Can Global Recycling Lead to Flashy Lead Poisoning?

Who says cheap mall jewelry is a bargain? After all, if you believe this story in the Wall Street Journal (subscription required) then that sixty five dollar pair of gold earrings may not be such a bargain after all it comes with the potential of lead poisoning. But the more interesting story here is how "high levels of toxic lead turning up in cheap jewelry" are coming from a rather unique source: "computers and other electronic goods discarded in Western countries and dumped in China." According to one source in China, lead alloy used to make jewelry is coming from so-called "e-waste that arrives by ship in southern China from the U.S. and other developed countries ... I've seen the containers come in ... Each one has about 60 tons of parts removed from machines and appliances." Personally, I'd rather see the lead end-up in the jewelry of flashy mall rats rather than in the drinking supply, flowing out of landfills either here or abroad. After all, what better a lesson to slow our massive consumerism which has been almost entirely fueled by cheap goods and price deflation from low cost imports. Hat-tip: Tony Poshek

Jason Busch

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