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November 20, 2010 - In response to the latest new articles and reports about excessive levels of lead in reusable shopping bags we at REUSABLEBAGS.CA are excited to advise our customers that all of our products are safe and that we provide our customers with only the safest of products.

Our customers source from us because they know that our tests show some of the lowest levels available in the industry at 16ppm. We have tested our lead content as far back as 2007.  Copies of these third party reports can be downloaded from our website (see the 4 links below).

Reusablebags.ca would like to take this opportunity to let all our customers know that we will continue to be vigilant in our testing and production of reusable bags as we work through our China office, partners and production facilities to provide only the best and safest of products.

Reusablebags.ca would also like to remind our customers that a Reusable Bag philosophy and practice remains a viable and environmentally friendly alternative to plastic bags.  

Consumers should know that safe lead levels in toys as identified by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 in the United States is 300ppm (parts per million). This level will soon be amended to 100ppm by August 2011. Health Canada has stated that this level is 90ppm. These levels are considered safe for children’s toys with the understanding that these products could be licked or put into the mouth. Our testing which began in 2007 shows levels at 16 ppm which is well below the safe levels of use.


Customers must know that the lead levels in the bags they use are affected by a number of variables such as type of material used, ink colours as well as the amount of ink that is used and finally if the bag is laminated. Laminated bags represent a higher probability of unacceptable lead levels similar to those identified in the reports from the United States.

We will continue to provide our customers with environmentally friendly alternatives to existing one time use throw away plastic bags because we continue to believe it is the right thing to do.

Reusablebags.ca also has a growing list of alternatives to non-woven polypropylene material such as bags made of 100% RPET material (recycled water bottles which can be diverted from landfills to produce new products). As well, we have 100% Bamboo bags which is a natural fibre material and 100% lead free. In addition, our line of compact polyester bags also provide you with viable alternatives.

Source responsibly. We look forward to providing you with quality reusable bags for 2010 and beyond. Contact Us today!

From all of us here at Reusablebags.ca,

The ReusableBags.ca Team

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Read More About What People Are Saying On This Issue:
Refunds offered on reusable grocery bags containing lead - TampaBay Online
Do some reusable bags contain lead? - Mercury News
Reusablebags: bad for the environment? - CBC News
Tests find lead in reusable shopping bags in B.C. - CTV News
Our Third Party Testing Results: