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What’s up with the Stanley?

Viral videos and trending theories about possible lead poisoning, left the question, “ are Stanleys really safe?”
Kailea Stolzfus

Stanley water cups are about as numerous as Bearcats following an explosion in popularity and trendiness. The trendy colors and high prices are the stuff of high school culture, while the cups have spawned an uptick in lead poisoning fears.

The signature stainless-steel water bottles made a comeback starting in 2020 through social media took this 40-ounce classic from $75 million to $750 million in annual sales. As quickly as these handy cups became popular by marketing mostly towards women, new videos getting millions of views, circulated with the idea that these “quenchers’ ‘ could cause lead poisoning.

Fans of this trending drinkware began buying at-home tests to see if their Stanley was truly dangerous to drink out of. With these tests being 96.6% accurate Stanley has addressed the public concern on their website.

Law suits begun to pend, two from California and one from Nevada, these people arguing that they would not have bought the tumblers if they would have known about the lead poisoning.

Stanley, hoping to clear up the problem, released an announcement on their website.


They stated, “Rest assured that no lead is present on the surface of any Stanley product that comes into contact with the consumer nor the contents of the product”. Due to the fact that their products use a vacuum insulation method, the sealing material includes some lead. In the final product, being sold since 1913, Stanleys are covered with a “durable stainless steel layer making [the lead] inaccessible to consumers”.


In all concern about the news, those who own these trendy tumblers are safe from lead poisoning. Keep staying hydrated!

For more information and more indepth research check out A Lead Scare Strikes Stanley Tumblers, but You Don’t Need to Worry or Customer’s sue Stanley, say the company failed to disclose presence of lead in tumblers

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