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The Nielsen Company—the people responsible for getting good TV shows canceled—just released a survey of coupon users. It turns out affluent consumers (those who make $70k or more annually) use coupons more frequently than the average U.S. household. Those who use coupons the least are from either low-income, one-member, male-only, African-American, or Hispanic households. For a full read, click here to visit The Consumerist.What are Match Ups?
A new report from the environmental nonprofit Center for Environmental Health (CEH) claims that inexpensive faux-leather bags sold at department stores and discount retailers have levels of lead 90 times higher than the federal limit for lead in paint.
THE DETAILS: Scientists for CEH purchased dozens of faux-leather handbags, purses, and wallets from 21 California outlets of national chain stores, including Kohl’s, Target, Macy’s, JC Penney, H&M, Wal-Mart, Aldo’s, Ross, Forever 21, New York & Co., Sears, and DSW. They tested the outer surfaces of the faux leather, which was most often made of PVC or vinyl, but in some cases was made from other materials such as polyurethane. Handbags with high lead levels were found at all but five of the retailers. The worst offenders were bags that were yellow or yellow-tinted, but lead was found in bags of every color tested. The highest level of lead the scientists found was in a purse that contained 54,000 parts per million (ppm) of lead, which is 90 times higher than the federal limit of lead in paint (600 ppm). CEH is currently initiating litigation against the retailers for violating California’s strict Proposition 65 law, which requires a warning label on any product that would expose consumers to over 0.5 micrograms (mcg) of lead in a day.
At the same time as this report was released, a new study published in the journal Environmental Health found that women between the ages of 65 and 87 with high blood lead levels (over 8 mcg per deciliter) were nearly 60 percent more likely to die during the 12-year study than women with lower levels. The most common cause of death was coronary heart disease. The high lead levels were probably accumulated over a lifetime of exposure, says lead author Nadia Khalil, MD, PhD, MPH, postdoctoral research associate at Wright State University in Ohio. When lead gets into the human body, says Dr. Khalil, “it stays for a long, long time.” Most women begin to accumulate lead in their skeletons during the teen and childbearing years (just about the time those colorful, trendy, inexpensive vinyl purses look particularly attractive). But as people age, their bones start to break down and release that stored lead into the bloodstream, where it may lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, and strokes.For health reasons, you may want to start purchasing pocketbooks made from natural products and stay away from vinyl. Go Leather! I guess I will just have to quit buying all those cute inexpensive pocketbooks and pay big bucks for that cute designer bag I have had my eyes on. After all, it is all in the interest of my health!
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