Why Make Products in China?

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Our customers expect a lot from us, but we expect even more from ourselves. Our goal is always to “make things better.” It’s an all-encompassing, high-level brand ethos that challenges us to do our best every day in all things we do. It guides how we make our products, how we source raw materials, who we choose as partners, how we serve our customers, and much, much more. It’s everything — and it’s no easy task.

In our efforts to reach our comprehensive, unapologetically higher standards, we’ve learned we need to explore within and beyond our borders to find best-in-class partners. Whether it’s finding the best ingredients or the best manufacturing facilities, you just never know where you’re going to find partners who not only have the capabilities to meticulously craft the exceptional products we create, but also share our vision of creating a better world. As many of you have noticed, we’ve selected to make some of our products in China and that’s raised a few eyebrows and yellow flags with some of our customers.

With a history of product recalls, less than optimal working conditions, and deleterious environmental impacts, China’s overall reputation in the eyes of global consumers has been less than stellar. So, why would The Honest Company decide to source from China (with collaborators) or directly make our high standard, high quality Honest goods there? It’s a question we’ve gotten a few times — we’d ask, too! The decision-making process has been an eye-opening journey of deep investigation, relationship building, and weighing pros and cons, and today we’d like to share what we’ve learned and why we chose to make some of our products, like our Honest Wipes, in China.

1. Infrastructure & Efficiency

China has been a global hub for manufacturing for decades, and they’ve gotten really good at it. Their ability to create the infrastructure and systems to support and adapt to manufacturing needs is pretty much bar none. From material sourcing to shipping logistics, everything functions like a well-oiled machine creating unparalleled efficiency. One vital piece of this machine is the ability to quickly create injection molds and manufacturing lines for hard goods. It may make your eyes glaze over, but the engineers and contractors we found are like magicians, taking days or weeks as opposed to months or years to help us turn our vision into reality. That means we can test prototypes more efficiently and be nimble to customer requests for design refinements and new products.

2. Cost

For many of our hard goods (like our stroller or diaper caddy), if we were to make them domestically (which is always our primary objective!), we have found the end result would be far too expensive (for Honest and in turn our customers). And, at the end of the day, we are committed to ensuring that our eco-friendly, effective, natural products aren’t prohibitively expensive to you. We want to hit a level of accessibility that ALL families can afford, as we truly believe every baby deserves the best we can create for them. In the big picture, lower cost on some of these items means greater access, and we get to achieve our mission of education, helping more children and families, and providing more public benefit overall.

3. Quality

Even though we’re conscientious about cost (who isn’t?), it’s extremely important to note that we NEVER compromise on quality. We ask A LOT from our partners. They, like us, have to go the extra mile when it comes to safety, sustainability, labor practices, and more (read our Suppliers Code of Conduct). Our team on the ground in China is very hands-on to ensure every part of the process lives up to Honest standards.

A few examples:

  • They must source top quality raw materials from farms and partners close to the factories to minimize transportation and carbon footprint.

  • They must have on-site water purification methods to ensure the highest purity and filtration.

  • They must personally have a program for sustainability — best practices, goals, and processes.

  • They must recycle all scraps and waste materials.

  • They must meet all international good manufacturing standards, like GMPc, cGMP, ISO 9001: 2008, and exceed all fair labor practices.

Also, they have a comprehensive audit system in place (100% available to Honest and our third party audit teams) so they can continually monitor quality control protocols, fair labor practices, health and safety, compensation and work hours, environmental impacts, and more.

Even though we wouldn’t trust any old manufacturer in China, most have had to step it up in terms of quality to attract customers because Chinese labor costs are no longer the lowest in the world. And a small handful exceed all other global competition (like the ones we found). It’s a simple fact that just because there’s a stereotype, it doesn’t mean it’s universally applicable. All Chinese manufacturers are not created equal — just as all U.S., European, North and South American, and Asian manufacturers are not.

Ultimately, we realize there is more work to be done. The final piece of the puzzle we’re focused on is fulfilling our own commitment to sustainability and reducing the carbon footprint of importing goods that have to travel longer distances. To bridge that gap, we’re hard at work currently reviewing options for fully offsetting our carbon impact. Our goal is to have something in place in the next couple of months.

At The Honest Company, we never claim to be perfect, but we’re always trying to do things better. We don’t make any of these decisions lightly — our responsibility to you, your children, our children, and our children’s children is at the heart of everything we do and we take that very seriously. Hopefully, everything we’ve outlined here demonstrates how comprehensive our decision-making process is and how deliberate we are about every little detail.

