We at Seventh Generation could not be more excited for yet another action supporting #ComeClean momentum. Today, Representative Raul Ruiz introduced The Federal Cleaning Products Right to Know Act (H.R.2728), bringing our fight for industry-wide ingredient disclosure in cleaning products back to the federal level. The Cleaning Product Right to Know Act requires manufacturers of both consumer household and industrial cleaning products to disclose all intentionally-added ingredients on their product labels and websites.
With this latest action, the momentum behind ingredient disclosure is stronger than ever. This year, Seventh Generation and our partners have doubled down on our fight for ingredient disclosure with the goal of supporting the consumers’ right to know what's in the products you choose to purchase. With your help, there have been important strides when it comes to demanding that the cleaning industry #ComeClean.
Driving change in government:
- In California, SB 258, The California Cleaning Product Right to Know Act passed out of the Committee on Appropriations with a 5-2 vote. The bill is now heading to the Senate floor. If you’re a California voter, you can help continue to progress the bill by contacting your representative here.
- In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced new regulations requiring disclosure of chemicals in household cleaning products. A bill was passed in the early 70s, but was never implemented until now. In this action, the Governor has giving the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) authority to review and provide technical guidance on how to implement the law.
- In Washington, D.C. this month, we joined Women’s Voices of the Earth and Congresswoman Grace Meng and gained important momentum behind the Menstrual Products Right to Know Act of 2017 (H.R.2416), which protects consumers’ right to know what’s in the tampons and pads they use. Help support the bill here.
Change-making moves in Retail:
- This past February, our friends at Target announced a chemical strategy that includes a commitment to drive transparency and chemical management by driving manufacturers to disclose ingredients in every product they sell.
- In April, CVS made a commitment to phase out chemicals of concern in store brand personal care and beauty products.
Shake Ups in the Cleaning Industry:
- Our parent company Unilever announced a market-changing move to provide detailed information on the fragrance ingredients they use back in February.
- Reckitt Benckiser, responsible for a number of common household brands including Lysol and Air Wick, announced in April that they’ve made a commitment to full ingredient transparency by 2020.
While we continue to drive progress, there’s still work to be done. Join us in our fight by tweeting, calling or writing your local representatives – and get others involved! We all have a right to know what’s in the products we use around our families and homes every day.