EDISON - For many, using reusable grocery bags is a way to help protect the environment from added trash.

However, new reports show that some bags manufactured in China may release toxic chemicals such as lead.

Some tests show that the bags contain up to five times the allowable amount of lead in them.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D- N.Y.) has called for a federal investigation into the problem and asks that any bag that contains lead be banned.

For many, they feel they are caught in a catch-22, either use a bag that will release lead into the environment or send hundreds of plastic bags to the landfill.