Benefits of Lead-Free Kitchen Tapware

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Did you know that most kitchen mixer taps are made of brass? Did you know that brass tapware contains lead (Pb) that might be slowly harming you and your family’s health? You can stop it right now by switching to lead-free kitchen tapware.

Brass Tapware: ‘Fraught with danger”

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) is drafting a new National Construction Code that will decrease the allowable amount of lead from fittings from 6% to 0.25%, a standard already used in the US, Canada, and other countries. This is in response to studies by environmental scientists in recent years about the dangers of lead in brass fittings.

Biami Scientific Pty Ltd Managing Director Paul Harvey told NewScientist in a report, “Having seen what I’ve seen in terms of the concentrations in the water and the widespread nature of it, it is raising the alarm.” Environmental scientist Professor Mark Taylor of Macquarie University reported that tapware and plumbing fittings were identified as the major source of lead contamination in Australian homes, and this is harmful in many ways.

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Lead is a neurotoxin and exposure to it is linked to lower attention span, reduced IQ, increase in antisocial behaviour, and even heavy metal poisoning. Professor Taylor asserts, “Lead can cause neuro-cognitive problems. It's particularly harmful to young children. It can delay puberty. It can affect their intellectual development. It can cause other problems such as ADHD or irritability.” Peter McCafferty, chief executive officer of ChemCentre, advised against the use of leaded brass fittings, saying, "Leaded brass is, I think, fraught with danger." 

(Related topic: Kitchen Taps: Brass or Stainless Steel?)

Lead-Free Stainless Steel Tapware: Affordable Investment

There are reasons why hospitals, restaurants, hotel kitchens, and establishments that require a high standard of hygiene use stainless steel for their tapware, counters, and equipment.  According to World Stainless, “Stainless steel avoids contamination of food & water and maintains [the] freshness of the items handled.”

Stainless steel is recognized as the most hygienic material, and stainless steel tapware contains no lead, making it the safest choice. Experiments done by Mr Harvey and his colleagues showed that lead was only found in water that passed through brass tapware. By using stainless steel for your kitchen fittings, you avoid the dangers of lead as well as arsenic.

Unlike traditional brass faucets that have textured interior surfaces where debris accumulates, stainless steel tapware have a smooth surface inside and out. Stainless steel kitchen taps have no small pores or crevices for bacteria and germs to grow, so you can get better-tasting quality water. 

(See also: Stainless Steel - the hygienic choice in tapware)

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Stainless steel tapware might be a bit pricier than brass, but they are definitely a worthwhile investment for your home and your health. Fortunately, there are high-quality stainless steel kitchen mixers such as Swedia tapware that are more affordable than popular brands.

Swedia tapware is all 304-grade stainless steel, the hardest and most durable stainless steel for tapware. They do not contain lead, have smooth surfaces, and do not undergo a chrome-plating process that could harm the environment (as does brass tapware). 

Stainless steel kitchen mixer taps from Swedia are also corrosion-resistant, unlike common brass ones that have a tendency to erode especially when exposed to humidity.

If you want to find out more about the advantages of stainless steel kitchen tapware, chat live with the friendly team at Renovator Store (10:00 am till 4:00 pm AEST weekdays) or email them 24/7at To shop for stainless steel kitchen tapware, browse the catalogue now.

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