Parents will have to be more discerning in buying school supplies for their children in time for the opening of classes this June, according to an environment group which claimed to have found traces of lead in some of the materials.
The EcoWaste Coalition said lead was detected in tests on items sold in Divisoria and Quiapo in Manila; Monumento in Caloocan City; and Cubao in Quezon City.
Click here for some of the items which EcoWaste Coalition found to have lead content ranging from 201 to 87,000 parts per million (ppm), more than the allowable limit of 90 ppm.
Meanwhile, four samples of crayons tested negative for lead, but their packaging did not have a “non-toxic” label.
School starts in the elementary and high school levels on June 13.