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right to know

 
There is a legal principle in the United States called “right to know”:

THE RIGHT TO KNOW

An individual has the right to know the toxic chemicals to which they may be exposed. This principle is embodied in federal law in the United States in as well as in local laws in several states.

But right to know laws are limited to community and workplace.
They do not apply to consumers or consumer products.

If we have a right to know the toxic chemicals to which we may be exposed in our daily living in our communities and in the workplace, we certainly ethically have the right to know the toxic chemicals to which we may be exposed in consumer products we bring into our homes and live with.

The way the laws are now, a worker has the right to know about toxic chemicals he or she is working with to make a consumer product, but a consumer does not have the right to know the chemicals of concern he or she is exposed to when they use this very same product.

We as well have the right to know which products do not contain toxic chemicals.