Beware of 'toxic' flip-flops, says EcoWaste

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 04 2012 07:09 PM | Updated as of May 05 2012 05:37 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Environmental watchdog EcoWaste Coalition has warned the public against purchasing brands of slippers or flip-flops that allegedly contain high amounts of lead.

According to EcoWaste Coalition project coordinator Anthony Dizon, 12 out of 23 flip-flops that were sampled tested high on lead and surpassed the allowable limit of 90 parts per million (ppm) total lead content.

Dizon said the 23 samples were collected from various stalls in Divisoria and several malls in Manila and Quezon City.

From the 12 samples that tested high on lead, 7 were fake products while the other 5 were originally-licensed.

EcoWaste said it has written requests to the store owners to pull out the brands of slippers with high levels of toxic material.

The group said lead is harmful to the health and may cause brain damage. -- Report from Robert Mano, dzMM