Wall Street Journal

April 2, 2009

Household Products Start to Come Clean on Ingredients by Anjali Athavaley

You can read a label to find out what’s in your food. And a quick look inside a collar or hem tells you what your clothes are made of. Now, the same is happening with the stuff you use to clean your kitchen and bathroom….

Health and environmental groups are concerned that some chemicals in household cleaners could contribute to asthma or respiratory problems, especially if consumers aren’t aware of their presence. The groups say they welcome the industry’s plans to boost disclosure, but say the efforts don’t go far enough. Rather than signing on to a voluntary initiative, these groups say companies should be required to participate. They say ingredients should be listed on product labels, rather than on Web sites, so they are available to consumers before purchase…. ( read more…)