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‘How Green Is Your Handbag?’ Lead Content In Fashion Accessories


Bright colors and fashionable looks make handbag a preferred accessory for every woman. Can a stylish handbag, bought from a big retail outlet create severe health problems?


Millions of women’s health is under potential risk, just because of their fashionable handbags; notable brands, the ones bought from reputed stores. This is because of lead, a poisonous metal that is widely used in handbags, and other fashion accessories. Vinyl and other faux leather materials, or the pigments used to color the products can impart lead into the human body says a health centre of California. Faux leather handbags are used by women almost everyday. It would be appalling to know that handbags contain lead, that too to an extent which will create serious health issues.

The Center for Environmental Health conducted a survey with the handbags sold by top 100 retailers such as Macy’s, Kohl’s, Kmart, JC Penny, Guess, Victoria’s Secrets, Target etc. These bags were screened and tested for lead content using an x-ray fluorescence analyzer. The tests were done in two ways; one by simply rubbing off the bag to check the lead content, and the second one was an elaborate test to find out the total lead present in the bag. Results exposed a shocking high level of lead present in the handbags. (Source: Press Release, Centre for Environmental Health, http://www.ceh.org).

High level of lead was found in womens vinyl and faux leather purses, handbags, and wallets. The lead can be rubbed off easily with the hands of people. It is linked with many hazardous health impacts such as strokes, heart attacks, blood pressure and many other problems. A research even states that low level of regular exposure to lead, can, in the long run lead to issues in the mental abilities of young women. 

Nearly all the bags tested with lead content were made in China. They have lead salts added to stabilize the vinyl polymer. Manufacturers and retailers should ensure that their products meet the customer regulatory standards focusing to avoid such ingredients. Earlier there were no specific standards as to the content of lead in purses. New industry wide standards are set currently, limiting the quantity of lead used in handbags and other fashion accessories. As per the new standards, regulations have been brought to the maximum quantity of lead, which can be used.

  • Not more than 90 parts of lead can be used in surface coatings.
  • Not more than 600 ppm of lead can be used in leather items, which is considered for a further reduction during 2011.
  • Not more than 300 ppm of lead can be used in vinyl, which is considered to be further reduced too 200 ppm by 2011.
  • Not more than 300 ppm of lead can be used in any other materials; apart from crystals. 

The agreement sets limits for the retail giants regarding the lead content in womens handbags. Around 40 big players have signed an agreement to comply with the standards. American Eagle, Diesel usa, eBags, Guess, H&M, JC Penney, Kohls, Liz Claiborne, Mango NY, Macys, Target, and Victorias Secrets are a few to name. (Source: CEH).


Millions of women all over the world use handbags and other accessories regularly. Focus on the chemicals used in them will help to minimize health threats and enable conservationism. Bags and wallets made from natural materials would be a better option.





Jute Bags: Trendy Yet Traditional


   Jute is extensively used to make a wide range of products. The commonly used jute product is the jute bag and it is immensely popular among almost all the generations. Previously they were used only as carry bags or gunny bags but now carrying stylish bags has become a fashion for people. People have actually become bore of carrying the same old leather bags. They are now looking forward to try different types that would be ethnic as well as fashionable. They modify the style and add a new dimension to our lifestyle. In today’s world where use of plastic bags is having a bad effect on the environment, it is better to use eco-friendly jute bags.



decent jute carry bag

Jute bags are beautifully braided and colorfully spruced up in order to maintain sync with our sense of style. They can be used as

1. Lunch bags 
2. Batuas 
3. Shopping bags 
4. School bags 
5. College bags 
6. Mobile covers 
7. Designer hand bags, etc.



perfect sling bag made of jute

One of the most important qualities of using it is that they are very much inexpensive and come in different varieties at modest prices. They are very much light and if taken good care then can be used for a long time. They are very much user friendly and are available in different colors and patterns. They are extremely popular among the teenagers and college goers. Bright colors make them look more attractive and trendy.

Nowadays the use of it has increased to a great level. Since the government has put a ban on the use of plastic, therefore it has brought about a huge impact in the sale of eco-friendly jute bags. Heavy items can be carried easily in it as compared to other bags because they are tough and strong. They are heat resistant and thus do not let the scorching heat effect the colors.




jute wallet clutch

They add a new aura at the work place. They are versatile and can be used as pen stands, business card holders, envelope holders, etc. People love to decorate their houses with it. The natural golden colored fibre gives a lustrous look to the style.

Different jute bags come with different handles that enhance the look of the bags. Often the manufacturers alter the size of the bags on customer’s demand. The fashion of carrying trendy as well as comfortable it is very much popular among the students. They find such bags very cool and tend to buy more and more jute bags. They are easily available in the shopping malls, stores, super markets, handicraft stores. If bought directly from the manufacturers then one can get discounts also.


elegant bag made of jute