Toxic Packaging Reduction Act
Rhode Island restricts the use of lead, cadmium, mercury, and hexavalent chromium in packaging. The law prohibits the offer for sale of packages, packaging components, and products in packaging containing these four substances in any concentration, if intentionally added. The law also limits the total concentration of all four substances when incidentally present in packages and packaging components to 100 ppm by weight.
R.I. GEN. LAWS § 23-18.13-1 et. seq.
Hazardous Chemicals – Contamination of Breast Milk and the Environment
In 2006, Rhode Island enacted a law restricting the manufacture and distribution of flame retardants containing pentaBDE or octaBDE. Effective January 1, 2007, a person may not manufacture, process, or distribute in commerce a product or a flame-retardant part of a product containing more than 0.1% of pentaBDE or octaBDE.
R.I. GEN. LAWS § 23-13.4-1 et seq.