Proposition 65

Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, was enacted as a ballot initiative in the state of California. The proposition was intended by its authors to protect California citizens and the State’s drinking water sources from chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm, and to inform citizens about exposure to such chemicals.

Proposition 65 requires the state to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer, or reproductive toxicity. This list may be viewed by accessing the following website:

Proposition 65 requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase. By providing this information, Proposition 65 enables Californians to make informed decisions about protecting themselves from exposure to these chemicals.

What URBN is Doing About It 

URBN is providing a “clear and reasonable” warning before knowingly and intentionally exposing anyone to a listed chemical. This warning is provided by the labeling on or near all consumer products known to contain chemicals that pose an unacceptable risk to carcinogens and/or reproductive toxicants.

In order to effectively warn our Californian customers, URBN requires its vendors to be familiar with the requirements outlined in Proposition 65. Vendors are required to notify their buyer if a product contains one or more of a listed chemical. In addition, vendors are also required to provide warning materials and language to URBN.

While vendors must inform their buyer if a product, or its packaging, contains a listed chemical, URBN may contact vendors as part of its due diligence process. Vendors may be requested to provide test reports and supporting documentation to ensure compliance with Proposition 65.

For more details on California Proposition 65, please visit the following website:

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