Retailers, Manufacturers Agree To Reduce Amount Of Lead Used In Handbags

As part of a $1.7 million settlement, over 40 major retailers and apparel manufacturers have agreed to cut back on the amount of lead used in handbags and other accessories.

The agreement is the result of a lawsuit by the Center for Environmental Health, which found high levels of lead in purses, handbags and wallets it purchased and tested.

Among the retailers involved in the settlement: Macy’s, Target, Kohl’s, JC Penney, Sears, Kmart and Victoria’s Secret.

Says Michael Green, CEH Executive Director:

Today’s settlement means millions of women no longer need to fear that their purse may pose a threat to their health or the health of their children… We expect that every company that makes, imports, distributes or sells purses and other accessories will join these leading companies in meeting these health standards for their consumers.

Landmark Agreement Ends Lead Threats in Handbags from National Vendors and Retailers [CEH.org]

Retailers Agree to Limit Lead in Purses [FairWarning.org]