Exacting Ingredient Standards Heidi Raatikainen, Associate Scientist

2012 Corporate Responsibility Report

Exacting Ingredient Standards Heidi Raatikainen, Associate Scientist “It’s not just the right formula that matters; it’s the raw materials as well. We ensure the quality of our ingredients through strict ingredient standards and rigorous testing. We adhere to the Precautionary Principle, meaning that substances are guilty until proven innocent in our eyes. “We do our own research examining lab results and reviewing literature on each of our ingredients and others in the same family. Our switch to plant-based sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) in our cleaning products demonstrates the care we take in ingredient selection. For years, we used sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES) as a surfactant while we worked to eliminate a problematic byproduct: 1,4-dioxane. Switching to SLS proved effective but there was a public perception that it is harmful. We investigated each issue and found that the only negative impact from SLS is that it can be an irritant. Our chemists were able to develop formulas where that is not a problem. We are happy to see that some of our competitors are also following suit. “We conduct a multi-faceted review of our ingredients that encompasses potential health and environmental safety concerns. These include reviewing ingredients as possible carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, sensitizers, mutagens, and the list goes on. We do not want to put chemicals of concern in our products. Our review is first and foremost to ensure that the ingredients meet our own high standards, but also to support any claims (such as no animal products). Our material suppliers provide 13 types of documentation covering topics including the plant-based percentage, biodegradability, country of origin, and proof the ingredient meets the Leaping Bunny standard (no animal testing).” "We adhere to the Precau-tionary Principle, meaning that substances are guilty until proven innocent in our eyes." Heidi R. R 16  Seventh Generation, Inc. | FUTURE TENSE: Corporate Consciousness Report for 2012 Nurturing Nature


2012 Corporate Responsibility Report
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