Thank you for caring!

Here is the list of Honest products made in China:

  • Wipes
  • Dish Brush
  • Dish Towels
  • Suds Up
  • Diaper Caddy
  • Beco Baby Carrier

76 Comments

  1. Graciele_Gra

    This is very interesting, and an eye opening to not commit the stereotype.

  2. Really looking forward to using Honest products. Just waiting till you can ship to Guam <3

  3. I think the Honest Company should supply a list of all the products that they’re making in China for those customers who don’t want to support the moving of American jobs over to China yet again. All this does is strengthen China’s growing economy, while slowly ruining America’s. I’m really disappointed that the Honest Co. decided to make even some of its products in China. Not to mention, I noticed that your products made in the U.S. say “Proudly made in the USA,” so what are you going to say about your products made in China, “Shamefully made in China?” I love these products and I’m so disappointed that any of them are being created in China.

  4. Rosalinda

    I agree with Katie, growing the American economy and supporting American jobs is what is most important, I understand that it should be affordable but how do we make more American products while keeping them affordable? That is the missing link I suppose. Hoping you are guys are keeping to your roots while still allowing your company to grow… in the right direction. Growth should not be the only business objective. I support your company because I believe in moral and ethical business practices from the ground up.

  5. Samantha

    I’m pretty disappointed that you are making anything in China! Unless you have people over there 24/7 monitoring the facilities and testing every batch of wipes or whatever, then all this is just talk & I’m not sure it’s safe. Come, on, the wipes!? They taint baby formula and now you are going to trust them to make other baby products? Maybe your standards arent as high as i thought they were.

    As a soon to be mother, I was really looking forward to signing up for the diaper/wipes bundle but now I’m going to have to seriously consider other USA made products instead. It was already on my budget spreadsheet! My heart sank a little reading this article.

    I’m with Katie, I want to see a list of ALL the products now being made in China. One of the biggest factors in using your products was that they were USA made. I absolutely love my Honest cleaning supplies and tell my hubby all the time how great they are. I really hope you reconsider this.

  6. Kristine

    I also agree with Samantha and Katie. I have been a member since the very beginning and I was proud to say I used “Honest products”. Now I don’t know how Honest they are? I kinda feel lied too a bit. I don’t know if we will continue our diaper and cleaning product bundles. I know I would rather pay more for products made in the USA..

  7. Another thing I don’t understand is, if the Honest Co. is doing as it says and making sure that fair labor practices are put into place and neither the quality of the product, the facility, or workers’ health and pay are at risk then I just don’t understand why it would be so much cheaper to make these products in China than in the USA. Most companies find it cheaper to make their products in China because there is less emphasis put on the safety of the materials going into the product or because there is less emphasis put on fair wages and health/safety standards for the people creating said products. If either of these is being overlooked by the Honest Co. in the move to China then I just don’t see how honest the company is really being. I don’t know about anyone else but I wouldn’t mind paying a few extra dollars to make sure the products i’m buying are being made in the U.S. and are up to American standards. Again, I really love the Honest Co. and I want to keep buying from them! But as is, I will only continue to purchase goods from the Honest Co. that are made in the US.

  8. Wipes= China

    Dish brush/ Suds Up=China

    Cotton baby carrier= China

    Diaper caddy= China

    Baby Teether= China

    City mini GT stroller= China

    Swim diapers= China

    Dish towels= China

    Diapers AND Training pants= Mexico

    Scrubber sponges= Canada

    Bear hat= Canada

    Organic knit blanket= Peru

    Canvas Tote= India

  9. National Wiper Alliance

    We have sent you a vendor inquiry. We make dry baby wipes for the hospitals and we would love to make them for Honest. We are located in Western North Carolina and we are one of the only nonwoven companies that is Registered to ISO 9001:2008 Standards for quality control. Our wipes are eco-friendly, chemical-free with no additives, biodegradable, not expensive, non-linting, and extremely safe and soft for babies. Our president even used them on his baby girl and its the top choice for hospitals, all that is needed is water. Please contact me to discuss this further because we would love to help bring your wipes stateside to improve the carbon footprint and the quality since our company strives to be eco-friendly.

  10. Hi Rosalinda – Thank you for your support and concern! We take your comments and opinions very seriously and appreciate you taking the time to discuss them with us.

