Click to jump to: Antimony, Arsenic, Beryllium, Cadmium, Chromium, Cobalt, Lead, Mercury, Nickel

Heavy metals may be present in televisions, lipstick, ceramics, paints, costume jewelry, electronics, batteries and other products.

Exposure to toxic metals compounds in air, water, toys, electronics, jewelry, and many other products have been linked to cancer, developmental disorders, and a number of other health problems and diseases.

Consumer tips:

Visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission Website and search for toys and other products that have been recalled because of lead and other safety reasons.

Get rid of cheap children’s jewelry and avoid buying new pieces because so many items are loaded with toxic lead and cadmium.

Labeling laws in some states may aid you in identifying which products contain certain toxic metals like mercury.

Refer to Greenpeace’s Guide to Greener Electronics, which evaluates companies on efforts to remove toxics from their products, as well as on climate impacts and recycling.

Ask retailers and toymakers how they ensure their manufacturers have adhered to high standards. Use your purchasing power to support companies or products that are moving in the right direction.

Tell retailers to stop selling products made with heavy metals and other chemicals.

Antimony

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Arsenic

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Beryllium

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Cadmium

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Chromium

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Cobalt

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Lead

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Mercury


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Nickel

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Tell retailers to stop selling products made with heavy metals and other chemicals.

* Under our weak federal laws, it’s impossible for us to know all the uses of heavy metals in consumer products. As a result, this is not an exhaustive list of all products containing heavy metals.