Cleaning Products Right to Know Act – What Does it Mean For Consumers?

In October of 2017, a landmark deal was signed by Governor Brown of California. The Cleaning Products Right to Know Act of 2017  requires cleaning product manufacturers to include a complete ingredient list on all cleaning products sold in the state of California. Companies will also be required to make additional ingredient information available on their website.

Intended to make it easier for workers and consumers to identify potentially dangerous ingredients, any product that doesn’t satisfy these new requirements will be prohibited to sell in the State of California.

Together with a similar consumer disclosure initiative in New York, this new law will revolutionize how much information cleaning product manufacturers will need to provide to consumers.

Ingredient Disclosure for Cleaning Products vs Personal Care Products
In contrast with personal care products, it’s been possible for many brands in the cleaning product category to hide information about the actual ingredient in their products. Once the California law goes into full effect in 2020, manufacturers must disclose ingredients whenever there are chemicals of concern – they can no longer simply list generic ingredient names or claim ingredients (like fragrance) are trade secrets.

While leading-edge brands like SC Johnson, Seventh Generation and Method operate model disclosure programs, this new law will make sure the playing field is equal for all cleaning product manufacturers.

 

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Top 20 Most-Searched Ingredients on GoodGuide

What were consumers searching for on GoodGuide in 2017? Here are the top terms consumers were searching for on GoodGuide.

2017 was a year filled with change in the consumer product landscape.

> Brands launched new product lines with promises of “better” ingredient labels. 

> States took an interest in chemical transparency, and California’s Governor signed the Cleaning Products Right to Know Act in October 2017.

> Target pushed their suppliers towards full ingredient disclosure, including fragrance formulations. 

> Seventh Generation and Method, leaders in chemical transparency, were joined by a handful of manufacturers in an initiative to disclose all ingredients in their beauty, personal care, baby, and cleaning products. Read more here.

Knowing what’s in a product gets you only part of the complete picture.
All of this forward progress for ingredient transparency is positive news or US consumers. But knowing what’s in the product only paints part of the picture. Brands are not providing any health effect information about these ingredients. Continue reading

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GoodGuide’s Top-Rated Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas

Stocking stuffers and secret Santa gifts often include cheap toys, inexpensive gadgets, and single-use plastic trinkets. With some simple strategies, we can make over these types of presents into well-loved gifts that are less toxic, won’t end up in a landfill, and carry few or no health concerns. Continue reading

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What’s the Difference Between GoodGuide and EWG Ratings?

Value judgments are unavoidable in rating systems. The product rating systems from EWG and GoodGuide are no exception. While it’s hard to speak to how EWG rates products, we can highlight a few similarities and differences, based on what we know about our own rating system.

Let’s talk about similarities first:
1) Both EWG and GoodGuide provide consumers the ability to look up health concerns assigned to ingredients in product formulations for categories of products that include packaged food, household chemicals, and personal care. Continue reading

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What’s in Shaving Cream?

What's in Shaving Cream?

When reading ingredient labels do you ever wonder what ingredients are, or why it’s there?

The average adult in the U.S. will shave 14,000 times in their life. That’s roughly a shave every other day, for 75 years. Using 400 cans of shaving cream products per person.

Shaving products as a category include tools, razors, soaps, gels, foams, and creams. It’s the pressurized cans of shaving cream that account for the majority of purchases in this category. Considered an everyday household item, most shoppers include shaving cream and razors in the same category as soap and shampoo—a daily necessity.

What’s in shaving cream that makes it so effective?

In most formulations, 80% of shaving cream is water. The remaining 20% of the ingredients work to create the lather, bind the ingredients, soften the skin, preserve the product, and propel the ingredients out of the can.

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What’s in Your Food? Decoding the Labels

This post was posted in partnership with the team from Fix.com. You can read their complete post here.

GoodGuide Food Ratings

A walk down any grocery aisle is the best real-life illustration of American’s current eating habits. 23 variations of BBQ sauces, 12 flavors of the same cookie, and jars of everything — from clarified butter to vegetables. All in an effort to make life easier.

According to a recent government study of dietary intakes compared to recommendations, about three-fourths of the population in the United States has an eating pattern that is low in vegetables, fruits, dairy, and oils.

Unpackaged food is commonly considered the best foods for our health. Life gets busy, and many processed food options provide convenient alternatives to the homemade versions.

When buying packaged foods, shoppers can turn to the labels for what’s best. Claims like “all-natural”, “organic”, “whole grains” litter the modern grocery store. The other option is the nutrition label. The easy to read Nutrition Facts panel on the back of every packaged food gives us more clues than the front of the label claims, but it’s still not all that easy to decode. Continue reading

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Ingredient Spotlight: Parabens

What are Parabens?

What are Parabens and should they be avoided?

Marketing messages loaded with ingredient based buzzwords fill store aisles in the personal care department. There are packaging claims that target consumer desires, like all-natural and hypoallergenic. Or the ones that are more function based promising to soften, help, boost or support. The ingredient based claims often center around a class of ingredients, like phthalate-free, sulfate-free, and paraben-free.

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