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Lead Free Glassware Brands

When outfitting your kitchen, you may have a lot of questions, such as: Does glass have lead in it?  Does borosilicate glass have lead?  What is the best glass cookware?  These are all very good questions.  Let’s answer them and go over the best lead free glassware brands including glass dinnerware, safest drinking glasses, and glass cookware.

Before we dive into these questions, let me start by saying that with a few exceptions, glass is the safest material for items that come in contact with food.  Unlike ceramics and clay, glass normally does not leach lead, cadmium, and other heavy metals.  Unlike plastic, it does not leach hormone-disrupting chemicals.  So, I want to praise you for looking into using glass food storage, glass cookware, and glass tableware for your kitchen.  With this said, let’s discuss common types of glass so you can make the best decisions for your kitchen and health.

Lead Free Glassware Brands. A photo of a glass mug with slices of lime in it and strawberries around it.

Types of glass for glass dinnerware

It is important to know that there are two common types of glass material – soda lime and borosilicate glass.

Soda lime

Soda lime glass is more common than borosilicate, especially in the US.  For example, popular Pyrex glass storage containers and glass baking dishes are made from soda lime glass.  World Kitchen acquired Pyrex in 1998.  And that is when World Kitchen started making Pyrex lead free glassware from soda lime, not borosilicate.  A lot of glass dinnerware options are made from soda lime glass as well.

I called and emailed World Kitchen.  Unfortunately, they do not disclose the materials from which their soda lime glass is made.  They recommended searching on the Internet, which I did, and my blog came up (which I found extremely illuminating (just kidding, kind of)).

According to Wikipedia, “soda-lime glass is prepared by melting the raw materials, such as sodium carbonate (soda), lime, dolomite, silicon dioxide (silica), aluminium oxide (alumina), and small quantities of fining agents (e.g., sodium sulfate, sodium chloride) in a glass furnace at temperatures locally up to 1675 °C.”  This article tells us that soda lime glass is made of 70% silica, soda, lime, and small amounts of other compounds.

Borosilicate glass

As for borosilicate glass, Wikipedia describes its composition as follows (as a percentage of weight): 4.0% boron, 54.0% oxygen, 2.8% sodium, 1.1% aluminum, 37.7% silicon, and 0.3% potassium.  This article informs us that borosilicate glass is made of at least 5% boric oxide, which makes it more heat resistant.  We can see from the list of ingredients that borosilicate glassware should be lead free glassware.

Before 1998, Corning produced Pyrex from borosilicate glass.  They still use this type of glass in European Pyrex, called Pyroflam, which is more heat resistant. However, if you drop it, it shatters into tiny particles instead of breaking into pieces.  That can make glass dinnerware dangerous; so, you should follow the manufacturer’s maintenance instructions to prevent that from happening.

Does glass dinnerware leach any heavy metals?

Aluminum in lead free glassware

As you have noticed, both types of glass contain small amounts of aluminum.  I do not have the exact information on how much aluminum leaches into food.  However, I found two studies here and here that pointed to the fact that trace amounts of aluminum can leach into the contents.  But only trace amounts that may matter for very precise lab tests.  And the trace amounts leach when the glass comes in prolonged contact with certain substances.  These substances may be ethylene-diaminetetraacetic acid, nitrilotriacetic acid, citrate, oxalate and fluoride ions.  I do not think we handle these substances in our kitchens.

I wish I could hear from the makers of Pyrex themselves about the composition of Pyrex glass and what may be leaching.

In the meantime, I am not very concerned about the possibility of aluminum leaching in lead free glassware.  I have a feeling if there is any leaching, the amounts should be insignificant.  Unlike lead, which has no safe amounts, our bodies can tolerate bigger amounts of aluminum before it becomes toxic.  I have had challenge heavy metal tests done twice.  My body does not store any significant amount of aluminum.  And we use Pyrex glass dinnerware all the time.

In addition, I have not seen any independent tests that would raise any alarms for aluminum leaching from glass cookware or any other glass items.

Lead in glass dinnerware: Is Pyrex glass lead free?

