One pendant was almost pure cadmium, a known carcinogen.
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) has released an important scientific report on the body burden of environmental chemicals in the adult First Nation population in Canada. The report, First Nations Biomonitoring Initiative, fills a significant gap in existing research. Certain chemical levels were found to be significantly higher in the First Nations populations.
Yesterday Health Canada proposed a guideline to limit cadmium in children's jewelry. In my opinion, it should be banned; after all that's what governments are supposed to do with harmful substances. So why then are trans fats not banned?
We're encouraged to consume more in order to reduce our impact. Buy green. Try this. Throw this out. Maybe you find it overwhelming, but just take a deep breath (of clean indoor air because I'm sure you've already rid your home of all toxic chemicals, right?) and don't write off living green.