Dinnerware that is free of lead and cadmium

 
May 7, 2012 10:55 AM

My husband and I are replacing our everyday dinnerware. I've been reading about lead and cadmium in dinnerware that is painted and/or glazed. Lead and cadmium are the heavy metals that were tested the highest in my blood. 

 

I read that stoneware and porcelain that is stated as "lead and cadmium-free" -- even the ones that are all white, still have traces of the metals in them. The article suggested glassware and gave a particular brand to buy. The glassware is tempered glass. I've learned that glass that is tempered will be less likely to break because it's been laminated with plastic. OK... is the plastic alright. 

 

I am getting a bit lost with all of this new information and wondered if there is someone who can help me sift through this and help us decide on the most healthy dinnerware.

 

Also, I know that stainless steel silverware -- well -- is metal. What are the best utensils to buy for your health -- or is this a whole other discussion?

 

Thanks!

 
 
 
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May 7, 2012 2:22 PM

Brutal isn't it? I'm impressed that you are among the ranks of those who care and who think and ask questions before buying. Wonderful!!!!

 

This is indeed a complex area. I found one review online that showed tests of lead and cadmium in common house ware brand items but this was an older source. When I came through the investigation I was leaning towards Fiesta, made in USA and a recycled glassware company that makes gorgeous products. I cannot remember the name of the company but you could likely pull it up with some web searching. Fiesta still uses glazes and these have an environmental impact.

 

Tempered glass is much easier to handle and I use tempered glass all the time.  There is a type of glass product that has plastic mixed in and I have not found any information about leach testing. I lean towards tempered/toughened glass.   

 

Tarilee

 
 
 
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May 9, 2012 8:49 AM

Tarilee,

 

Yes, it is brutal. I truly can't believe where this is all taking me!

 

Your post is VERY reassuring. From my lengthy research I actually came up with the same conclusion on Monday! Tempered glass. Then, I wondered about the tempering process. Some places say it is a plastic coating and others say it is just more heat applied to the glass. I think it is more than likely a higher temperaturing process. So, I found an affordable tempered glass made in France but distributed here in the U.S. It's Duralex. The most wonderful thing is that I found out Amazon.com carries it and it qualifies for their Super Savers which is free shipping if you buy over $25. It's easy to make this when ordering the sets. My poor husband. He was looking forward to stoneware so we are ordering just a set at a time to see what it looks like and how it feels to him. Of course, our health comes first but I didn't want to spring too much on him at once!

 

Today, I found some natural flatware. I haven't discussed this with my husband yet but it's the first time I've seen anything like this. It's called TrueFlavorWare Non-metallic flatware. It's made of a composite base of the same thing as bamboo -- the same thing that real chop sticks are made of. It's suppose to make the food taste better. It's not cheap but then it's also not over the top. I think if we would buy a couple of sets a month we would have enough in four to six months budgeting. We would probably start with just a couple of sets to see if we like it.

 

I am much more at peace with all of this -- finally -- and the fact that your advice matches what I've discovered is VERY reasurring!

 
 
 
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May 9, 2012 5:53 PM

Tarilee,

 

I do have another question. One of the 9 inch dinner plates came in today. The old stoneware dinner plates measure 9.75 inches. He is used to this larger size (it also just "looks" larger) and feels the 9 inch dinner plates are more like salad plates. Do you use tempered glass for dinner plates and if you do... what brand and what size? Thanks!

 
 
 
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May 10, 2012 10:43 AM

You can always ask the manufacturer about their process and what their glass is called. Off the top of my head I forget the name of the glass that has plastic in it but you'll find most of the glass teapots that are stove ready are made of that glass.

 

Composite products always have glue and there are no glues I know of,  (that are in production anyway), that are truly ecological and truly safe for consumers, production staff and the Earth.

 

I don't have tempered plates. Sorry.

 

Tarilee 

 
 
 
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May 14, 2012 1:53 PM

Tarilee,

 

I was wondering when they said "composite". I appreciate this

 

Does this mean the material they use for fillings in the teeth also have glue in them? The Dentist and his hygenist talk about the material for fillings these days being a "composite" that is more durable than the silver that used to be made.

 

I found another French company who makes 10 inch glass dinner plates -- La Rochere. They are also more expensive so we are still in decision and budgeting mode. This is quite the journey!

 
 
 
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May 14, 2012 2:27 PM

Again, you're asking good questions. I research dental materials rather extensively before agreeing to have them put in my mouth. 

 

I wish I could remember the name of the material I most recently used. I think it had diamond on the name... 

 

Some ceramic materials are as simple as magnesium and phosphate cement but it's important to do research into biological compatibility. I also used an interro practioner to have several materials tested on me before hand to see what my body response registered in advance. Everyone's chemistry is somewhat different.

 

Take care,

 

Tarilee 

 
 
 
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May 14, 2012 7:48 PM

Tarilee,

 

Thank you. I also forgot that porcelain can also be used which I think is a natural product but will have to make sure... but I see what you are saying about testing materials first. Good idea.

 

My husband looked at me very intently tonight with a similar message about body chemistry... he said, "You need to find out what foods work for you because each person's body has different needs and will respond differently."

 

The reason he said this was because I had cut out tahini which was helping me to maintain my weight and I couldn't remember why I eliminated it. I thought it was because I read somewhere that it could be harder to digest but I don't think it was giving me any problems as long as it was on a smaller scale.

 

I've gone through a phase of weight loss again and I need to actually gain some right now.

 
 
 
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May 17, 2012 11:29 AM

Tahini can be a very healthy food as long as you do not eat it with just starches. It's important to consume enough vegetables and other alkalizing, cooling foods to compensate for it's acidifying and heating properties.This combination will help you feel more vitalized during the day.

 

Take care,

 

Tarilee

 
 
 
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July 8, 2012 4:01 PM

Hi,  I'm just new to the forum and was researching how to deal with Candida when  I came accross the post from the lady concerned about her dinnerware and was interested in the toxic substances in commercial dinnerware which does not surprise me.   

 

I would like to suggest hand-made pottery made by local artisans.  Here in Canada( where I live)  toxic substances in either the clay and glazes are banned.  This may also be true in the USA or other countries but I can't be sure.  It would be easy to find out from a local potter in your area.    

 

We do know that there are toxins in hand made pottery from countries where high fired kilns are not available and the bright colors usually come from lead and other toxic substances so always best to ask the artist.

 

My husband and I have been potters for over thirty years and produce toxin free dinnerware and we are sure many other potters do the same.  Why not seek out a local potter and get your dinnerware hand made locally.   Win win for you, the artist,  and the local economy.

 

Good luck on your search.   

 
 
 
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July 9, 2012 12:48 PM

Lovely suggestion. Thanks Scottie. Always good to ask what's in the glazes, no matter where we are.

 

Tarilee

 
 
 
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July 11, 2012 9:24 PM

Thank you! I love to go to local art shows and talk with the artists. I will explore this option. I appreciate this!

 
 
 
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