Businesses need an easier path to selling toxin-free baby products
By Tony Fuentes, Milagros Boutique
Tony Fuentes is the owner of Milagros Boutique and president of the VOIS Business Alliance.
As parents, my wife and I know firsthand how important it is to make sure that the toys, bottles and household items we provide for our kids are safe.
That’s why as owners of a baby boutique, we are committed to only selling items that are free of toxic chemicals and safe for the families who put their trust in us. We have embraced this pledge to our customers every day since we first opened Milagros nearly 10 years ago.
Unfortunately, under current Oregon law, this is easier said than done. The simple truth is that it is difficult for even the most dedicated business to be certain that the products they sell to children are free of dangerous toxic chemicals.
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a toxic chemical linked to cancer and reproductive problems. BPA is one of the chemicals we have strived to keep out of every product offered at Milagros. About seven years ago, we started researching water bottle options for our children and for our customers. We asked every vendor we considered if their bottles were BPA-free.
The water bottle company we initially selected, a Swiss company that had been in business for nearly a century, assured us that there was no evidence of BPA in their products. However, they would not provide us a complete list of what was in the lining of their bottles because it was “a trade secret.”
Since there was nothing that required them to do so, we could only rely on their word. A few years later, the manufacturer admitted that their bottles did contain BPA.
This was devastating news for us. Not only had we failed to protect our children from BPA, we had also undermined our commitment to our customers.
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