• List of Products Covered by California Proposition 65: An Overview

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    California Prop 65 Product List

    California Proposition 65 regulates chemicals and heavy metals in consumer products sold in the state of California. In this guide, we list some products covered by CA Prop 65, including clothing textiles, accessories, watches and more.

    What is California Proposition 65?

    CA Prop 65 restricts more than 800 chemicals and heavy metals in consumer products. For example, textiles containing excessive amounts of lead (as in, above the set limits) cannot be sold in California. That said, there are some exemptions for small companies, and if the products carry a warning label.

    CA Prop 65 compliance can only be verified through third-party lab testing. Most major testing companies, such as Intertek and QIMA offers CA Prop 65 testing.

    Apparel & Textiles

    Some restricted chemical substances and heavy metals by California Proposition 65 could be found in apparel and textile products, such as phthalates, lead, and cadmium. These chemical substances are used during the manufacturing processes of textiles and their accessories.

    Examples

    • PU leather skirts and pants
    • Vinyl shirts
    • Hats
    • Belts
    • Scarves
    • Gloves
    • Clasps

    Jewelry and Accessories

    California Proposition 65 regulates the amount of heavy metals and other substances contained in jewelry. One of the most notable chemicals that are used during the manufacturing process of jewelry is cadmium, which often added to jewelry to impart specific technical and functional attributes to the metals.

    Other than cadmium, the following toxic heavy metal substances are often found for the making of the jewelry, which is banned or restricted by California Prop 65:

    • Lead
    • Nickle
    • PVC
    • Antimony
    • Arsenic
    • Chromium

    Below you find some examples of products that might contain the above-mentioned restricted substances.

    Examples

    • Bracelets
    • Necklaces
    • Anklets
    • Rings
    • Pearl products
    • Crystal and glass jewelry
    • Gem products

    Watches

    A long list of toxic chemicals is restricted by California Proposition 65 to be used in the making of watches and its components such as the strap, case, and others, such as lead, nickel, PVC, antimony, arsenic, chromium, mercury, barium, cadmium, or selenium.

    Examples

    • Plastic Watches
    • Stainless Steel Watches
    • Ceramic Watches
    • Wooden Watches
    • Watch straps

    Toys

    Toxic chemicals such as flame retardant chemical, phthalate, PVC, hydrogen cyanide could sometimes be found in the coatings of plastic toys. Such substances are banned or restricted by California Proposition 65 in the use of consumer products, including toys.

    Other than toys that are made of plastic, toys that contain or made of materials such as plush, fabric, wood, ceramic, rubber or other materials, could contain restricted toxic substances under the regulation of California Proposition 65.

    Examples

    • Plastic toys
    • Plush dolls
    • Wooden toys
    • Ceramic toys

    Electronics

    Toxic chemical substances and heavy metals that can be found within the electronic products (including the casing) include lead, PBDE, antimony, PVC and more. All the above-mentioned chemical substances are restricted or banned to be used by California Proposition 65.

    However, California Proposition 65 only regulates the concentration and usage of toxins, chemical substances, and heavy metals and other pollutants in electronic products.

    Electric safety and standards are not covered by CA Prop 65, importers should refer to other federal or state electrical safety codes or regulations like CPSC, CPSA, FCC, or UL standards, although the latter is often voluntary.

    Examples

    • Headphones
    • Speakers
    • LED lighting
    • A/C adapters

    Furniture

    Newly-purchased furniture generally gives out odors that contain harmful chemical substances such as formaldehyde, ammonia, benzene, TVOC, and other volatile organic gas. Fluoride and fire retardants are also very commonly detected in various kinds of sofas, which can cause health issues such as liver cancer, kidney cancer, reproductive and developmental issues to the users.

    Examples

    • Chemical fiber carpet
    • Upholstered Furniture
    • Wooden chairs
    • Desks

    Beauty & Care Products

    In recent years, reports against cosmetic products on exceeding amounts of toxins has been heard more often. Non-compliant cosmetics often contain heavy metal substances such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, nickel, asbestine, formaldehyde, toluene. These toxins can cause harm to the skin, brain and nervous system and even cancer and, as such, they are under the purview of California Proposition 65.

    Examples

    • Eyeliners
    • Eyeshadows
    • Concealer
    • Blush
    • Lipsticks

    Stationery Accessories

    Stationery products such as erasers and correction fluid sometimes contain dangerously high concentrations of multiple chemicals that are listed in California Proposition 65 as restricted substances harmful to human health.

    For example, one of the most commonly detected categories of toxic chemical substances is plasticizers, which are often used in erasers. An excessive amount of plasticizers could pose a serious threat to a child’s health, since a lot of children use erasers on a daily basis, and some of them have a habit of sucking or biting the erasers.

    Examples

    • Erasers
    • correction fluid
    • Pens
    • Highlighter
    • Oil pastels
    • Book protectors
    • Notebook

    Additional Resources

    1. California Proposition 65 – OEHHA

    2. About California Proposition 65 – Amazon Guidelines

    3. List of California Proposition 65 Product Testing Companies

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  • 5 Responses to “List of Products Covered by California Proposition 65: An Overview

    1. Emily C at 6:46 am

      Is there an easy way to find out, in a state other than California, now that companies are not required to list the warning as California does with prop 65 to determine if the product contains any of these dangerous toxins and chemicals?

      I have noticed many things in my state do still have the warning, however, others have taken the the warning away.

      I do not wish to buy anything with these chemicals in it, and I’m not sure of an effective and efficient way to determine what is contained in products without the warning in my state.

      I appreciate any help and advice!

      As posted before me, I echo- why are we really allowing this?! (Really, really- golly…) Seems like a no-brainer to me for the entire World’s health, longevity, sustainability…. Sure, I think we used to make buildings with asbestos cheaper previously, too… You know, until it started killing everyone! Bewildered I am, too, indeed.

    2. Jas at 8:04 pm

      I got a socket extender from amazon instead of going to the dollar store. Now I am so concerned with this warning, ima seriously considering returning the item. Why sell dangours item to begin with?

      1. Fredrik Gronkvist at 1:19 pm

        I guess there are many reasons. Compliance comes at a cost – both in terms of the materials/hardware and the paperwork around that. Many consumers value low price over safety (including exposure to harmful chemicals).

    3. Linda McElroy at 6:53 am

      JUST ORDERED BEDSPREAD WITH PROP 65 HOW SERIOUS IS THIS AND WHY THE HELL DO THEY USE SOMETHING THAT CAN CAUSE CANCER I LIVE IN ARIZONA NEVER KNEW ABOUT THIS LAW

      1. Fredrik Gronkvist at 11:48 am

        Hi Linda,

        Yes, good question. That said, there are many substances that cause cancer. But the fact that it’s labeled doesn’t mean the material is necessarily more “dangerous” than a product without a label.

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