On the other hand, I had elevated amounts of lead stored in my body over the years, so I am very concerned about exposure to materials containing lead.  Let’s talk about lead.

As we saw earlier, lead is not part of glass composition.  In addition, independent tests have shown that neither soda lime nor borosilicate glass have lead or cadmium in them. 

For example, Tamara Rubin of Lead Safe Mama tests household items including glass dinnerware with an XRF instrument.  This way she determines the total amount of lead and other heavy metals.  Please note that she tests for total amounts, not leachable amounts.  In other words, even if she finds lead, cadmium, and other heavy metals, we do not know how much will leach into our food or liquids.  By the way, heavy metals leach more with prolonged contact, and if the food or liquid is acidic. 

Tamara Rubin recommends a variety of lead-free glassware brands and glass dinnerware made in the US or China.  Unlike ceramic, the country of manufacture is not important in terms of heavy metal contamination.  What she does not recommend is leaded crystal glass.

Leaded crystal glass

The only type of glass that is made with lead is leaded crystal.  Lead replaces calcium in leaded crystal glass and imparts the crystal effect.

For example, leaded crystal is used to make wine decanters.  This study found that storing wine in them for one day would pose a hazard.  I would not store wine in them at all, even for an hour.  We should take into consideration the fact that lead accumulates in the body.  Besides, since there are so many ways of exposure to lead that we can’t control, why not eliminate those that we can control?

If you live in California, leaded crystal glass should have a California Proposition 65 warning label on it.  Pay attention to that.  If you already own crystal glass, use it only on special occasions and drink fast.

In conclusion, I don’t think we can call crystal glass lead-free glassware or lead-free glass dinnerware.

Lead in colored or painted glass cookware

This is another kind of glass that from time to time causes some concerns.  Colored glass or glass with something painted on it may contain lead or cadmium.  For example, Tamara Rubin, the founder of Lead Safe Mama, tested Pyrex measuring cups and found elevated levels of lead in the painted red markings on the outside.

Tamara also tested newer blue Ball mason jars and found some small levels of lead in them.  However, she found that Ball is the most consistently lead-free glassware brand.  Thus, it is best to use clear plain glass without any painted features, and I recommend the Ball brand.  We use a lot of Ball jars at home.  And yes, Ball jars are microwavable and dishwasher safe.

Lead free glass dinnerware brands

Corelle glass dinnerware

Corelle plates and bowls are made in the USA with Vitrelle® glass.  Vitrelle® glass is a type of tempered glass, which has three layers of glass.  This construction makes glass very durable, chip and break-resistant.

On the other hand, watch out for Corelle brand ceramic mugs.  The material for mugs is not glass – it’s stoneware.  On top of that, China is the manufacturing location for the Corelle mugs.

While World Kitchen assured me that they test all their products for heavy metals and comply with California’s Prop. 65 limits, they would not show me any proof of that.  This is where Tamara Rubin’s research comes in very handy.  She tested Corelle plates, bowls, and mugs and found some lead in the mugs.  Thus, I recommend getting a Corelle set without mugs.

I also recommend my clients to go for plain and clear glass without painted decorations which may contain lead or cadmium.  Unfortunately, at this point, the dinnerware industry is not very transparent, so it is up to us to choose lead free glassware.

Duralex glass dinnerware

Duralex is a French brand that produces tableware and kitchenware from tempered glass.  In this technique, the molded glass is heated to 1112 degrees Fahrenheit and then cooled very quickly.  This process gives it an impact resistance twice superior to normal glass.  My recommendations are Duralex glass bowls, dinner plates, and dessert plates.   

Safest drinking glasses and glass food storage

Ball mason jars

We have been using Ball mason jars both as drinking glasses (some restaurants do, too) and as storage containers for years now.  As I’ve stated above, Tamara Rubin of Lead Safe America tested mason jars and found that the Ball brand mason jars were consistently the least likely to contain lead.  Avoid colored ones as they tested positive for lead.

We use these Ball Half Pint Jars and Ball Pint-sized Mason Jars as drinking glasses and glass food storage.  Make sure you wash and wipe the lids to avoid rusting but do not put them in the dishwasher.  And do not let food or liquid touch the lids as they may contain BPA or other bisphenol chemicals.

