Recently we had a lovely customer come into our Showroom Seconds Sale looking for new dinnerware for her family. She was pregnant and explained that she had been handed-down a set of beautiful antique dinnerware from her grandmother. She was concerned about chemical content and had the plates tested. They were full of lead!
She vowed not to use them with her expanding family, and purchased a beautiful set of Aqua and Twilight Plates & Bowls from Fire & Light. I could see the relief in her eyes knowing that her family would be eating off of dinnerware that is safe, non-toxic, lead, melamine & cadmium free, and doesn’t leach chemicals.
Taken from an article from the Baseline of Health Foundation, “Most dinnerware today does contain lead and cadmium, and the FDA does allow that. In fact, an independent news station in Indiana conducted independent testing on 315 plates, bowls, and mugs from various retailers as well as some antiques. They found that 36 percent exceeded safety standards for lead content, and one out of ten contained more than 30 times the recommended maximum. The dishes failing the safety test came from a variety of countries, including the US, and even plain white plates were among the culprits.”
It’s hard enough to try to keep up with all of the health food, organic, gluten-free and fair trade trends out there, but first priority should be making sure you are eating food off of plates that won’t harm you.
The solution? Upgrade. The cheaper the dishes, the more chemicals will leach out. So take into account that by purchasing dinnerware made from the recycled glass that you eat spaghetti sauce and jelly out of, handmade by artisans in quaint little Arcata, California, you will not only be supporting the U.S economy and helping to create more jobs, but you will have the peace of mind that you and your family are safe from these worries.