WHY IS THERE A PROP 65 WARNING ON MY PURCHASE?
We get it: seeing a warning sticker on that gorgeous new dresser you purchased can definitely raise an eyebrow. Here’s the gist: Proposition 65 is a California law that requires businesses to include a warning on any products that may contain quantifiable amounts of certain chemicals, many of which are naturally occurring in the air, water, and soil. That’s why you’ll see a Prop 65 warning on products shipped to California or to retailers who sell our products in California. It’s more commonplace than you might think—you’ll find Prop 65 warnings at hotels, gas stations, airports, golf courses, public parks, and, of course, on consumer products (like ours). It’s even on household products like aspirin, alcoholic beverages, and beauty items. For more information go to www.p65warnings.ca.gov.
WHAT IS PROP 65?
Glad you asked: California’s Proposition 65, also called the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, was enacted in 1986. As part of the law, the state is required to publish a list of chemicals that are "known to the state of California to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity." The list is updated at least once a year and now contains around 900 different chemicals. The complete list can be found on the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) website.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
Similar to organic food labeling, it’s intended to help California residents make informed decisions. Scientists classify the chemicals on this list as probable carcinogens, meaning that they might cause cancer in some people. But not all of them are known to cause cancer by groups and experts outside the state of California. This means that not every compound labeled as a possible cancer-causing substance has been proven to the worldwide scientific community to actually cause cancer.
SHOULD I BE CONCERNED?
Please be assured that all Z Gallerie products easily fall within federally mandated safety levels for any toxic chemical, compound, or element. Think of Prop 65 as the state of California taking every precaution possible to give its residents the “Right to Know.” The standards are very stringent— for example, the level for warnings for reproductive toxicants is 1000 times lower than the lowest level at which animal studies reported no reproductive health effect. To put this into perspective, the OEHHA has determined that the daily intake level of such a chemical at 5.4 micrograms per day will result in one case of cancer in an exposed population of 100,000—over a 70-year lifetime. Feel like pouring through the research? Read through it here
We want you to know that we are 100% dedicated to bringing you the finest quality home furnishings and decor. We’re thrilled to have you as a loyal Z fan today and for the future.Thank you,
THE Z TEAM
More safety resources:
California flammability standard, Technical Bulletin 117: https://www.bearhfti.ca.gov/industry/tb_117_faq_sheet.pdf