I store homemade tomato sauce and soup in these Ball jars.  They make good space saving glass food storage in a freezer.

Anchor Hocking lead free glass mugs

We also own and love these glass mugs as part of our lead free glassware collection.  Like Pyrex, they are made in the US by another reputable glass company.

Duralex lead free glass drinking glasses

Duralex glasses are our favorites as well.  Made in France, they are sturdy, yet they have a chic look.  You can find them in my Shop.

There are other safest drinking glasses, mugs, glass dinnerware, Pyrex glass food storage, and many other non-toxic products that you can find in my Shop.

Glass cookware

Visions glass cookware

Corning manufactures Visions cookware from glass ceramic.  While the cookware is made in France, the lids are made in China.  The ceramic component of the glass enables it to withstand extreme temperatures even on a stovetop.

Tamara Rubin has tested Visions cookware for lead and cadmium with XRF technology.  Once in a while, she finds some small amounts of lead and other heavy metals in some pieces.  She can’t determine which year and models are more at risk of contamination.  She does not feel comfortable using Visions cookware by Corning.  Thus, I can’t include it with confidence in a lead free glassware category.

We do not use Visions, but if you are interested in trying this cookware, you can find it on Amazon here and here.  Please share your experience in the comments. 

Conclusion about lead free glassware

To sum up, I believe plain glass with no color or paintings on it is one of the safest options for glass dinnerware and glass cookware.  I hope this clarifies your options and makes your life a little easier.  And please remember to check out my Shop where I have curated kitchen products (and many others) based on many years of independent research and experience as well as tests by independent researchers.  In addition, in my Safe Cookware guide, you can learn what cookware I use and how I classified it into worst, bad, better, and best categories.

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80 thoughts on “Lead Free Glassware Brands”

  1. I think they’re supposed to be pics, but there are no pics in the whole article except for the first one with the mason jars.

    1. Hmm… I asked my husband to open it on his computer at work and he can see the pictures. I can also see them on my iphone. Have you tried refreshing the page? Thank you for bringing this to my attention though. ~Irina

  2. Nope, even closed and reopened. A grey square sometimes appears, then a sad face inside the square, then gone! I use Google Chrome, so if you hear from someone else you might ask about that. Weird.

    1. Tess, the reason you are experiencing this issue is that you might have AdBlocker installed in your browser or you may not be using the most updated version of your favorite browser. Your hosting service can be creating the issue. In any event, above every picture, I added a hyperlink you can click on to take you to Amazon. ~Irina

  3. Glass drinking straws would be another good item to add to your list of recommendations in this post. I just purchased a set today, prior to reading this post, made by a company called Hummingbird glass straws that are supposedly made in the US. There was also another company called Dharma but they are quite expensive.

  4. We use borosilicate glass containers, glass,cups,tea pot, cooking pot, casserole, all we can find! (Simax is the best/europe) because my thinking is that if the labs use them must be because they are resistant to all! :)… is it true that Pyrex change the Boron ingredient for soda lime because is cheap?… I broke a borosilicate glass and like you say it shatters into tiny particles instead of breaking into pieces, and didn’t cut my self because the pieces are not sharp, ease to take it with vacuum…
    Thank you Irina !!!

    1. Hi, Rocio: it is hard to say why Purex switched from borosilicate glass to soda lime. We can only take our guesses. Thank you for sharing, Rocio! ~Irina

      1. Having worked in the lighting industry, I know that safety lenses made from borosilicate glass cost about 5x what a soda lime lens costs. So it’s all about the money. Also, soda lime keeps a slightly green tint to it that made it less useful when doing a quality lighting installation.

