Welcome to the Hazardous Substance Free (HSF)Â Mark Movement:
A program that brings safe products choices for all.
What is the HSF Mark?
We tell our children to wash their hands routinely, clean the kitchen and bathroom thoroughly (since they tend to harbor the most germs), and buy eco-friendly cleaners to protect our planet. But, despite our best efforts, hazardous materials are still slipping into our homes and environment.Â
While you may know the basics of shopping for safe and environmentally friendly products, including the brands to look for, itâ€™s still easy to miss toxic ingredients that pose health risks. In fact, some hazardous materials, albeit small amounts, are allowed in the products we buy. The seven main substances to avoid when purchasing products include lead, cadmium, mercury, PBB, PBDE, hexavalent chromium and phthalates. These substances can be found in musical birthday cards, earrings, light bulbs, hair bands and brushes, school supplies, and even electronic toys.Â
There are over 140 million products manufactured worldwide. Itâ€™s nearly impossible to know the ingredients in these products, especially those made overseas. It is not satisfactory for manufacturers to simply tell us that their products are safe; they need to make detailed product information accessible for all of us. Stan H. Salot Jr., president/CEO of the HSF Markâ„˘ Alliance, believes that consumers have the right to know the type and amount of hazardous materials in the products we buy. To achieve this he developed the HSF (Hazardous Substance Free) Markâ„˘ which provides the solution consumers have been asking for years, both nationally and internationally.Â Â
How does the Mark work?
The HSF Markâ„˘ gives manufacturers a revolutionary way to show consumers that their products are safe. Companies that comply with industry standards and are validated by ongoing 3rd party testing are licensed to use the HSF Markâ„˘ or logo on product packaging. This way, consumers are assured that by purchasing products with the Mark, the materials used in production will not harm their families and their loved ones. Retailers that sell products with the HSF Markâ„˘ demonstrate their intent to remain on the leading edge of corporate social responsibility and their commitment to superior safety standards.