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Major Cleaning Product Companies Call CA Ingredient Labeling Bill Necessary for the Marketplace

For Immediate Release: 
February 8, 2017

Clear, Transparent Labeling is Good for Business

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Bob Keener

SACRAMENTO, CA (February 8, 2017)—A coalition of businesses today endorsed and called for the expedited consideration of the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017 introduced by State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens). The bill would require cleaning product manufacturers to list chemical ingredients on packaging. The companies believe labeling is necessary to build consumer confidence and drive the industry to make cleaner and safer products.

Among the companies leading this support are Beautycounter, Dr. Bronner’s, Earth Friendly Products, The Honest Company, Makes 3 and Seventh Generation.

“Seventh Generation completely supports the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act and is proof positive that a mission-minded business can champion transparency and win in the marketplace. If the food and personal care industries can disclose ingredients on pack, so can the cleaning industry. Seventh Generation has been doing so for nearly ten years and not only have we built consumer trust and loyalty, we’ve grown the bottom line,” said John Replogle, CEO of Seventh Generation.

“Ingredient transparency is fundamental to our business, and we’re proud to list all our ingredients on our labels,” said Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, President & CEO, Earth Friendly Products, based in Cypress, CA. “Consumers are concerned about their health and the health of their family, and they want and deserve to know what’s in the products they bring into their home.”

"We applaud Senator Lara for his leadership on this important 'right to know' issue," said Christopher Gavigan, Co-founder and Chief Purpose Officer of The Honest Company, based in Santa Monica. "At Honest, we've recognized the consumer mandate for visibility into the ingredients that are in the products they use everyday. We strongly support California efforts that will drive the cleaning product industry as a whole to embrace greater transparency."

Daniel Sperling, President of Makes 3 Organics, based in Santa Monica, said, “Making truly informed decisions about the household cleaners and personal care products we use and store in our homes is important to our overall health. But when companies are not required to disclose the ingredients present in these products, how can consumers make these important decisions? True transparency in the marketplace will give consumers the information they need to make smart choices for themselves and for their families.”

“California consumers are concerned and want to know what chemicals are in products so they can make better choices. Clear, transparent labeling is good for consumers, and it’s also good for business,” said David Levine, CEO and Co-founder of the American Sustainable Business Council. “Senator Lara’s bill creates a uniform way for all companies to communicate what’s in their products—with just a simple addition to their labels. Ultimately, public health will improve as companies respond by innovating and using safer ingredients.”

The coalition, Companies for Safer Chemicals, believes the law is needed because existing California chemicals laws, such as Prop 65 and the Green Chemistry Law, do not cover ingredient disclosure.  Manufacturers already disclose this information on public Safety Data Sheets and they should do so on their products.

Companies for Safer Chemicals is a national coalition representing thousands of businesses seeking meaningful chemical safety reform legislation. Coordinated by the American Sustainable Business Council, it was instrumental in improving the federal TSCA reforms that became law in 2016. See the list of member companies and associations here:

The American Sustainable Business Council advocates for policy change and informs business owners and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant, sustainable economy. Through its national member network it represents more than 250,000 business owners, executives and investors from a wide range of industries.