California Proposition 65

If you shop for home products online, you may have seen this warning. But, what is it? And, we don’t live in California, so do we care?

We do. And, so should you.

California Proposition 65 is also known as the “Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986”. This proposition requires businesses to alert consumers of significant exposure to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.

Y’all… it’s not worth it.

This proposition also alerts us to the products that may endanger our drinking water (ie. lead). One of our first jobs as designers is to ensure that I am providing selections for healthy and sustainable interior spaces. We are surprised that this proposition is not nationwide. At Waldron Designs, we understand that our client’s make the ultimate decision, and when that decision involves a product with these kinds of warnings, we are forced to remove liability and note that these are client selected items. And yes, it happens… often.

My message is short and simple today. It may be hard to find exactly the item on our minds, impossible even. What we have available on the market is guided by popularity and trends. It may not be the exact perfect item that was spotted on Pinterest, but the products we specify have met safety regulations. And, while form is beautiful, your life is more beautiful.