Companies Reveal Prop 65 Chemicals in ICT Products on Amazon

Consumers and businesses shopping for ICT gear and accessories can see which products contain potentially hazardous chemicals. This is due to a state of California (USA) law requiring such disclosure. Shopping on Amazon illustrates how this works.

California's Proposition 65 " requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment...The [Prop 65] list contains a wide range of naturally occurring and synthetic chemicals that are known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm."

Shopping on Amazon illustrates how this works, since Amazon products are sold in California. Searching Amazon Electronics for 'Proposition 65' yields ~250 hits.

Not all hits are negative. An Accell HDMI cable says that "GreenCables are manufactured to the stringent Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive and California's Proposition 65 standard, enacted to promote clean drinking water and keep toxic substances that cause cancer and birth defects out of consumer products."

Most hits are disclosures of Prop 65 issues. The challenge is where to find the disclosures. Some are in the Product Details section, where a line clearly states "California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 warning." Other products embed the warning in the Product Description text.

Green ICT shoppers need to read carefully and be on the lookout for Prop 65 warnings.