  5. I am just loving all your recommendations Irina! Been adding almost everything to my Amazon wish list. I am looking into the Anchor Hocking glass food storage containers and I just wanted to find out what your opinion is on them, as I know you use the Pyrex ones? Curious to know what you think…

    Here is a link: https://www.amazon.com/Anchor-Hocking-TrueSeal-Containers-Airtight/dp/B01BNFLVGW/ref=sr_1_13?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1504598574&sr=1-13&keywords=anchor+hocking+glass+storage+containers

    1. Hi, Daniel: Thank you for your question. I have not heard about Tierra Negr until now. 🙂 Clay or ceramics can be contaminated with lead and cadmium so until they test and show us their test reports I am not sceptical about their safety. Do you want to ask them? The company that has shown their test reports is Xtrema, also goes in the oven or on the stovetop. We own a couple pieces. You can read more about it here: https://ireadlabelsforyou.com/xtrema-ceramic-cookware-review/. Let me know what you think. ~Irina

  6. Hi Irina, glad I found you. Would the Anchor Hocking mug recommendation and research be the same for all AH mug/glass styles? I imagine it would, but just want to be sure. I see some of their other glassware I prefer the look of. I’ll be sure to use your link.
    Thank You,
    Susan

  7. Hi Irina, thank you for great research. What do you think about Luminarc glass. Suposedly their new collectiona are lead and cadmium free?
    Thank you,

    Marijana

      1. I have the same question. I just bought a set of Luminarc dishes (“Santa Fe” pattern), and they are made in the UAE. Luminarc is part of the Arc International group, which is headquartered in France. I found on their website that “The Group has production sites in China, Russia, the United Arab Emirates and the United States…. its five brands (Luminarc, Arcoroc, Chef&Sommelier, Arcopal and Cristal d’Arques Paris) …” If Luminarc mugs manufactured in the USA are lead-free (per Tamara Rubin’s test and the product description on Amazon), can I assume that those made in the UAE are also lead-free?

        1. Hi, Christine: not necessarily, unfortunately.. Heavy metals are contaminants that come from the background levels of a country they are made in. Could you send me a link to Tamara Rubin test? Thank you! ~Irina

      2. What also gave me pause about the Luminarc plates was that Tamara Rubin tested a clear glass Arcoroc plate that was positive for lead. This may have been a vintage plate, though. In the picture she posted, “Arcoroc France” is embossed on the bottom of the plate. The new plates I bought have nothing on the bottom except a small 2-digit numeral.
        http://tamararubin.com/2017/01/arcoroc/

    1. Irina, this blog post by Tamara Rubin included Amazon links to several mugs she has personally tested. One of those was a Luminarc mug; the Amazon product description says “lead free” and “Made in USA.”
      http://tamararubin.com/2016/12/mugs/

      However, the Luminarc dishes I just bought say “Made in UAE” and do not say “lead free.”
      https://www.amazon.com/Arc-International-Santa-Dessert-7-5-Inch/dp/B00KMT2J6W/ref=sr_1_3?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1513634713&sr=1-3&keywords=arc+santa+fe

      I understand that Arc Intl (parent of Luminarc) manufactures in several countries, including France, China, Russia, UAE, and USA. I’m thinking now I might return the dishes I just bought and get some that have either been tested by somebody or at least that say “lead free.” Prob best to get USA too. Part of me thinks I’m being ridiculous and the ones are I got prob fine. But if I’m replacing my dishes specifically to get some without toxins, then I want to be sure about what I’m getting.

    1. Hi, Marijana and Christine:

      Generally glass is considered the safest material and not supposed to leach heavy metals, unless it is leaded crystal where lead is added internationally impart clarity. Ceramic has a concern over leaching lead or cadmium or other heavy metals. They are NOT internally added to but can be contaminants. To know if there are any contaminants for sure, it is good to ask for test reports and/or it helps when products are made in the countries where background levels of pollution are low. Know that some people hire me to do personalized research or if a lot of people ask me about the same brand, I will do research and discuss my findings in a blog post such as this one. Thank you for your questions! Happy Holidays! ~Irina

  8. The manufacturer of luminarc is i believe France where it is from, they claim to be free of all contaminants, but are they really?

  9. I contacted Luminarc’s customer servise few days ago, and was told that their new colections are free from lead and cadmium, and that these colections are marked clearly on boxes as 0% lead and cadmium. Unfortunatelly, new collections are not clearly marked in their online shop.

