California is "accelerating the quest for safer products"

California is "accelerating the quest for safer products"

Clothing has been named as one of seven product categories that will be investigated over the next three years by California's Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) as it formulates its California Green Chemistry Draft Priority Work Plan.

The agency is ultimately working to name specific product chemical combinations for consideration as potential priority products for which safer alternatives must be evaluated.

The draft work plan names clothing as a product category of interest along with chemicals or chemical classes added to clothing.

Launched in 2007, California's Green Chemistry Initiative included six policy recommendations to reduce public and environmental exposure to toxic chemicals. The Safer Consumer Products (SCP) programme is the most prominent pillar of these, and is the vehicle to achieve the policy recommendation to "accelerate the quest for safer products."

According to the draft plan, potential candidate chemicals in clothing products include alkyl phenol & ethoxylates (surfactant); aromatic amines and azo dyes (colourant, dye, pigment); chlorinated paraffins, halogenated compounds, and organophosphates (flame retardant); perfluorinated compounds and formaldehyde (repellent - water, oil, stain, wrinkle); phthalates (plasticizer); and triclosan (antimicrobial agent, material preservative).

With sales of around $26bn in 2012 were around $26bn, clothing is California's fourth largest taxable commodity.