancer and asthma.
Exposure to lead can lead to developmental impairment and growth delays. Bromine can slow cognitive growth, lead to skin disorders, be harmful for the kidneys, and increase the risk of birth defects to name a few.
Products To Avoid
These products were determined to have higher levels of toxic chemicals. For the full list, click here.
- Christmas Garland
- Christmas Lights
- Jewelry (Plastic, Metal And Clip-On)
- Window & Wall Stickers
- Plastic Utensils
- Flannel-Backed Table Covers
- Mardi Gras Bead Necklaces
- Plastic Sippy/Silly Straws
- Electronic Accessories & Cords
- Vinyl Bathtub Mats
- Anything With The Word “Vinyl” In The Name
- Boxing Gloves
- Grip Shelf Liners
- Minnie Mouse & Avenger Backpacks
- Cell Phone Wristlet
- 60 in. Micro USB Cable
- Plastic Headbands
- Custom Grip Steering Wheel Covers
- Plastic Pencil Pouches
- Garden Knee Pad
- Jumpin’ Frogs
- Artificial Nail Set
- Bath Toys & Bathtub Appliques
- Latex Coated Work Gloves