Environmental group wants ban on spray paint sold online

Environmental group wants ban on spray paint sold online

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The EcoWaste Coalition on Friday appealed to dealers of aerosol or spray paint from Mindanao not to sell products containing violative levels of lead through online shopping platforms.

The environmental group said spray paint being sold online that were traced back to Davao City were allegedly found to be highly toxic, prompting them to call for a ban on these products.

EcoWaste Coalition disclosed three of the 13 spray paint found to contain dangerously high concentrations of lead, a chemical banned in the manufacture of paint, were procured from an online dealer who shipped the items from Davao.

“We appeal to online, as well as offline, sellers of lead-containing spray paint to discontinue the unlawful sale of such products that goes against the government’s policy of eliminating lead paints,” Thony Dizon, EcoWaste Coalition chemical safety campaigner, said in a statement.

Dizon also appealed to online shopping sites to take down the advertisements for non-compliant paint to protect consumers from ordering items that could later pose a risk of lead exposure.

The group said three variants of F1 Aerosol Paint from the dealer were among those found by the coalition with excessively high lead content.

A leaf green F1 spray paint has 56,100 parts per million (ppm) lead, a medium yellow F1 has 50,800 ppm lead, and an orange-yellow F1 has 11,500 ppm lead.

The manufacturer and country of manufacture of the products are not written on the label.

The group earlier announced its discovery of more non-compliant paint with lead content ranging from 4,500 ppm to 56,100 ppm, which are way above the total lead content limit of 90 ppm under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Administrative Order 2013-24, or the Chemical Control Order for Lead and Lead Compounds.

Dr. Geminn Louis Apostol, an environmental health scientist, explained that “lead paint chips and dust are formed when a surface covered with lead paint ages, peels, and breaks.”

Apostol warned that children are exposed to lead when they eat such paint chips or swallow or breathe in lead dust, which can affect their developing brains and cause reduced intelligence, learning ability, and attention span, as well as increased risk of behavioral problems, such as aggressiveness, bullying, and violence.

The EcoWaste Coalition has so far discovered 50 leaded aerosol paint being sold by online and offline retailers in violation of the country’s lead paint regulation.

None of the non-compliant spray paint found by the group was produced by companies belonging to the Philippine Association of Paint Manufacturers. (PNA)

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