17 Feb 2009
Top household cleansers to be sued for non disclosure of chemicals used
The makers of Tide, Ajax and other common household cleansers are being asked to come clean about their ingredients. Environmental and health activists announced plans for a lawsuit to make Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive and two other major firms reveal the chemical ingredients of their cleaning products and their research on their effects. “People deserve to know whether the products they use to wash their dishes and clean their homes could be harmful,” said Keri Powell, attorney for Earthjustice, in New York. The nonprofit public-interest law firm, which specializes in pro-environment litigation, will file the lawsuit Wednesday in New York on behalf of six state and national environmental and health groups, including the Sierra Club and the American Lung Assn.
Last September, members of this coalition sent letters to several leading manufacturers reminding them that they are to disclose, twice a year, ingredient and research reports with the New York state’s department of Environmental Conservation. Not surprisingly, Method and Seventh Generation, makers of more natural cleansers responded positively as opposed to Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive and Church and Dwight (makers of Arm & Hammer products) that all flat out refused. To me, if they refuse to abide by a law, it shows they have something to hide. I will not risk my health by using products from companies who will not disclose chemical ingredients used and fail to show proof that they are safe. For me, I am all about getting back to basics by using vinegar, baking soda and borax to clean my house.