    Ideally, we would like to support American jobs, but it’s not just a matter of choosing one facility over another – it’s a matter of finding a facility that has the capacity to make what we’re making, using the materials we use, according to the standards we have established.

    The fact of the matter is that there are no manufacturing facilities currently in the U.S. that have the capacity to make our products to our specifications and we’re not a big enough company to invest in building them from the ground up. With your continued support, maybe some day we will be. It’s a delicate and complicated balancing act trying to make our products and for the time being, this was the best choice for us after weighing all the factors. We do hope you understand!

  11. Hi Samantha,

    Thanks for your support of Honest (and congrats on your soon-to-be)! We appreciate your concern and hope you’ll re-consider your position.

    The manufacturing location is specified on every product (it’s primarily hard goods – not cleaners or body care products) and we’ve never tried to mislead or lie to anyone in this respect. It’s our ethos to be honest! And, that’s why we wrote this blog post, despite it pretty much being an open invitation to criticism. We own it. Manufacturing in China is not perfect. We’re not perfect — we’re always just trying to do better.

    But, there’s no reason to distrust our decision. Simply because there was an incident in China regarding tainted formula (among other recalls over the years), doesn’t mean everything manufactured there is un-safe. Products in the U.S. are often recalled, too. It’s a private manufacturing issue – not always a regulatory one (incidentally, China’s government is actually much harsher than the U.S. in regards to corporate punishment on these infractions).

    Our standards are VERY high and we’ll re-iterate what we stated in the blog post:

    “Even though we wouldn’t trust any old manufacturer in China, most have had to step it up in terms of quality to attract customers because Chinese labor costs are no longer the lowest in the world. And a small handful exceed all other global competition (like the ones we found). It’s a simple fact that just because there’s a stereotype, it doesn’t mean it’s universally applicable. All Chinese manufacturers are not created equal — just as all U.S., European, North and South American, and Asian manufacturers are not.”

    The fact of the matter is that there are no manufacturing facilities currently in the U.S. that have the capacity to make our products to our specifications and we’re not a big enough company to invest in building them from the ground up. With your continued support, maybe some day we will be. It’s a delicate and complicated balancing act trying to make our products and for the time being, this was the best choice for us after weighing all the factors. We hope you understand!

  12. Hi Kristine,

    Thank you SO much for being one of our original members! We appreciate your support — and your concern. We’re sorry if you feel lied to – as you know, that’s entirely against our company ethos and we never try to mislead anyone. That’s exactly why we state on our packaging where things are made and why we wrote this post – to be utterly transparent about our decisions. Despite the fact that it’s pretty much an open invitation to criticism. We own it. We’re not perfect, we’re always just trying to do better.

    As we said to Katie, we really appreciate your commitment to The Honest Company and your willingness to pay more for our products if they’re made in the U.S.A. But, the fact of the matter is that there are no manufacturing facilities currently in the U.S. that have the capacity to make our products to our specifications and we’re not a big enough company to invest in building them from the ground up. With your continued support, maybe some day we will be. It’s a delicate and complicated balancing act trying to make our products and for the time being, this was the best choice for us after weighing all the factors. We do hope you understand!

  13. Hi Katie – We appreciate your concern and extend our kudos to you for being so conscientious about your purchases. In this situation, cost is only one piece of a very complex puzzle. In fact, if we were only basing our manufacturing on cost, we wouldn’t be manufacturing in China because it’s not the cheapest source for many categories of goods anymore.

    As we state in the blog post:

    “Even though we wouldn’t trust any old manufacturer in China, most have had to step it up in terms of quality to attract customers because Chinese labor costs are no longer the lowest in the world. And a small handful exceed all other global competition (like the ones we found). It’s a simple fact that just because there’s a stereotype, it doesn’t mean it’s universally applicable. All Chinese manufacturers are not created equal — just as all U.S., European, North and South American, and Asian manufacturers are not.”

    We really appreciate your commitment to The Honest Company and your willingness to pay more for our products if they’re made in the U.S.A. But, the fact of the matter is that there are no manufacturing facilities currently in the U.S. that have the capacity to make our products to our specifications and we’re not a big enough company to invest in building them from the ground up. With your continued support, maybe some day we will be. Thanks again!

