California’s Prop 65 requires that a “clear and reasonable warning” be provided by any Company that manufactures, produces, assembles, processes, handles, distributes, stores, sells, or otherwise transfers a consumer product within California which may contain a chemical known to the state of California that can cause cancer or reproductive harm.
We are fully committed to providing the highest quality, safest products for our customers. All of our products meet applicable federal safety and warning requirements, standards and regulations as enforced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. California is the only state with the Prop 65 requirements.
Quality procedures are in place as part of our product safety initiative throughout our supply chain. We have specifically focused on testing for any lead or cadmium content as they are the primary concerns of Prop 65 in California. Our testing is designed to confirm that our materials meet the standards set by California Prop 65. However, because every product that ships to California cannot reasonably be tested for the 900+ chemicals listed, the only other option is to include a warning label, even though it may not be necessary.
The requirements are intended to be overly strict. For example, for a cancer-causing chemical, according to the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, “a person exposed to a chemical at the ‘no significant risk level’ for 70 years would not have more than a ‘one in 100,000’ chance of developing cancer as a result of that exposure.” So, if there could be more than one case of cancer out of 100,000 people over a period of 70 years because of exposure to that amount of the substance, you have to include a warning.
Prop 65 is not limited to apparel. There is a wide range of categories. For example, Amazon.com outlines the required warnings for California consumers placed on tools, lead crystal glasses, ceramic tableware, jewelry, Tiffany lamps, headsets, electrical devices, beauty products, and even motor vehicles. Restaurants and coffee shops now post the same warning signage.