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Poisonous Mardi Gras Beads

Mardi Gras beads contain high levels of lead that far exceed all known safety standards – standards that are in themselves too low as experts admit there is no safe level of lead exposure. Children who touch Mardi Gras beads will have their hands coated with a fine dust of lead, even though it will not be visible to the naked eye. Beads that are thrown on the ground will poison the soil. This dirt is tracked into the home, spreading even more lead.  Pets that play in the dirt and with beads will also be exposed to higher amounts of lead. Lead can kill our pets. In children, Lead Poisoning causes lifelong problems such as brain damage, learning disabilities, aggressive behavior, and damage to all organs of the body.

This Mardi Gras season, follow these safety tips:

  • Never put Mardi Gras beads in your mouth
  • Wash hands after touching the beads
  • Bring baby wipes with you to the parades to use frequently on children’s hands
  • Never keep the beads as toys in your child’s room or play area
  • Recycle the beads
  • Wear gloves if you have to handle a lot of beads
  • Do not store beads in the hot sun
  • Do not leave beads on the ground
  • Do not let your pets play with Mardi Gras beads
  • Never burn Mardi Gras beads

Mardi Gras beads also often contain other toxins such as flame retardants & arsenic.

Unfortunately, the only way to prevent exposure to lead poisoning and other toxins from Mardi Gras beads is to avoid them all together.

Regulations on the safety of Mardi Gras beads need to be strengthen to ban such toxic products from use.



Don’t Let Credit Issues Hold You Back

We have workshops to help you get your credit back on track so that you can rent a cheaper apartment, get a better job, buy a home, start a small business or refinance.

Come to the next workshop on Thursday, Feb 1st at 6pm at 2221 St. Claude Avenue in New Orleans.


Helping Buying Your Own Home?

SUN can help you get bank ready and credit ready, so that you can get on the path towards owning your own home.

Learn about

  • credit and how to get your credit back on track
  • available loan and grant opportunities
  • the advantages and disadvantages to owning your own home
  • how to avoid housing scams and predatory loans
  • how to follow a budget
  • how much home you can afford

Next New Orleans workshop is on Thursday, Feb 1st at 6pm. Space is limited. Sign up using this form.


Concerned about Lead in New Orleans Drinking Water?

Who will be responsible for changing out all the lead service lines in the city once the water board goes private?  How much is privatization going to cost us?

Join us at the Justice and Beyond Town Hall Meeting on the the Sewerage and Water Board

Ask you questions!

Tuesday November 14, 5:30pm

Location: Christian Unity Baptist Church 1700 Conti Street, New Orleans, LA



Events for Lead Poisoning Prevention Awareness & Children’s Health Month

  • Presentation at Justice & Beyond Monday October 2nd 4:45pm at Christian Unity 1700 Conti in NOLA
  • Healthy Housing & Community Fair Saturday October 7th 10am to 2pm at Fair Grinds Coffeehouse 2221 St. Claude Avenue Resources, Mental Health Services, Housing Programs, & Fair Trade Coffee without the Toxins
  • Lake Charles Housing & Community Fair Saturday October 28th, 10am to 1pm at Allen P August Multi Purpose Center 2001 Moeling Street in Lake Charles