Environmental groups will sue Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive, and two other chemical cleaner manufacturers later today to demand that they release the ingredients to their products.
Attorneys from EarthJustice will file the suit on behalf the Sierra Club and American Lung Association and four other groups. The lawsuit will be filed in New York to take advantage of a seldom-used 1976 law against using phosphates in soaps.
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The groups requested ingredient disclosure from the four companies and many others last September, citing the New York law, but these four refused to comply. On the other hand, Method Based and Seventh Generation, both companies that specialize in non-polluting cleansers, obliged the request and disclosed their ingredients.
The activists contend that some chemicals in detergents may cause asthma and skin problems for humans, and some may affect fish and marine mammal health. In the end, however, it comes down to the fact that people deserve to at least know what is inside the product they are buying.Via: LA Times Photo Credit: Barkdog on Flickr under Creative Commons license.
While this subject may be pretty touchy for a lot of people, my opinion is that there has got to be a middle or typical ground that we all can discover. I do appreciate that you’ve additional relevant and also intelligent commentary here though. Thank you!
this is rediculous it probably is just another company that wants the formula
After doing some on-line research of possible causes for dizzy spells, I discovered that ingredients in detergents could very well be my culprit, as many central nervous disorders are linked to these ingredients. With my long list of poison, I headed to my laundry room to see what products contained these ingredients. At first I was quite surprised no specific ingredients were listed. Then, I became a bit irritated. Of all the stupid, stupid regulations are government dishes out and imposes just on private individuals, I can’t believe that the government hasn’t taken issue with this, especially as many millions of people this can harm world wide. I don’t believe in big government and I’m not a big supporter of the EPA., but this is common sense. We aren’t talking about saving a lizard in a backyard, we are talking about thousands, upon thousands of people suffering directly from these poisons. Since the goverment is so concerned with our healthcare and taxing sugary foods/drinks, this should be on the front burner especially with all of the dollars spent on allergies, asthma, many other sicknesses. A person can make a conscious decision whether to eat a dozen donuts. Without knowing the ingredients we are buying in our detergents, we are not able to make that same conscious decision. It’s all about choice and personal accountability. I must take the next step and find products that are on the shelves that are healthier for my family. I should start by viewing the website listed in a previous post. I don’t believe in suing for the sake of suing, but I believe this is required. After all, what’s the secrecy? If they have to keep it in hiding, mustn’t be too good!?
MICHAEL J. SCHMITZ
WHAT ARE YOU A PROBLEM CHILD, NOW YOUR AGAINST WHAT WE’VE BEEN USEING FOR 100 YEARS. WHY DONT YOU GO OUT AND FIND THE ISLAMIC TERRORISTS GROUPS TRAINING IN YOUR STATE INSTEAD. http://video.google.com/videoplan?docid=864522917532871834 INSTEAD OF UNDERMINING WHAT WE AMERICANS HAVE BEEN USEING FOR 100 YEARS. HAVE A NICE DAY. MIKE==FROM MICHIGAN
Companies claim that they need to withhold ingredients to keep their formula secret. But any halfway decent chemist can give you the ingredients in 20 minutes with modern technology. So the only purpose to not listing ingredients is to hide them from consumers.
We dilute traditional liquid laundry soap by half for use in our Chinese made Front-Loader – To start with, this thing uses much less water, we do not use hot water, and only half the recommended soap, and get clean laundry every time!
I wonder if they have organic detergent? I bet they do to keep us from the chemicals.
There is a site that I think you may all find very valuable… I go to it before I try any new products! http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/ This is a fantastic resource for all personal products, and how they rate on a danger-scale for toxic chemicals.
Leslie @ the oko box
It’s about time somebody did this- it is amazing to me that any company gets to keep their product’s ingredients secret now-a-days… it’s really just a way to get away with using chemicals that don’t belong onour skin. Our bodies are equipped to filter out alot of junk, but i totally think this is why we have so many more chronic diseases, allergies, cancer, etc – there’s a chem overload on our bodies, in our food chain, on the planet.
This is great news. I’m sensitive to fragrance, and this may possibly help me out.
I get headaches when I wear clothes that were washed using traditional laundry detergents according to their directions… in fact, even using about half what they suggest. Now I use about 15% as much as suggested and it is better but I sure would like to know why they were giving me adverse reactions when I was using them at the recommended amount. Once I finish my current laundry detergent (which I’ve had for about a year) I am going with 7th Gen or something comparable.
These companies should make sure that a list of all ingredients in their products are available to the consumers. These large corporations need to be accountable for what they are selling to the public.
I always bring a baggie when I travel and take the soap with me and use it at home. Free is free.lol
Detergent should be scrutanized.
As for the soap, it can be recycled
brownsquare: Encourage them to keep the soap as a little souvenir/gift?
I work in a large hotel. What could we do with all of the little bars of soap that we have been throwing out after guests use them once?