What is Prop 65? Your Questions Answered

  • Feb 1, 2019

Don’t worry, Prop 65 isn’t something to fret over! We did a little behind-the-scenes work to figure out what it’s all about. If you live in California you’re probably familiar with this legal notice, but if you’re not, we’ve got your answers!

What IS Prop 65?

Proposition 65 is also known as the California Safe Drinking Water & Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. “What? That’s from ages ago!” You’re right, but they recently updated it! This environmental protection law was enforced to focus on preventing toxic chemicals from reaching places or things that people can come in contact with. It also protects California drinking water from contamination. The list, which must be updated at least once a year, now includes over 800 chemicals since it was first introduced. What it means is, any company that sells or manufactures products in California or has products that can be sold in California, are subject to Prop 65.  Any product labeled 'Prop 65' means it has something in it that falls under the chemical list, however big or small the amount may be!

What types of Chemicals does it include?

The list contains a variety of both naturally occurring and synthetic chemicals that have been known to cause cancer, birth defects, or reproductive harm. These chemicals include additives or ingredients in pesticides, dyes, and even food. Lead, brass, PVC and many more elements can be found on this list.

What does the warning label look like?

WARNING: This product contains chemicals that are known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.

Many of the products on our website now simply state: Complies with Prop 65.

Should I be worried that the products I’m handing out WILL cause health issues?

No! We want you to realize that our label doesn’t mean our products will cause cancer or reproductive harm – we’re simply following the law! Unfortunately, Prop 65 doesn’t give any exclusions or exemptions to the law. If there’s the tiniest trace of lead in the product it has to get labeled. (Even if it only has .0000000001%? Yep, still does!)

Still have questions? It’s okay, sometimes laws can be a bit confusing. 😊 Contact us and we’ll do our best to clear it up for you!

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