Like most Americans, I'm in the middle of Christmas shopping. One of the items my son mentioned needing was a new pair of work boots. As I'm looking around online at various sites, one thing started to jump out at me as I became aware of it on a number of boot listings I was finding on name-brand sites.
They won't ship to California.
So after I saw it on another boot listing I did a quick internet check and found this;
Many .com sites and boot makers aren't shipping to California because of their Prop 65 law and the steep penalties involved.
The Justin boot brand posted this explanation on their website;
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You may have seen the following warning label on our products:
⚠ WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
We appreciate your concerns about the California Proposition 65 warning placed on our footwear. The label does not mean that our products will necessarily cause cancer or reproductive harm. While we believe our products are not harmful when used as designed (that means wear your boots, don't eat or lick them!), we provide the warning as a result of the California law.
What is Prop 65?
The state of California has enacted the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 generally referred to as "Proposition 65". Proposition 65 is a far reaching law and applies to any company that operates in California, sells products in California, or manufactures products that may be sold in or brought into California.
Proposition 65 requires warning labels on any product that contains or may contain any of the 700-plus elements that California Air Resources Board considers harmful. Many of the elements listed under Proposition 65 have been routinely used in everyday consumer items for years without documented harm.
The penalties for not complying with Proposition 65 are steep. As a result of the steep penalties and because there is no penalty for providing an unnecessary warning, Justin Brands and many other manufacturers have elected to provide the Proposition 65 notice out of an abundance of caution in order to avoid the potential for liability.
For more information about Proposition 65 visit http://www.oehha.ca.gov/prop65/getNSRLs.html
As I paid attention to this a little more today and continued shopping for some other items I found it listed on items such as body lotion and skincare product sites, perfumes, water filters, air filters, lamps (due to an energy consumption law), some home decor, hiking boots, 3D printer filaments and more... oh so much more.
What I found funny-not-funny about this is that I used to LIVE in Southern California. They won't allow you to buy a pair of work boots online and have them shipped to you without penalties to the manufacturer, but I used to stand in the doorway of our home, not far from orange groves, and watch the planes and helicopters spraying malathion on the fields. As the cancer-causing pesticide drifted in the air, I could smell it so I knew I was breathing it.
California is OK with malathion spraying but don't you dare try to buy and have delivered a pair of boots or certain body lotions from the Body Shop!
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