There is a current trend in the market regarding decorative glassware items. Many glass-based products like glass, mugs, bottles are decorated to provide an eye-catching look and different design. But the users need to be aware of these decorative items can pose danger to your health.
According to the latest study conducted by the researchers from the University of Plymouth, these decorative drinking glasses shows the presence of toxic lead metal. Along with lead, these items have also shown the presence of cadmium which is the toxic metal.
If an individual consumes water, beverage in such glass items than it can pose a potential risk to the health of an individual. Although these chemicals are present in small quantity, their prolonged exposure can prove to be hazardous. During the study, the researchers conducted 197 tests. These tests were conducted on 72 different new as well as old and second-hand glassware products.
Various items like wine glasses, jars, bottles were tested to check the presence of lead, cadmium or other toxic metals. Out of the total 197 items, 134 of them have shown the presence lead on the surface. Also, the lead concentration exceeded the safe lead consumption limit.
Lead, cadmium is the toxic chemicals and can give rise to dangerous health issues, Also the consumption of these toxic metals can give rise to birth defects. These metals have the negative impact on our environment too. It is really shocking to see the presence of these harmful chemicals in the day-to-day products.
The prompt actions should be taken to reduce the harmful impact of these toxic metals. The international glassware industry should take a note of this issue and should work towards it. The study related to this can be seen in the journal Science of the Total Environment.
These glass products were examined using the portable x-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometry to determine the presence of lead and other harmful compounds. After observations, it was seen that about 40 to 400,000 parts per million have shown the presence of the lead compound. Also, about 3000 parts per million have shown the presence of cadmium compound. It is expected that the glass industries present globally will soon work towards this issue.