PROGRESS IN 2013 NOTES 99.9946% OF THE SUBSTANCES IN OUR PRODUCTS MEET OUR INGREDIENT STANDARDS FOR HUMAN HEALTH, AND ALL MEET APPLICABLE REGULATIONS 2014 GOAL: REDUCE SUBSTANCES THAT DO NOT MEET OUR INGREDIENT STANDARDS FOR HUMAN HEALTH BY 75%. WORK UNDERWAY THE LACK OF STRONG REGULATION MEANS THAT TOXINS CAN HIDE IN COMMON seventh generation 2013 corporate consciousness report 33 PRODUCTS; THERE IS A TREMENDOUS NEED FOR EDUCATION. WORK UNDERWAY A LACK OF TRANSPARENCY IN THE PLASTICS SUPPLY CHAIN HAMPERS DEFINITIVE UNDERSTANDING OF PLASTICS INGREDIENTS Transform Commerce: we share our ingredient innovations to help to raise the bar for the whole industry. Seventh Generation was the first home care company to disclose all ingredients, including fragrances, on-pack in 2007; the industry followed our lead with voluntary on-line disclosure in 2010. Build Communities: we strive to source our products and ingredients from responsible suppliers. As we design our products, we embrace the Precautionary Principle, a decision-making framework that stresses the need for caution when uncertainty about possible harm exists. Fragrances: When we fragrance our products, we use essential plant oils and botanical extracts. Some plant oils contain components that can be sensitizers (they can cause an allergic reaction in some people). We disclose those plant oils or botanical extracts (per the European Union allergen disclosure requirements) so that our sensitive consumers can avoid them. Preservatives: As with all of our ingredients, our preservatives undergo a rigorous safety evaluation to make sure that our products can be used safely. We want our preservatives to be effective, to meet our standards for human health, and to biodegrade rapidly. In 2008, we replaced the synthetic (petroleum-derived) preservative known as THT in our cleaners with another synthetic preservative known as MIT/BIT (methylisothiazolinone and benzisothiazolinone). We transitioned away from THT as it is a formaldehyde donor; formaldehyde is an allergen and known human carcinogen when inhaled. MIT/BIT is not a formaldehyde donor, is biodegradable and it has been proven to be non-irritating at the use level in our products. We are working to reformulate our products to replace MIT/BIT with a biobased alternative that is aligned with our aspirations. We anticipate achieving this in 2016.
A Generation of Good; 2013 Coprporate Consciousness Report
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