Vermont Fights for Transparency in Children’s Products

Victory! Last month, the Vermont’s Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (LCAR) accepted the proposed “Chemicals of High Concern in Children's Products Rule”. The rule implements Act 188, which means beginning July 1, 2016, manufacturers who use chemicals designated by the State of Vermont as Chemicals of High Concern to Children must disclose information about these chemicals to the Department of Health. 

Two of our own employees, Marc Heinzer and Martin Wolf, testified in front of the rules committee about the feasibility and cost of implementing the proposed rule. We know first-hand that business can be conducted in a different way: with total ingredient transparency. Shoppers should be empowered by knowing what's in the products we buy, not confused.

After hearing testimonies from industry lobbyists, VPRG, and Seventh Generation, the committee accepted the proposed rule unchanged. While this is a great victory for our home state, we demand change everywhere. The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed in 1976, and unlike other major environmental laws, has never been updated. We’re on a continued fight for reform and you can join us!

Tell your Senator that it’s time for a toxin-free future.