Results at a Glance
This study target common school supplies, testing 25 samples of school supplies in addition to the 435 children’s products from Metro Manila, Metro Cebu and Davao, for toxic heavy metals. Lead was detected in 15 of the 25 samples (60%) with levels ranging from 96 parts per million (ppm) up to 14,100 ppm. The US threshold limit for lead is 90 ppm under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.
The top five samples that registered the highest lead contents include: 1) a yellow PVC Tweety raincoat (14,100 ppm of lead), 2) a light yellow PVC Tazmanian Devil raincoat (4,741 ppm), 3) a green Spiderman backpack with lunch bag (2,852 ppm), 4) a yellow Spongebob shoulder bag (2,478 ppm) and 5) a yellow Spongebob pencil case (1,561 ppm).