Consumer brands including Seventh Generation, Patagonia and Stonyfield Farm have signed a letter to Congress urging chemical policy reform.
The coalition, Companies for Safer Chemicals, says it will make a business argument for reforms that help companies bring safer, cleaner products to the marketplace.
The founding members of the coalition, led by Seventh Generation and the American Sustainable Business Council, include Patagonia, Stonyfield Farm, Aubrey Organics, Method, Naturepedic, Badger, Annie’s, Eileen Fisher, Zarbee’s Naturals, Keys, Think Dirty, Beautycounter, EO, South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Green America, Gilasi, Dharma Merchant Services, Whole Dogz, EcoPlum, Clean+Green, SeaYu, Keys, Sustainable Island Products, Lullaby Earth and Simply Rustic.
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), passed in 1976, has never been updated. The coalition members say it is a barrier to industry innovation and doesn’t protect employee or consumer health.
The US Senate has introduced the Chemical Safety Improvement Act to modernize the TSCA and the House of Representatives is expected to draft its own legislation.
Meanwhile some states are moving forward with their own safer chemical legislation. California’s Safer Consumer Products initiative took effect in October. Under the program, the state will ask manufacturers to investigate the feasibility of replacing toxic chemicals in their goods, starting with five priority products to be identified by April. Many companies, such as Procter & Gamble and Walmart, have already announced plans to eliminate or reduce toxic chemicals in consumer products nationwide.