You may have heard of the Stanley Tumbler, the trendy, modern water bottle that people camp out or fight outside of stores to get hold of.
They have become a fashion accessory, especially since the company that made the cups, Stanley 1913, has used influencer culture to target women and skyrocket sales of tumblers. The reach of the bottles has been extended by social media users.
But social media give and social media take. In recent weeks, several widely shared posts TIC Toc, Instagram, reddit And “The Leading.” Youtube users Have also jumped into the field. Watched a TikTok video on this topic about seven million times,
Some Stanley owners began hoping to investigate the claims. Use a home lead-testing kit, which experts say are not reliable. A Dispatch of the Stanley Cup incident On “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend – a sketch called “Big Dumb Cups” – even mentioned the lead in passing.
The main discussion has come to light on Facebook comment sectionIn a group with over 61,000 members, called “Stanley Cup Hunters + Drops” – for “passionate Stanley Cup fanatics”.
one person wrote, “If we want to decorate our lead cups with flowery straw covers and shiny boots and show them off, let us do it!! We know they have leadership, you told us. We don’t care!”
So you may be wondering: Do I have to throw my Stanley Cup in the fireplace? (No. In fact, don’t throw anything down your chimney.) We have some answers for those of you who really want to get with the times and drink water fashionably.
Do Stanley Cups contain lead?
yes, according to Company Website, It says its “vacuum insulation technology”, which keeps the cup’s contents at an ideal temperature, uses “an industry standard pill to seal the vacuum insulation at the base of our products”. The sealing material, it says, “contains some lead.”
Once the bottle is sealed, the area is covered with a layer of stainless steel, which the company says makes the lead “inaccessible to consumers,” Stanley said.
But is it dangerous?
No, almost certainly not.
Study leader Jack Karavanos, a professor of public health at New York University, tested three Stanley Cup models of different sizes on Monday using an X-ray fluorescence detector, which determines the elements of a material.
“There are a lot of places where lead could be on a cup like this,” Dr. Karavanos said. “It could be on the inside, outside, labels, decals. And, I did not find lead – surface lead on the surface – in any part of the cup.
“I’m a global exposure specialist,” he said. “I’ve done a lot of work across different products and countries. And the threat to human health is actually negligible because you wouldn’t actually put your mouth anywhere on that surface, and it’s not going to easily dissolve into anything that could get into you.,
But what about the area beneath the stainless steel?
To do this, Dr. Karavanos said he would have to dismantle the cup himself – no easy task by any means.
“I tried repeatedly to open the bottom lid with various tools and failed,” he said. “Maybe lead is being used to close the lid. In any case, it should further reassure the public that there is very little chance of lead material leaching from the cup and becoming available for ingestion.
Dr. Karavanos said home lead tests on the market today are not considered reliable – and none of those available today are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. However, on Tuesday morning, Dr. Karavanos tried to test a glass at home and still did not test positive.
So we’re all good, right?
Dr. Karavanos said the initial use of any type of lead in the cups reflected “poor thinking” on the company’s part.
,I am really disappointed and angry that a company like this uses a known toxic ingredient that is banned in many applications for one cup,” he said. “I mean, there certainly could have been an alternative.”
A representative from Stanley noted a clarification on the company’s website describing the use of lead in the cups. but in a Statement to NBC News“Our engineering and supply chain teams are making progress on innovative, alternative materials for use in the sealing process,” a representative said.
lead, which is regulated by the federal governmentStill prevalent in the United States, especially in paint, cookware, and water spread through lead pipes.
“There are many health effects associated with lead exposure, such as reproductive toxicity, heart disease,” said Maria Jose Talayero, a public health researcher at George Washington University. “And the thing I study most is the damage to the nervous system, which results in a variety of neurological effects.”
He continued, “But it is true that other cups and other manufacturers do not use lead, so why is it included in the first place?”