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authority to ban certain chemicals outright or to require warning labels. With this law, Vermont joins California, Maine and Washington in regulating toxic chemicals at the state level, a movement that is adding to the pressure for federal action. Seventh Generation testified during state deliberations noting that, “regulation of toxic chemicals promotes innovation. Seventh Generation stands as proof that cost-effective products that not only meet consumer demands, but are increasingly demanded by consumers, can be formulated and manufactured without chemicals of concern.” American Cleaning Institute As Chairman of the American Cleaning Institute® (ACI) Sustainability Committee, Martin Wolf, Director of Product Sustainability and Authenticity, has influenced this — at times reluctant — industry group to launch a Sustainability Charter and to develop a program for voluntary ingredient disclosure that has had widespread participation. “I’m particularly proud of ACI’s recent Consumer Product Safety Initiative to determine what chemicals are used in cleaning products and what their risk is,” notes Martin. “The project combines information that is available on hazards with exposure data to develop a risk assessment. While I would like to see it cover all of the ingredients used in the industry, the database now contains about 70 percent of the ingredients — as several proprietary ingredients and fragrances are missing. It’s available now on the ACI website and I hope it will promote ongoing improvement in cleaning products’ sustainability profiles.” Product Stewardship Our business model and our aspiration to nurture nature require us to use recycled materials in lieu of virgin, synthetic plastic wherever possible. Martin Wolf, Director of Product Sustainability and Authenticity, spoke in support of a Vermont Senate Bill in early 2014 against the repeal of the State bottle bill. We believe businesses should take responsibility for their products by ensuring a market for a sustainable supply of materials. Speaking before a Senate committee, Martin argued that, “recovery of beverage containers in “deposit” states runs between 48% (PET covered by a deposit) and 84% (aluminum) compared to 20% (PET) and 39% (aluminum) in “non-deposit” states. Deposits work.” We succeeded in preventing the threatened rollback of the bottle bill but did not succeed in getting it expanded. seventh generation 2013 corporate consciousness report  61


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