You may have seen the commercial on TV for SC Johnson products where they say they are disclosing all their ingredients for products like Windex, Glade, Pledge and more.
I went to their website and easily found this information. I just want to discuss it a bit because I think it's a great idea and want to encourage more major manufacturers to do the same.
A whole section of their website is devoted to "What's Inside SC Johnson: A Cloer Look at the Ingredients Inside Our Products."
Each individual product page has a list of ingredients organized by function. Better yet, you can click on each ingredient and you will get a popup page that tells you what the ingredient is and what it does, plus links to information from various sources that give safety and toxicity data, so you can make your own decision as a consumer. Sources include places like Skin Deep, International Fragrance Association, FDA, EPA, TOXNET, and others. (After looking at a few products, I noticed the same links were on all ingredients, but they don't point to the ingredient on that site, only to the site itself, you have to search for the ingredient. I would prefer to see a synopsis of the data from these sources on one page).
SC Johnson has their own Fragrance Palette, a list of ingredients they use to formulate their "secret recipe" fragrances. While they don't specify the ingredients used in each fragrance in their ingredients list, if you see an ingredient on the Fragrance Palette list that you are concerned about, you can call their 800 number and they can "help you with specific product choices." While their fragrance palette has more than 1500 ingredients, they also specifically list ingredients they don't use, like formaldehyde and phthalates and "any known carcinogens, mutagens or reproductive toxins listed by the U.S. National Toxicology Program, the European Union’s REACH and Substances of Very High Concern programs, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Carcinogens, or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency."
And, they also include the MSDS at the bottom of the page.
Did it make me decide to use their products? NO.
But at least I can evaluate them more easily than before. And at least they show what toxic chemicals are NOT in the products as well.
I appreciate the thoroughness of disclosure of ingredients. What is still lacking is an easy at-a-glance summary of the toxicity or safety of those ingredients.
But kudos to SC Johnson for a step in the right direction.
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