Racine, Wis. (September 20, 2007) - We were disappointed to learn of Natural Resources Defence Council's paper on air freshener products, and the subsequent media coverage. While we have great respect for NRDC's environmental mission, its paper on air fresheners appears to be biased and to make inaccurate generalizations based on the limited scope of the tests conducted.
SC Johnson takes very seriously the responsibility of providing products that families can use with confidence and our Glade® and Oust® air care products are safe and effective when used as directed.
SC Johnson is working closely with our industry associations to investigate the test NRDC conducted. On cursory review, it appears that:
- The Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) paper makes inaccurate generalizations about phthalates. While some have been shown to have adverse effects, many others have been deemed safe by the World Health Organization, Europe's Scientific Committee on Health and Environment Risks (SCHER), the Environmental Protection Agency, and other organizations. As an example, government agencies have judged that no regulatory or safety restrictions are required related to the level of diethyl phthalate (DEP) in consumer products.
- The NRDC test is too limited to be scientific – it evaluated only one sample of one fragrance of each of 14 air freshener products. This would not account for contamination, human error or numerous other variables that could occur with such a small sample.
- The paper also fails to note that the level of phthalates NRDC measured is far lower than that which could allegedly cause health issues. The levels identified are also far lower than those cited by government agencies, including the State of California, as indicating a potential health problem.
- The paper also ignores the fact that some phthalates in trace amounts are to be expected in almost any product. As an example, DEP is very common. The levels of DEP identified could easily have been found in many packaged products.
It is also disappointing to be highlighted in this study when, in fact, SC Johnson is a leader in responsible product chemistry:
- We developed our innovative Greenlist™ process to evaluate the raw materials in every SC Johnson product, and this enables our scientists to evaluate and select the best available ingredients based on their impact on human health and the environment.
- In fact, SC Johnson has been recognized by numerous organizations including the U.S. government for our leadership and responsibility through the Greenlist™ process.
- We use the Greenlist™ process to continually go beyond regulatory requirements and make our products even more responsible. For example, we have reformulated various products to reduce VOCs and have eliminated PVC and chlorine-bleached paperboard packaging from all our products worldwide.
- SC Johnson products meet or exceed the high standards and regulations set by government regulatory agencies in the United States, European Union or other global markets in which they are sold.
- Our safety evaluations take into consideration how products are used in the home, the most up-to-date safety information on the products and ingredients, and established safe exposure guidelines.
As a family company, nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of the families who use SC Johnson products. That's why it is so important for us to set the record straight, that when used according to label directions, consumers can continue to use Glade®, Oust® and all SC Johnson products with confidence.
SC Johnson is a family-owned and managed business dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, personal care and insect control. It markets such well-known brands as EDGE®, GLADE®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® Brand in the U.S., Canada, and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, ECHO®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, and MR. MUSCLE®. The 121-year old company, with over $7.5 billion in sales, employs approximately 12,000 people globally and sells products in more than 110 countries.