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Our Products Are Our Mission
That’s why we source renewable, plant-based ingredients, formulate using the precautionary principle, and list our ingredients right on our packaging.
We know that plant-based products can provide the efficacy you are looking for, and that products designed from renewable plant-based ingredients are a sustainable option that can do the work.
 
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Seventh Generation's Principle of Precaution
Throughout every aspect of product development, Seventh Generation works to mitigate risk when it comes to impacting the health of both people and planet.
 
 
Glossary of Terms

Sometimes a plant oil is minimally modified with carbon from other sources to improve its performance. When carbon in the modified plant oil is mostly (more than 50%) from the plant, Seventh Generation refers to the ingredient as plant-based. The remaining carbon may be derived from petroleum based sources.

Some ingredients obtain their carbon exclusively from plants, but have been modified from their state found in nature to provide functional performance. Seventh Generation refers to such ingredients as plant-derived.

Many ingredients are found in nature as minerals. If the mineral has been processed to form an ingredient it is listed as mineral-based on our label.

When most (50% or more) of the carbon in an ingredient is from sources other than a plant, Seventh Generation identifies the ingredient as plant-modified synthetic.

Some of our formulations require the use of a preservative or preservative system, which helps prevent microorganism growth that can make your products go bad. At this time, we have not found an effective plant-derived preservative system that is compatible with our products. Because of this, we feel confident that our synthetic preservative is the best option at this time. However, we are diligently searching for a wholly plant-derived preservative system.

Finally, if the carbon in an ingredient is derived exclusively from petroleum or natural gas, the ingredient is synthetic.

 
Glossary of Terms
Plant-Based

Sometimes a plant oil is minimally modified with carbon from other sources to improve its performance. When carbon in the modified plant oil is mostly (more than 50%) from the plant, Seventh Generation refers to the ingredient as plant-based. The remaining carbon may be derived from petroleum based sources.

Plant-Derived

Some ingredients obtain their carbon exclusively from plants, but have been modified from their state found in nature to provide functional performance. Seventh Generation refers to such ingredients as plant-derived.

Minerals

Many ingredients are found in nature as minerals. If the mineral has been processed to form an ingredient it is listed as mineral-based on our label.

Plant-Modified Synthetic

When most (50% or more) of the carbon in an ingredient is from sources other than a plant, Seventh Generation identifies the ingredient as plant-modified synthetic.

Preservatives

Some of our formulations require the use of a preservative or preservative system, which helps prevent microorganism growth that can make your products go bad. At this time, we have not found an effective plant-derived preservative system that is compatible with our products. Because of this, we feel confident that our synthetic preservative is the best option at this time. However, we are diligently searching for a wholly plant-derived preservative system.

Synthetic

Finally, if the carbon in an ingredient is derived exclusively from petroleum or natural gas, the ingredient is synthetic.

 
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