  14. National Wiper Alliance

    Hi Honest,

    Our company is a nonwoven manufacturer, converter and private label-er. We produce dry wipes such as the baby wipes in hospitals that fit completely in your specifications but we also know others in the industry who can manufacture the wet baby wipes for you meeting your criteria in the USA. I am not sure if you are in China do to your volume needs but we do know companies that can produce the right quality that you are looking for. I have sent in a vendor inquiry and have yet to hear back but I would love to speak further with someone to help with this issue. Please e-mail me at jill@nationalwiper.com

  15. Seriously? China? Even with all your excuses, you ignore the reality that you are taking jobs away from Americans. Also, you send US dollars overseas. As far as the excuses, no one trusts China. Maybe you do but we don’t. If you can’t participate in responsible manufacturing, get out of the game. Please!

  16. Oh please. You could make this happen if you cared enough. It isn’t a priority for your company. If you want to be honest, go travel to China and see some of the living conditions for these workers. Better yet, go down to your unemployment office to see how many US workers are out of work due to outsourcing. It may not impact your life yet but it does impact those not in the movie biz who struggle to survive in a depleted economy.

  17. Also, China products is one of the best products. I like them. I have bought many China products from http://www.egiftss.com, I like all the China products very much. And you?

  18. Jack Hall

    My wife and I are expecting. We believe in supporting the domestic economy and in keeping harmful chemicals away from our child. Contrary to what we previously believed about Honest Co, it seems that they have chosen to compromise on keeping production in the US, and potentially on safety as well. Promises about safety are less meaningful when in regards to products made in a country notorious for violating safety standards in manufacturing. Who knows for sure whether these manufacturers are just cleaning up temporarily and showing your third-party audit team what they want to see during the inspection, and returning to sub-par standards after they’ve secured your business for another term?

    I am uncomfortable with the situation and will not be purchasing honest products produced in China.

  19. Hi Jack.

    Thank you for sharing your concern. We appreciate your understanding and support, and hope that you can see the article for what it is, merely a tabloid headline that is intended to defame The Honest Company. There are multiple inaccuracies in the article and misleading statements that lead to a gross misrepresentation of the facts. Our wipes manufacturer (AHC) works with another brand to produce non-woven pet wipes. One of these other brands made marketing claims on the packaging of those pet wipes – namely that the pet wipes were anti-plaque and anti-itch. These two claims are medical claims and the FDA has strict guidelines regarding medical claims; therefore, the FDA instructed the other brand to repackage the product before acceptance in the US – not uncommon in worldwide trade. Read AHC’s response to this issue here.

    Our vendor was never warned, banned, or restricted from doing business in the US from any government or other organization – the focus was solely on the other brand’s marketing claims and had nothing to do with the production of the wipes, or our manufacturer – rather the other company making those claims and importing the product.

    Our wipes manufacturing partner maintains production in a state-of-the-art FDA compliant facility – they have the following global certifications and accreditations: cGMP, GMPc, ISO 9001 (all accredited by SGS, a leading inspection, verification, testing, and certification service), British Retail Consortium, and Nordic Swan.

    Moreover, the excerpts from this blog post regarding manufacturing in China were taken out of context, as we wrote this to serve as an educational piece to help consumers understand our decision to manufacture there, to debunk a stereotype, and to demonstrate the level of effort and care we take with our supply chain. We also encourage you to read a thorough blog post on our wipes manufacturer and the amazing quality standards they achieve: http://blog.honest.com/why-are-our-wipes-made-overseas/#.U5DNhZSwLHI.

    Our wipes are plant-based, all natural, hypoallergenic, and fragrance free. We can assure you we only work with the safest, most quality suppliers, and thoroughly vet their facilities and capabilities before and during our partnership. It is unfortunate that we have been targeted by these vicious rumors and innuendo by others seeking to deter us; rest assured, The Honest Company is undeterred in our purpose and mission of by providing safe, effective products for our family and yours. Thank you for all your support and please don’t hesitate to ask any additional questions.

  20. Danielle

    I just read that you are using a Chinese company with a horrendous track record to manufacture your products. It goes without saying that I feel lied to given the claims made about your products aptly named “Honest”, especially given the high prices you charge. I thought I was paying extra for a superior product. Your greed in using the cheapest foreign manufacturer you could find really grates on me. I won’t buy one more product from you until you start to manufacturer in America and I’m telling all my mommy friends to do the same. You should be ashamed Jessica Alba!

  21. Hi Danielle,

    Thank you for sharing your feedback. We appreciate your concern and are sorry that your experience hasn’t been what you hoped for — we truly strive to be fully transparent with our customers about our products.

