Canadian yoga retailer Lululemon Athletica is voluntarily recalling certain reusable bags from its stores due to concerns that the bags may contain lead. The bags were given to shoppers with their purchase free of charge to promote the popular “going green” movement. The company stated that there is no concern with the use of the bag, only a potential concern with its disposal after use.
According to CEO Christine Day, the bags were obtained from a new supplier and have only been distributed in stores within the past year. The bags were distributed between Nov. 1, 2009 and Dec. 18, 2010.
Lululemon’s decision to recall the bags comes after recent discussions among other retailers have prompted further investigation into the proper disposal of the reusable bags and other possible lead concerns. Believed by many to be a smart “green” alternative to plastic bags, reusable bags have come under scrutiny lately as accusations of elevated lead levels raise suspicions that the bags may not be as environmentally friendly as once believed.