    It is unclear weather all of their old collections contain lead and cadmium, or is it just crystal glass.
    Their chef&sommelier collections are made from Maxima porcelain. Does anyone know what that is and are porcelain dishes considered safe? (since it is fired on very high temperatires)

    And as far as I know they are made in France. Or at least their products selling in European shops are.

    1. Hi, Merijana: keep in mind that when customer services reps or website descriptions say that their products contain 0% lead or 100% lead-free, they often mean that lead is not added internationally. It is best to ask if the products were tested for heavy metal contamination, and if they can show their test reports. Porcelain and ceramic are often used interchangeably. Yes, high temperatures take of most lead but trace amounts may remain. Thank you for doing this research. Please keep in touch. ~Irina

  10. Hi Irina, thank you for the information. I will try asking them about testing, too.
    Today I received email from customer service abot Maxima porcelain – it contains alumina.

    1. Hi, Francis, I have to make a correction. Tamara Rubin tested some Libbey plates with XRF and found them consistently lead-safe. So there is no guarantee with the other Libbey pieces. Again, generally, clear glass made in the US or Europe, not from recycled glass, is a safer option. But you never know until you test it yourself or somebody you trust, unfortunately. ~Irina

      1. Thank you very much Irina! That’s really helpful! About Ball Mason jars, I’m really worried after finding their lids are made with plastisol rings. Plastisol is PVC-based and may contain phthalates. What do you think about this?

  11. Hello. I recently purchased transparent amber colored Pyrex (Made in France) cookware. It is extremely durable. To my knowledge it is made from the more vintage borosilicate glass. Borosilicate glass when researched does not contain any lead. Does the amber color suggest that lead may have been used in this product since it is not a clear glass? There is not much research or test results on this product. I would appreciate your thoughts.

    1. Hi, Zeke: I don’t think that lead was used to create the amber color. In fact, lead is known to be used to create clarity in a crystal glass. But again, we would not know for sure until we test for heavy metals ourselves or see a test report from an independent lab. Thank you for asking. ~Irina

      1. I have been purchasing the Pyrex vision pots and pans trying to avoid chemicals and heavy metals and now that I found this post I am very worried. I’ve bought them used so I have no idea how old they are. Is there a way to test the glass at home?

        1. Erica, there is absolutely nothing wrong with Visions cookware, whether its vintage or new. It’s all non-toxic and very safe. Lead was never used in its manufacture and it doesn’t contain nickel either, despite the misinformation posted elsewhere.

          As a side note; it’s “Corning Visions”. Pyrex is a separate brand just made of ordinary baking glass.

        2. Hi, Erica: John is right we are talking about two different brands here. If you are concerned about Vision, you can test yourself for heavy metals. I believe any doctor can prescribe that test. Let me know if you want to talk more about that. ~Irina

  12. The mason jars I have come from the almond butter I eat. Because it was sold with food, is it safe to say that it will be lead free? I have blue glass “crisa” cups from Walmart back in the day, and an eight piece purple set of glass cups. Also blue glass plates from Walmart. Not sure what to think of those. Should I get rid of them? I have 2 Lennix tea cups and some coffee mugs from school. Just ordered a Hiware 1000ml glass teapot, and thought it was lead free but now I don’t know. I could really use some guidance, and unfortunately my husband doesn’t care. He says YOLO (you only live once). Please help, thank you!

  13. I emailed duralex this week and according to them the composition of their glassware is as follows:

    Silicon dioxide 69-74%
    Aluminum oxide 1-2%
    Sodium oxide + potassium oxide 11-16%
    Calcium oxide + magnesium oxide 10.5-14.5%

    Thought I’d pass it along. 😉

  14. Caesare A Engstrom

    Curious…you tested one type of “plate” for a certain brand…Duralex as listed above…will their other glass products be assumed safe and lead free too? Their glasses or bowls or other plates?

    1. Hi, Caesare, I did not test anything myself. It is Tamara Rubin who did. Please refer to her website for more information. You are right if we test one type of products, it is unclear if we can make assumptions about the whole brand. Normally, clear glass is not known to contain lead. ~Irina

  15. Hello!
    
I saw a few mentions of Visions.
    It’s just about all I use myself and even have a group on Facebook devoted to it.

