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Footwear tests reveal high content of hazardous chemicals

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Dec '09
A report released last week, by the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC), revealed that two brands of locally made leather shoes contain hazardous chemicals. These shoes tested positive for hazardous chemicals when analyzed at Swedish laboratories Swerea IVF and Eurofin.

21 pairs of shoes, 11 from Sweden and two pairs each from South Africa, Uganda, Belarus, India, and the Philippines were analyzed for the possible content of hazardous metals and other carcinogenic substances.

Report showed that a Rusty Lopez dark brown leather shoe for men, one of the two pairs of shoes brought in by Philippine-based environmental group Ecological Waste (Eco-Waste) Coalition to Sweden for the chemical analysis, contained the highest amount of benzidine, a carcinogenic aromatic amine.

It contains 68 milligrams per kilogram of benzidine, double than the limit of 30 milligrams per kilogram of benzidine stipulated under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemical Substances (REACH) of the European Union.

Besides, among 21 tested pairs, this shoe for men ranked first in cadmium and nickel content, second in chromium, and third in arsenic and lead. Whereas the other shoe sample from the Philippines, Bandolino black boots for women ranked first in cobalt content, third in chromium, and fourth in arsenic and mercury.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India


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