FTC Guidance on “Toxin-Free”

 The FTC issued revised guidance on “green claims” in October 2012. Of interest is its guidance on claims that a product is free of some toxin.  In its fact sheet, the FTC states: “Marketers can make a free-of claim for a product that contains some amount of a substance if: 1. the product doesn’t

FTC Issues Revised “Green Guides”

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued revised its “Green Guides” to assist companies in avoiding misleading environmental claims.  The revised guidance clarify guidance on compostable, ozone, recyclable, recycled content, and source reduction claims.  In addition, they advise not to use broad, unqualified claims that as stating that a product is “environmentally friendly” and “eco-friendly”.   The

EWG Lists Cleaning Products it Says to Avoid

The Environmental Working Group (“EWG”), a non-profit group, recently listed specific cleaning products that it evaluated on the basis of ingredients.  EWG classified the products with a score of A to F.  EWG reports that “[s]ome 53 percent of cleaning products assessed by EWG contain ingredients known to harm the lungs.  About 22 percent contain chemicals

Comments on Draft Safer Consumer Products Regulations

The Calfironia Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) held a hearing on September 10, 2012 for public comments to the Agency’s draft Safer Consumer Product regulations.  Many of the comments expressed concern that the regulations were overbroad, provided too little time to respond, gave DTSC too much discretion, and did not afford protection of trade secrets.

DTSC Public Hearing on Safer Consumer Product Regulations

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) held its public hearing at 10 am on September 10, 2012 on its draft regulations for safer consumer products. The hearing will be  available on DTSC’s website.

Workshop for California’s Proposed Safer Consumer Product Regulations

The Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTCS”) will hold a two day workshop entitled “Alternatives Analysis- Tools, Methodologies, and Frameworks” for its newly proposed Safer Consumer Products regulations.  The workshop will be held When: October 9-10, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Sierra Hearing Room; California Environmental Protection Agency, Headquarters; 1001 I Street,

California Issues Draft Safer Consumer Product Regulations

On July 27, 2011, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control issued its long awaited proposed Safer Consumer Product regulations.  Under the proposed regulations, chemicals of concern will be identified on the basis of their toxicity, adverse impact to certain sensitive populations, potential exposures, reliable information, and availability of safer alternatives.  DTSC will evaluate products

Green Chemistry Awards Lead to Improved Consumer Products

Professor Robert M. Waymouth, Stanford University, and Dr. James L. Hedrick, IBM Almaden Research Center shared the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Academic Award for their work in developing organocatalysts for efficient metal-free synthesis of biodegradable polyesters and other polymers.  According to EPA, they also “developed organic catalysts to depolymerize poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) quantitatively, allowing recycling

DTSC Draft Green Chemistry Rules

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) is expected to issue its revised draft green chmeistry regulations soon.  The agency recently issued its latest version to stakeholders and it is expected to release them publically in the near future.  These regulations will address specific chemicals in consumer products.