We believe in our right to know about the volume and type of toxins in our products.
HSF Mark: Consumer-Driven
Consumers are concerned about the possibility of hazardous substances in our everyday products. This concern is informed by frequent reports regarding contaminated food, toxins in cosmetics, chemicals in clothing, heavy metals in children's toys and mercury, lead and other hazardous substances in every day household items, appliances and electronics. Although some regulations have been introduced by governments and organizations throughout the world to address these growing concerns, many consumers remain skeptical that the existing rules do not offer adequate protection for our health and safety.
Why Support the HSF Mark?
1. Keep carcinogens out of your homes, gardens, cars: protect your health.
The amount of hazardous substances in the products that consumers use every day is significantly impacting people's health throughout the world. Affected products include household appliances, household electronics, personal computers, printers, network equipment, telephones, cell phones, pagers, portable electronic devices (PADs), video game equipment, toys, electric tools, sewing machines, medical devices, lighting, smoke detectors, thermostats, electric scales, carpets, couches, chairs: just to list some of the items identified by WEEE and RoHS.2. Support reuse and recycling that will not harm future generations.
Obsolescence of products is becoming a major issue as technology tools continue to accelerate. For example: more than 250 million personal computers became obsolete between 1999 and 2005. This had a major impact on landfills throughout the world. This impact continues as billions of electronic devices become obsolete every year, only to be replaced by the latest technology. If the products becoming obsolete are designed and manufactured to be free of hazardous substances and the waste management of these products includes responsible reuse and recycling, the global impact of obsolescence is significantly reduced.3. Keep your favorites retailers informed and accountable for selling safe products.
We decide how and where we spend our hard-earned money. We can become a powerful motivator to drive governments to enact protective legislation in the area of hazardous-substance-free products, but consumers are also strong motivators to drive industry to eliminate hazardous substances in the products that are manufactured and sold.