I was reading your page and wanted to note a few items to allay some concern.

    Visions cookware is not, and has never been, made with borosilicate or soda lime glass. Visions is made of a transparent Pyroceram material (called “Calexium” in some regions). It’s a proprietary glass melt that is heated to the point that it crystallizes, creating a beta-quartz based glass-ceramic product.
    

The accounts of “exploding” glass bakeware generally stem from people mistaking brown and cranberry Pyrex for Visions and then Visions getting the blame. While damaged pieces of Visions should not be used, Visions is not susceptible to thermal shock the way regular glass bakeware is and that’s why it has always had a 10 year warranty against breakage due to extreme temperatures.

    As far as new vs old. They are ALL made of the same material. Visions began production in the late ‘70s in France and has never contained lead or nickel as an element of its creation. I myself, in fact, prefer cooking in some of the earliest pieces because they are a heavier weight with thicker walls and handles on the saucepans, for example. There was a brief period (approx 1989-1995) where some lines were made with a SIlverStone (Teflon-like coating) but those are the exception. Beyond that there is NO harm in using vintage pieces providing they do not have visible damage.

    They are non-porous, will not stain, and are incredibly resistant to acidic substances.



    1. Thank you for sharing this info with us, John!
      However, I’ve learned that there is 0.9% Diarsenic Trioxide (As2O3) in Calexium composition, so I wondered whether Visions cookware was really safe.

      1. Hi Francis.

        There was Diarsenic Trioxide used in the manufacturer of Pyroceram glass-ceramic products, mostly commonly vintage Corning Ware (it’s not unique to Visions). It was used to remove oxygen (air bubbles) from the precursor glass melt prior to molding of the cooking vessels. HOWEVER, it burns off during the process plus it goes through additional extreme temperatures to convert the glass into it’s final beta-quartz (Visions) or beta-spudomene (Corning Ware) form. A pollutant concern in regard to the factory at the time of production, I’m quite sure, but is not something that is waiting to leach out of the retail product. Corning Ware has been made since 1958 and it has never been an issue. 🙂

        John

    2. Hi John T. What is your Facebook group info ? I would like to connect and have some questions about visionware.
      Thanks, Adrian M.

  16. Please can you explain the last sentence here? I don’t understand what you meant by software. Thanks.

    ” Also, one of my blog readers shared her experience with nickel poisoning that she believed came from Visions cookware. They had used a vintage version. I am not saying that the software caused nickel poisoning. I am just passing along the comment without adding to it.”

  17. I have two older Pyrex Simply Store 4-Cup Round Glass Food Storage Dish and recently bought two more of the same ones. The round glass edges of the new ones have light greenish color, but that of the older ones don’t. I am not sure if this light greenish colored edges contain any harmful chemicals. What is your thought on this?

    1. It is hard to say until you test it. It would depend on the intensity of the color, I think. In the article, I mentioned that Tamara Rubin found lead in blue colored Mason jars… ~Irina

    1. Hi! I think that glass is better than plastic when we resort to using bottled water (I recommend filtered water instead). Mountain Valley says that their glass bottles have passed testing by the California Toxics in Packaging Prevention Act., which is testing specifically for heavy metals, lead, mercury, cadmium, and hexavalent chromium etc. What do you think? ~Irina

      1. Thank you Irina! I have a Culligan water filter on my faucet, but I live in an apartment, so I can’t get a whole house filter. I feel I have to resort to a glass water bottle. I emailed Mountain Valley, they said the bottles are made from soda lime so I worry about the aluminum/lead but overall it seems that is the best choice out there per my options. Thank you again!

  18. You don’t explain how Corelle gets their plain Vitrellr glass dishes white. I noticed that it doesn’t say lead free anywhere they are marketed or on your website here. Is plain white Corelle lead and cadium free? I’d like to know how they make their glass white without adding anything dangerous? Thanks

  19. Hello Irina,
    I came up on your blog while looking for info on Indiana Glass. I bought a large covered jar still in its box, labeled Crystal Glass. I don’t know the year it was produced but read someplace that the company was out of business. Since it says ‘crystal glass’ but not ‘leaded’, what do you think of it, safety-wise? Thank you.

