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0-Rated Ingredients

Principles for Restrictions and Use

At SC Johnson, we screen for about 4,600 materials as part of our regular ingredient evaluation process. About 2,500 of those are materials that could potentially have negative impacts according to regulatory and government bodies. As a result, we specify that many of them cannot be used at all, and some can only be used at a highly restricted level. The other 2,100 are materials we generally avoid because there isn't enough clear science one way or the other, or materials that have a negative public perception, even if that perception isn't supported by the science.

From this list of screened items, SC Johnson has two key lists used on a daily basis for our product development. These are our 0-rated materials list, which is part of our SC Johnson Greenlist process and identifies ingredients that should not be used in new products, and our SC Johnson Fragrance Palette, which identifies the subset of fragrance materials that are currently approved for use.

0-RATED MATERIALS: Our 0-rated materials list captures the short list of key ingredients that we've decided cannot be intentionally added to new products or can only be used at restricted levels. It grew from a “brownlist” started in the 1990s for chemicals we deemed unacceptable for use in our products.

Obviously, there are thousands more materials that we would not consider using, but that would not logically be considered for use in a household consumer product. This list focuses specifically on giving direction to SC Johnson product developers about ingredients they might consider for one reason or another but whose use we want to restrict.

While most of these ingredients meet legal and regulatory requirements and are considered acceptable by authorities, they simply don't meet our standards. They are restricted for new uses except in unique circumstances approved by senior leadership, and these exceptions require a defined exit plan for the ingredient. Where 0-rated materials are in use in existing products, we are working to eliminate them as reformulations occur.

Importantly, this list represents internal SC Johnson policy. It is not intended to indicate regulatory requirements and it does not indicate an assessment of risk to humans or the environment from any particular product.

Here's a look at the 0-rated materials list:
  • 1,1,1-Trichloroethane
  • 5-chloro-2-methyl-2H-isothiazol -3-one & 2-methyl-2H-isothiazol -3-one (3:1 mixture) > 15 ppm total active ingredients in liquid products, or > 50 ppm in solids
  • Alkyl phenol ethoxylates (APEs)
  • Alkyl phenols (APs)
  • Arsenic
  • Benzene
  • Benzidine-based dyes
  • Bisphenol A (BPA)
  • Borates, boric acid
  • Butylbenzylphthalate (BBP)
  • Butyl cellosolve (EGBE, 2be)
  • Carbaryl
  • Certain brominated flame retardants including PBBs, penta-PBDE, octa-PBDE, deca-PBDE
  • Chlorinated paraffins
  • Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)
  • Chlorpyrifos
  • Chromium salts, with the exception of insoluble metallic forms
  • C.I. Solvent Blue 36
  • C.I. Solvent Red 24
  • C.I. Solvent Yellow 14
  • D&C RED #28
  • Di-(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP)
  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
  • Dichlorvos (DDVP)
  • Diethyl phthalate (DEP)
  • EDTA and its salts
  • Epichlorhydrin
  • Ethyl acrylate
  • Ethylbenzene
  • Ethylene glycol monoethyl and monomethyl ether
  • Ethylene glycol monoethyl and monomethyl ether acetates
  • Fenitrothion
  • Formaldehyde
  • Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD)
  • Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)
  • Lead
  • Malathion
  • Methyl bromide
  • Methylene chloride
  • Mercury and mercury- containing compounds
  • Multiple materials that are perfluorinated or highly fluorinated, including PTFEs (e.g. Teflon), Zonyls, perfluorinated acrylate esters, perfluorinated alcohols, and perfluorinated alkanes
  • Naphthalene
  • N-hexane
  • N-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone
  • Nickel and nickel compounds
  • Nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA) and its salts
  • Nitro musks
  • Nylar
  • Octachlorodipropylether
  • o-Dichlorobenzene
  • p-Dichlorobenzene
  • Palm oil that's not sustainably sourced
  • Perchloroethylene
  • Perfluorooctane sulfonate and any PFOS chemistry, i.e., fluorads, Sulfluramid, LPOS
  • Permethrin
  • Phosphates > 0.1% (as P); > 0.5% (as P) for non-cleaning products (not designed for down-the-drain exposure), with the exception of insoluble zinc compounds or metallic forms
  • Phoxim
  • Phthalates including but not limited to BBP, DEHP, DBP and DEP
  • Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
  • Polyvinylidene chloride (PVDC)
  • Propoxur
  • Propylene glycol mono-t-butyl ether
  • Sodium nitrite > 0.3%; total nitrite > 0.4%
  • Styrene oxide
  • Thiourea
  • Toluene
  • Triclosan
  • Tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP)
  • Tris nonylphenyl phosphite (TNPP)
  • Volatile methyl siloxanes D4, D5 and D6
  • Xylene
  • Zinc > 300 ppm, with the exception of insoluble non-relevant forms