Cadmium has problems. In fact, it’s one of the more dangerous common elements. It is mostly used in batteries (by far, according to the Cadmium wiki page) and in television sets as well as the aircraft industry. However, the art industry is facing greater regulations in the European Union than the other industries. According to The Art Newspaper, officials in Sweden want to ban cadmium across the EU because it apparently affects the food supply. They say that artists wash the cadmium off their brushes and down the drain, which eventually makes it out to more natural resources. The article goes on to say that the paint industry suggests it’s batteries that are making the difference.
However, good news often follows. Swedish officials listened to their artists, and cadmium has been spared!