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Plaid Paints are Safe

Made in the U.S.A., Plaid Paints Are Certified Safe & Non-Toxic by Independent, Board-Certified Toxicologist

Norcross, GA, Plaid® Enterprises™ paints are certified non-toxic by the Art & Creative Materials Institute (ACMI), properly labeled according to federally-issued mandates and are proudly made in the U.S.A. at Plaid's manufacturing facility located outside of Atlanta, GA.

Recent news reports of lead paint in children's toys have raised concerns among parents in particular and many citizens in general. Plaid's Vice President of Technology, Jim Stanley, emphasized Plaid has always manufactured products with the highest degree of attention to consumer safety. Our products are continuously evaluated for hazardous ingredients such as lead. We promise to be diligent in providing safe products for our consumers."

In 1988, the U.S. Congress passed the Labeling of Hazardous Art Materials Act (LHAMA); enforcement began in 1989. LHAMA requires:

  • All art materials must be evaluated by a toxicologist whose risk criteria are on file with the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • Products must be labeled in compliance with the protocol of ASTM D-4236, a federal regulatory standard.

Beginning in the early 1980s, even before testing was required, Plaid has had its paint evaluated by a board-certified toxicologist; lead and other heavy metals are part of the evaluation process. In addition, there are no lead-containing chemicals used in Plaid's paint manufacturing plant.

Plaid has been a member of ACMI since 1986. Membership entitles Plaid to include the AP Seal on certified products. Products bearing the AP seal are considered non-toxic.

According to materials issued by the organization, ACMI is a non-profit association of manufacturers of art, craft and other creative materials that sponsors a certification program to demonstrate conformance with the mandates of the U.S. LHAMA that requires labeling for possible health hazards and conformance with certain voluntary quality standards.

Read the Art and Craft Safety Guide from ACMI for more information. 

With very few exceptions, most Plaid paint lines are certified non-toxic, carry the AP seal and ASTM conformance statement, including but not limited to Apple Barrel Colors, Acrylic and Gloss; Fashion Fabric Paint; all FolkArt formulas including: Enamels, Chalkboard Paint, Extreme Glitter, Fabric (brush-on and dimensional), Acrylics,  and Outdoor; and Gallery Glass . Additional Plaid products that are certified non-toxic, carry the AP seal and ASTM statement include: Mod Podge (all formulas), Royal Coat (all formulas), Stiffy, Picture This and Brush Plus .

Very few colors in the aforementioned paint lines carry a CL (cautionary labeling) seal, due to the pigments used to manufacture those colors. Colors with CL seals are generally shiny metallics like FolkArt Metallic Pure Gold (SKU #660). The vast majority of colors in these paint lines bear an AP seal and are non-toxic.