Get ready for another potential product ban in New York. Over the past few years, New York has been banning products that are bad for the environment, bad for animals, and bad for our health. There is a new bill in the Senate that would essentially ban certain personal care products that include ingredients on a list of chemicals that are deemed hazardous.

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Photo by Omkar Jadhav on Unsplash

Senate Bill S4265, which has been introduced via similar bills in other legislative sessions,

Provides for the regulation of ingredients in personal care products and cosmetics to include restricted substances which shall be provided on lists identified by the commissioner.

The current bill is sponsored by Senator Lea Webb, a Democrat from the 52nd Senate District. It would amend the environmental conservation law regulation of ingredients in personal care products and cosmetics in New York. According to the text of the bill, New Yorkers are exposed to many potentially toxic chemicals daily via their personal care products,

According to the Environmental Working Group, 'on average, women use 12 personal care products a day, exposing themselves to 168 chemical ingredients. Men use six, exposing themselves to 85 unique chemicals.'

The bill is currently in the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee.

New Law Bans Certain Laundry Detergent And Cleaners In New York State

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Photo by Crystal de Passillé-Chabot on Unsplash

New Law Protects Consumers In NY From Harmful Chemicals

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced the new law, which took effect on January 1, 2023. The law helps protect New Yorkers and the environment by reducing the amounts of harmful chemicals in detergents and cleaning products.

1,4-Dioxane is a synthetic industrial chemical by-product that is a contaminant in cleaners and laundry detergents. It has been found in groundwater and is costly to clean up from the environment. It also has potentially harmful effects on people, according to Safe Household Cleaning,

The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies 1,4-Dioxane as ‘possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B)’. The rating is from animal studies, in which exposure has been shown to increase the risk of liver and gallbladder carcinomas.

The new law sets the maximum allowable concentration of two parts per million of 1,4-dioxane in detergents and household cleaning products. The law will change again on December

31 of this year, changing the limit to 1 ppm for 1,4-dioxane in household cleaning products.

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