Understanding the California Proposition 65 Warning labels
Proposition 65, officially named the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, was passed into law in 1986 by the state of California with the original intent of protecting drinking water sources from chemical contamination. However, since 1986 the scope of the law has grown to include such common substances as wood dust, brass and PVC. There are officially over 800 ingredients and chemicals on the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) list of a carcinogen or reproductive toxicants. Many of the 800+ chemicals and substances are common ingredients and materials found in a variety of household goods such as lotions, jewelry, lamps, lead crystal glasses, automobiles, and furniture.
The Proposition 65 Warning Label is required by law on all products that may contain any of these ingredients and materials. You will find the Proposition 65 label on such everyday items as balsamic vinegar, boots and shoes, and prepackaged firewood.
One of the substances found on the Prop 65 list of potentially harmful materials is wood dust. As there is always a chance of wood dust or one of the other substances listed on Proposition 65 being present in our furniture, we are forced to include Proposition 65 warnings on all of our products. Under California law, there is a risk of large fines for not warning consumers and therefore, the specified warning label is placed on each piece of furniture SIXINCH® North America sells. Further, the exact wording on the label is mandated by California law to read, “This product contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm.”
While the warning label is only required for items sold to California, SIXINCH North America has decided to label every piece of furniture we make with the California Proposition 65 warning regardless of its destination.
SIXINCH North America is committed to our employees, associates, and customers as a responsible domestic manufacturer of high-end furniture. Be assured that we do everything possible to prevent harmful chemicals from coming into contact with you and your family.