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Continuous Improvement

At SC Johnson, we understand that it isn't just important what's inside our products; what's NOT inside matters a lot too. 

Over the years, it’s natural that as new studies are completed, new information occasionally comes to light that makes a particular ingredient less desirable.

While all SC Johnson products meet legal and regulatory requirements, in many cases we choose to go beyond the requirements and replace less desirable ingredients with those that we believe have a better environmental or health profile.

Here are a few examples...

In 1975, we voluntarily and unilaterally eliminated chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) from our aerosol products worldwide – a full three years before the U.S. mandate to do so, because of concerns about CFCs impact on the ozone layer.

In 1993, we eliminated paradichlorobenzene (PDCB) in toilet products because it affects ozone in the upper atmosphere and is also a water contaminant that may accumulate in the food chain.

In 2002, we eliminated polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from our packaging because of concerns about chlorinated chemicals used in the manufacture of PVC and traces of dioxin that can form during disposal by incineration.

Also in 2002, we eliminated chlorine-bleached paperboard packaging because the chlorine can cause contamination of air and water.

In 2004, we eliminated the organophosphate insecticide DDVP because of links to human health and environmental risk.

In 2006, we eliminated another insecticide, propoxur, because of its toxicity and persistence in the environment.

In 2008, we began working with our suppliers to have them eliminate phthalates from the fragrances they supply for our products because of consumer concerns about the larger class of substances in the phthalate family. The phase-out will be completed by 2012.

In 2011, we announced we are working toward only purchasing palm oil-based ingredients that originate sustainable sources.

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