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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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.

Johnson & Johnson Phases Out Chemicals of Concern

Johnson & Johnson recently announced that it would phase out formaldehyde, phthalates, and triclosan from its personal care products for adults.  Johnson & Johnson markets brands Neutrogena, Aveeno and Clean & Clear for adults.  It previously announced a policy of removing chemicals of concern from baby products.  Johnson & Johnson has a developed policies for the levels … Read more

CPSC Database Lists Recalls and Consumer Complaints

As required by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) set up a public database on March 11, 2011 that lists consumer complaints as well as recall notices.  The database is searchable by company and product.  To date, there are 362 listings concerning lead, 7 listings concerning cadmium, and 6 … Read more

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, … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more