Seventh Generation Recognizes the Milestone of Toxic Chemical Reform in Vermont
Submitted by: Seventh Generation
Posted: May 12, 2014 – 08:37 AM EST
BURLINGTON, Vt., May 12 /CSRwire/ - (Marketwired) - Today, Seventh Generation, the nation's leading brand of non-toxic and renewable bio-based household, baby and personal care solutions, congratulates the state of Vermont for their major step towards reforming toxic chemical regulations. Just two weeks after presenting over 120,000 signatures to Congress urging for an overhaul of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), Seventh Generation was proud to see Bill S.329 pass with a vote of 26-3 in their home state of Vermont.
The new legislation gives the Department of Health new authority to ban certain chemicals outright, or require manufacturers to affix warning labels to products; if companies are unwilling to seek safe alternatives or obtain a waiver for chemicals deemed hazardous, the substances will be banned. The bill specifically regulates products marketed to children ages 12 and under, and despite some pushback from select Vermont businesses, the bill will have an extremely positive impact on the health and safety of Vermont residents.
"This has been a long battle for us, and we're thrilled to see that some of the first major steps towards stricter toxic chemical regulation is happening right here in Seventh Generation's home state," said John Replogle, President and CEO, Seventh Generation. "As we learned over the last few months, there are hundreds of thousands of like-minded individuals in this country who are concerned for the safety of their families. The passing of this bill is just one of many changes that need to happen in our country, and we're excited to see the power behind this influential group of citizens create change."
Following the lead from California, Maine and Washington's state legislation, the new bill ensures that products produced in Vermont will undergo the proper scrutiny to keep families safe. Tireless lobbying from environmental partners, such as the Vermont Conservation of Voters and the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, pushed this initiative past the finish line, and without their efforts Vermont would not be celebrating this massive victory. Seventh Generation celebrates this as an opportunity to further explore "green chemistry" and drive innovation in this field, and welcomes the push for a cleaner and healthier Vermont.
About Seventh Generation
Established in 1988, in Burlington, Vermont, Seventh Generation is one of the nation's leading brands of household and personal care products. The company lives its commitment to "caring today for seven generations of tomorrows," with products formulated to provide mindful solutions for the air, surfaces, fabrics, pets and people within your home – and for the community and environment outside of it. A pioneer in corporate responsibility, Seventh Generation continually evaluates ways to reduce its environmental impact, increase performance and safety, and create a more sustainable supply chain. To learn more about Seventh Generation products and business practices, locate a retailer in your area, or review Seventh Generation's Corporate Consciousness Report, visit www.seventhgeneration.com.
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