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Toxin Free Campaign
Reform the Toxic Substances Control Act
For 25 years we've created healthy products for healthy homes by using plant-derived, bio-based ingredients. We speak loudest through our products: We won't use chemicals of concern and we disclose all ingredients right on our packaging.
But not all products are held to the same standards, and we think this should change. To protect our families, children and pets, we are calling on Washington to improve the standards for chemical regulation for all household products.
We're working towards this goal with an eye to a future where everyone is protected and living in a toxin free environment.
Please join us in urging the Senate to protect women, children, and workers from toxic chemicals. Tell Your Senator
Current Law is Outdated
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed in 1976 and, unlike other major environmental laws, has never been updated. Some people might assume that the chemicals used to make products sold in the U.S., like toys and food containers, are regulated and tested for safety — but they are not.
- Over 80,000 chemicals are currently available for use in the market. The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) grandfathered in 62,000 chemicals when enacted in 1976 and over 20,000 have since been added. The EPA has required very few of these to be tested for their impacts on human health and the environment.
- TSCA makes it difficult for consumers and businesses to find the information they need to identify which chemicals are safe and unsafe.
Read more about this outdated legislation from our coalition partner, Safer Chemicals Healthy Family Coalition.
You're Asking Questions and We're Listening
Does Seventh Generation test on animals?
No. We are cruelty-free and Leaping Bunny certified.
None of our manufacturing partners who make our products test or commission testing of our products on animals.
None of the ingredients used in our products have been tested on animals by our suppliers or any other entity on our behalf.
PETA has sent me photos of animals enduring testing. Are these from a Seventh Generation lab?
Absolutely not. We have never tested our products or ingredients on animals.
What are the alternatives to animal testing that you use to assure your products’ safety?
Typically safety tests are done to determine a product’s ocular irritancy, dermal irritancy, allergenicity, acute toxicity, and chronic toxicity (carcinogenicity, reproductive toxicity, and developmental toxicity).
For ocular and dermal toxicity we use in vitro tests (tests in test tubes) that look at how a product affects certain proteins. The proteins used in the in vitro tests for ocular and dermal irritancy are human skin and corneal cells grown in cell cultures.
For products that are likely to contact human skin (a dish liquid, for example), we confirm the dermal irritancy findings with physician-supervised clinical tests with human volunteers. These volunteers wear a patch wet with our product for up to 30 days, and are observed every few days for signs of irritation or allergic reaction.
For acute toxicity (the possibility of harm from ingesting the product) we calculate the oral toxicity using a mathematical formula recognized by OSHA, the United Nations, and the European Chemical Agency.
For chronic toxicity we look at databases of chronic toxicity maintained by the US NIH and EPA, the World Health Organization, and the European Chemical Agency.
Is Seventh Generation advocating for animal testing?
No. We are asking Congress to strengthen outdated toxic chemical reform. Currently thousands of unregulated chemicals pose risk to our environment and the humans and animals that live in it.
What exactly is Seventh Generation advocating for in Congress?
Our Campaign for a Toxin Free Generation asks Congress for meaningful chemical reform meeting these principles:
- Chemical reform should protect vulnerable populations , including pregnant women, children, animals, workers and communities who are disproportionately exposed to chemicals.
- Chemical reform should require public access to information regarding the safety of chemicals.
- Chemical reform must respect the rights of states to protect their residents when the federal government fails to do so.
- Chemical reform should require the Environmental Protection Agency to take fast action on the most harmful chemicals and include specific timetables for such regulatory actions.
Does Seventh Generation advocate for non-animal testing as part of the reform language?
Resoundingly, yes. Seventh Generation believes legislative reform should promote the development and use of viable alternatives to animal testing, with animal testing used only as a last resort.
We have told both PETA and PCRM that we will advocate for this by:
- Including it in our discussions with legislators
- Updating our website and materials
- Introducing them to the Companies for Safer Chemicals coalition
Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families
A coalition of diverse groups united by their common concern about toxic chemicals in our homes, places of work, and products we use every day.
Women's Voices for the Earth
A national organization working to eliminate toxic chemicals that harm women's health by changing consumer behaviors, corporate practices and government policies.
Breast Cancer Fund
The Breast Cancer Fund works to connect the dots between breast cancer and exposures to chemicals and radiation in our everyday environments.