Lead, Proposition 65 and Warning Labels
Absorbent, Ink. works exclusively with suppliers who decorate products using materials that comply with current U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines for heavy metal standards. California does not recognize the Federal standards, choosing to enforce its own standards as defined in The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 - often referred to as Proposition 65. This legislation applies only to California and does not ban any product. It simply requires either compliance with the California law or the use of individual product warning labels.
We have many products, primarily in our drinkware categories, which may require a warning label under this California law. Orders shipping directly or indirectly to California may require Proposition 65 warning labels. Additional fees may apply. If your items will be shipped to California directly or indirectly, please inform us in writing prior to your order entering production. It is the purchaser's responsibility to notify Absorbent, Ink. in advance of shipments to California or eventual indirect shipments to California.
Our industry continues to work towards replacing inks that contain trace amounts of lead. For many drinkware products, we may be able to substitute with zinc-based or organic-based inks. These inks still tend to be less durable and lack the luster of traditional inks. Colors and imprints are less consistent with zinc and organic-based inks at this time. Please contact our Client Service Department with any specific questions about specific products.
For more information concerning Proposition 65, please visit: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/prop65.html