Ever wonder what's in the cleaning products under your sink? Thanks to New York's leadership, now you'll know.
Under a law from the 1970s, the State is authorized to collect information about cleaning products and to restrict chemicals of concern. When enacted, the law banned phosphorous-based cleaners, because of their effect on water quality.
Today, Governor Cuomo announced that New York will require cleaning product makers to fully disclose what's in their products. In his 2017 State of the State book, Governor Cuomo said:
"Consumers have a right to know what chemicals are in household cleaning products. Common household cleaners may contain chemicals shown to negatively impact health in many ways, including carcinogens, hormone disrupters, asthmagens, allergens, and skin irritants. Despite this, cleaning product labels often do not give consumers adequate information to allow them to make informed purchasing decisions with regard to health risks."
This first such requirement in the nation is the culmination of years of work. Clean and Healthy New York and other advocates joined Earthjustice to file suit against cleaning product makers under the 1970s law. This prompted the Department of Environmental Conservation to revisit the issue. CHNY's steady, concerted leadership with our allies and government staff has paid off, with impact that will be felt across the country.
The Governor announced that not only will the State require disclosure of chemicals and their potential to contribute to serious illnesses and disease, New York will use this process as a model for chemical disclosure for other products:
"This ingredient disclosure approach, which will go into effect this year, will serve as a pilot for potential expansion to other consumer products of concern, such as personal care or children’s products. The pilot will evaluate such factors as ease of consumer use, consumer education regarding chemicals and health risks, and manufacturer compliance and enforcement."
New York is stepping forth as the first government in the nation to require companies to make cleaning product ingredient information public. Clean and Healthy New York will continue our advocacy to ensure we all get the information we need, and that everyone is protected from harmful chemicals.