      1. Hi Irina,

        I just came across your website today! I was in search of safe pantry options and was absolutely HORRIFIED after beginning my google search. Everything seems bad! I have a few questions… I saw anchor hocking seems to be a reputable brand, do you know about their storage jars?

        Also, do you happen to know if BPA free cereal containers such as OXO are safe? If I’m not heating them up and only using them for dry food storage, is there potential of leakage? Or should I stick to glass for cereal too? I’m doing glass for pasta and grains. But it’s harder to find large glass containers that work for cereal.

        Lastly, I have some new ceramic dinnerware that we got as a wedding gift from bed bath and beyond, as well as smoked glass drinking glasses (we use for regular drinking) my ceramic dishes are decorated, but i don’t “feel” the paint ridges like I can on some other decorative plates. They feel smooth, can these possibly contain lead??

        I apologize for the abundance of questions in advance! After days of online research, this is one of the first places I’ve gotten SPECIFIC answers, rather than just general information.

        Thank you in advance and for all that you do!!

        Erica

        1. Hi, Erica:

          The good news is that you do not have to feel bad about asking too many questions. You are right, I do not have a customer service department to answer all the questions. However, I can provide private consultations and membership service where you can submit unlimited product review requests. Please let me know if you are interested in learning more about my paid services. Thank you. ~Irina

  20. Hi Irina,
    First off, thank you for the work you do on determining what’s safe to use; it is much appreciated.
    I bought the jar at a thrift store recently in its original box. There is no CA Prop 65 warning anywhere. What year did those warnings start? Relatively recently, no? I recall noticing them in the last, say, 15 years, but maybe not before. They are certainly common on many consumer goods and materials for arts, crafts and so on.
    –Deborah

    1. Hi, Deborah: I believe it started in the late 80s. Personally, I wouldn’t use this product – too risky. Or if you want to use it, take a blood test to see if your lead level is elevated. Let me know if you want to talk more. I provide consultations. ~Irina

    1. Often companies add the Prop. 65 warning to every page on their website just in case. I advise contacting and asking what triggered the Prop. 65 warning on the website. Please let us know what you find out. Thanks. ~Irina

  21. Do you know if blue cobalt blue glass is safe? It’s become very popular for soap pumps and spray bottles. Blocks uv light. Is it different from other colored jars? Thank you love the blog 🙂

  22. Hi everyone!

    Does anyone have information about the Ruby red arcoroc pressed glass dinnerware and lead? How about luminarc ruby red tumblers? I’ve done the light test and the hitting with a metal knife test, but nothing. I also bought a few lead strips to test. The only thing I found online was that this company produced leaded crystal and then pressed glass and they were not the same.

    I still scratch my head because there should have been a HUGE quantity of people, especially the rich, dropping like flies using dinnerware and crystal glasses for drinks!!! Yet, people from earlier generations were healthier then than today! Just weird.

    So if anyone knows of testing that I can do (cannot afford the scanner!) or knows of someone else who has already done it on these particular “pressed” glass beauties, please let me know. I have a beautiful 40 piece set and 6 extra luminarc tumblers that are just gorgeous! I’m truly hoping that these are fine so long as they are not crystal. Thanks so much

  23. I want to purchase a full set of Visions cranberry cookware (but none with the non-stick bottom). Do you know if this colored version is safe? (And if not, what about the amber colored?) Also, someone mentioned a scanner to test with. Do you have the information on the name/model of the scanner, as I would love to test everything in my kitchen.
    Thank you so much for the fantastic article and all the work you are sharing to help the rest of us!

      1. It was in a comment from Virginia on Sept 8, 2019 at 5:40pm:

        “So if anyone knows of testing that I can do (cannot afford the scanner!) or knows of someone else who has already done it on these particular “pressed” glass beauties, please let me know. I have a beautiful 40 piece set and 6 extra luminarc tumblers that are just gorgeous! I’m truly hoping that these are fine so long as they are not crystal. Thanks so much”

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