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Reusable Bag Recall Inspires Other Retailers

Reusable Bag Recall Inspires Other Retailers

The news broke over a month ago: those eco-bags we’re being given by retailers may contain unacceptable levels of lead.

Now, Lululemon is the first retailer to take them back. And other retailers are following suit.

Starting just before Christmas, Lululemon began accepting returns of both the small and large Ambassador shopping bags, as well as the Iviva Athletica shopper bag at retail locations across Canada and the US. The sturdy bags are very popular for re-use and are commonly seen carrying lunches, groceries and more.

The company stopped handing the bags out December 18, citing concerns about the possibility of lead contamination. Only bags given out at stores in the last year are at issue, as they were made by a different bag manufacturer than older ones. The stores will provide you with a (presumably lead-free) replacement bag. You can see if your Lululemon bag is among those affected by the recall here.

Shortly afterwards, Sears Canada announced that they, too, were recalling certain shopping bags due to lead content. Unlike Lululemon, whose bags were given out free to customers with purchases, Sears bags were sold to customers for around $1 each.

Both Lululemon and Sears state that the bags pose no danger to consumers. However, the possible presence of lead in the bags means that extra precautions need to be taken during disposal, and thus with the recall, the retailers are ensuring proper disposal takes place.

Odds are we’ll hear more of these recalls in the New Year. In the meantime, if you have any of these bags, it’s best to stop using them if possible. A better option is always a washable fabric bag.

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10:10PM PST on Feb 25, 2013

Thanks

7:27PM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

Oh dear .... hopefully they solve this problem soon.... recall and redesign.

1:02AM PST on Feb 19, 2011

Nice blog ! I like your article and i will really read it again..It will be beneficial Specially for young graduates as well as for freshers.
For number one quality bag in which You will get quality as well as fashio.
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bag manufacturers

1:00AM PST on Feb 19, 2011

Nice blog ! I like your article and i will really read it again..It will be beneficial Specially for young graduates as well as for freshers.
For number one quality bag in which You will get quality as well as fashio.
regards:

bag manufacturers

12:59AM PST on Feb 19, 2011

Nice blog ! I like your article and i will really read it again..It will be beneficial Specially for young graduates as well as for freshers.
For number one quality bag in which You will get quality as well as fashio.
regards:

bag manufacturers

5:11PM PST on Jan 30, 2011

Why not just make your own shopping bags? Take an old sheet, skirt, jeans or a bath towel. Not hard to make if you have a sewing machine. Free and washable.

4:10PM PST on Jan 13, 2011

I kicked the plastic bag habit a while ago and I must tell you those cloth bags are one of the greatest inventions. I would not be seen without one now. Mine don't have lead got them a year or more ago.
I used to recycle the plastic bags all the time until I found out that oil (petroleum )is used in the manufacturing process. No more plastic bags for me.

3:54AM PST on Jan 12, 2011

it does surprise me that most of the reusable bags I have seen are made in China. Given that there are no restrictions (at least enforced ones) on how factories operate or what materials they use, how can these products be touted as environmentally friendly? A much better choice would be a true canvas bag, made somewhere that actually has proper environmental standards....
check your labels.

6:53AM PST on Jan 11, 2011

Why would lead end up in a bad in the first place?

12:00AM PST on Jan 7, 2011

Reuse, reduce, recycle. There are some stores that you can bring the plastic bags back to be recycled.

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