Protect Consumers from Lead-Contaminated Handbags

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Target: Tory Burch, Guess, House of Harlow, Nine West, Charlotte Russe, and other retail stores selling handbags

Goal: Ask retailers and handbag manufacturers to make sure their products do not contain lead.

The Center for Environmental Health recently conducted an investigation that found a hidden danger in handbags. One out of four retail stores inspected had handbags for sale that contained lead. The study found lead in the sides of 43 out of 300 handbags tested. The handbags that contained the most lead came from Tory Burch, Guess, House of Harlow, Nine West, and Charlotte Russe. This is disturbing not only because of the dangers lead presents, but also because hundreds of handbag manufacturers had previously signed a court settlement to eliminate lead in their products. All handbag manufacturers must make sure lead is not present in their products for the safety of their consumers.

Lead is a toxic substance that can transfer from products such as handbags to the human body. Women who carry lead contaminated handbags are at risk for contamination, as are their children or anyone else they are in contact with. Lead is extremely toxic and should not be in any products in contact with the human body. Handbags from Tory Burch were found to have 200 times the amount of lead deemed safe by the Center for Environmental Health. Purses made from plastic and vinyl are most likely to contain lead and should be avoided.

Tory Burch and Nine West are among the companies that have made statements claiming they are appalled that some of their products contain high levels of lead and will do whatever it takes to remove these products from retailers. Tory Burch has assured their customers that this is a top priority for their organization, and Nine West has released a statement ensuring its customers that they have taken immediate action to pull lead contaminated products from stores. However, Guess, House of Harlow, headed by Nicole Richie, and Charlotte Russe have failed to comment on their lead contaminated handbags.

By signing this petition you are ensuring that consumers are safe from lead contamination by demanding handbag manufacturers and retailers of handbags maintain lead-free products.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Tory Burch, Guess, House ofHarlow, and Charlotte Russe,

Many of your handbags were found to contain high levels of lead, which is toxic to the human body. In a recent investigation, the Center for Environmental Health found lead in one out of four retailers, with your brands being among the most frequently implicated for lead contamination. Lead was found in the sides for 43 out of 300 handbags tested, indicating that millions of Americans may have been exposed to a toxic substance.

Lead can transfer from handbags to the human body. Women who carry lead contaminated handbags are at risk for contamination, as are their children or anyone else they are in contact with. Lead is extremely toxic and should not be in any products in contact with the human body. Handbags from Tory Burch were found to have 200 times the amount of lead deemed safe by the Center for Environmental Health.

Tory Burch and Nine West are among the companies that have made statements claiming they are appalled that some of their products contain high levels of lead and will do whatever it takes to remove these products from retailers. However, Guess, House of Harlow, headed by Nicole Richie, and Charlotte Russe have failed to comment on their lead contaminated handbags.

Please put the safety of your clientele first and ensure that your handbags, purchased by millions across the nation, are lead free.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Walter via Wikimedia Commons.

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