Women’s Voices for the Earth supports the recently introduced Cleaning Product Right to Know Act (H.R. 2728) sponsored by California Congressman Raul Ruiz. The legislation requires ingredient labeling for household and institutional cleaning products. Under current U.S. law, cleaning products are not required to disclose ingredients.
Even if you are not a regular salon-goer yourself, this first-of-its-kind legislation has the power to drastically improve the health, and human rights of salon workers in California, and eventually, hopefully, throughout the nation.
Assembly Member Ash Kalra introduced legislation that requires manufacturers to disclose ingredients on the labels of professional cosmetics. Unlike retail cosmetics, manufacturers of professional cosmetics are not legally required to list ingredients on the labels. If the bill passes, it will be the first such law to take effect in the nation.
In a major victory for ingredient safety, SC Johnson (Glade®, Windex®, Pledge®) confirmed last week that it is transitioning away from the toxic fragrance chemical, Galaxolide.
How important is it to get this ingredient disclosure? Are there really harmful ingredients hiding in the cleaning products we use in our homes? Unfortunately, it appears that there are.
If it passes companies will no longer be able to keep ingredients linked to birth defects, cancer, fertility problems, allergens, and asthma a secret.
The Cleaning Product Right to Know Act calls for manufacturers to disclose the product’s ingredients and contaminants of concern, in order of concentration – including the chemicals used in fragrance mixtures – both on the product label and online.