    As we shared with Jack in the comment below, the article, which was tabloid in nature, contained multiple inaccuracies and misleading statements that lead to a gross misrepresentation of the facts. Our wipes manufacturer produces non-woven pet wipes for other brands. One of these brands made marketing claims on the packaging of those pet wipes that they were anti-plaque and anti-itch. These two claims are medical claims and the FDA has strict guidelines regarding medical claims, so the FDA instructed the other brand to repackage the product before acceptance in the US – not uncommon in worldwide trade.

    We appreciate your concerns, Christina. Our wipes are plant-based, all natural, hypoallergenic, and fragrance free. We can assure you we only work with the safest, most quality suppliers, and thoroughly vet their facilities and capabilities before and during our partnership. Our wipes manufacturing partner maintains production in a state-of-the-art FDA compliant facility – they have the following global certifications and accreditations: cGMP, GMPc, ISO 9001 (all accredited by SGS, a leading inspection, verification, testing, and certification service), British Retail Consortium, and Nordic Swan.

    The majority of our products are made in the US, and we feel strongly about creating our products in the US whenever possible. We are meticulous to partner with exceptional manufacturing facilities that uphold immaculate safety records and have the ability to produce products with our high standards of quality. These high standards sometimes mean partnering within the U.S. or outside of our borders, but we always make sure our partners share our mission of creating a better world. We wrote this blog post to elaborate on the decision making process behind our manufacturing location choice because we feel strongly in being as transparent as possible. And please check out our blog post specifically on our Wipes http://blog.honest.com/why-are-our-wipes-made-overseas/.

    Thank you for all your support and please don’t hesitate to ask any additional questions.

  22. The more I read your responses about the points consumers have brought up in this forum, the more confident I am in letting you know that you will never get another dime from me or any of my mommy friends. You call yourself “The Honest Co.”?? Honest bunch of bs!!! I love how you guys also make people call in to cancel the bundle membership, lol. Then someone hassles you on the phone and tries to get you to change your mind. NO!!! I will never change my mind about this!! I feel duped! Your diapers are made in Mexico and your wipes are made in China… You should be ashamed to call yourself “honest”, your name should be “The Greedy Co.” Jessica Alba, you freaking suck.

  23. Hello,
    I’ve been using your products for a few months now with great results. I have been a big fan and have recommended your products to many of my mommy friends. Recently I came across the article referencing the china factory as many others have commented. One of my main concerns is the animal testing china requires. How does your company retain its cruelty free label if manufacturing in china? Thank you for any additional information you can provide!

  24. Hi Kris,

    We’re happy to hear you’ve been enjoying our products – thanks so much for recommending them to others! In regards to the animal testing requirements in China, they only apply to products sold there – not products that are simply manufactured there and then exported for sale in other countries. Our products are indeed cruelty-free.

    Please let us know if you have any other questions. We’re always happy to help!

  25. After reading this racked article I am confused why you would use this supplier for your wipes

  26. Jessica Keller

    I trust in the Honest Company ! No matter where the products is made . I have told all my mommy friends about the products and they now also use them. You have my full support! Keep up the amazing work. Thankyou for making such amazing products.

  27. Here I said it

    I was really interested and impressed about your company and products until I found out about your products that made in China. So I think you should change your name from HONEST TO NOT SO HONEST!! So what you are basically saying is that we don’t care about our consumers as long as we make more money by having it manufactured in China. Have you ever consider the working environment, working condition, wage and child labor in China? Did any of your Leadership go and paid visit how the living and working conditions of these people who work for your suppliers are?Also please stop BSing by saying yes the product are not tested in animal and are natural…We are talking about China as much as you guys want to make more money…I don’t see why they wouldn’t tell you or give you a fake report saying all the products are all natural and make more money..Please we are talking about China!!! You are so fake you should be ashamed of yourselves!!!

  28. relative

    There’s quite a simple solution to really showing how “honest” these products made in China are. To make things even easier for your company, I would love to reference Patagonia’s method of reporting to its consumers.
    http://www.patagonia.com/us/environmentalism

    If your company has nothing to hide, simply show your loyal fans what, where, and who is producing your ‘made in China’ products. I’m a born and raised Asian-American but even I am skeptical about anything made in china. I refuse to even let my dog eat or play with toys from China.

    I was on a business expo in Shanghai a few years ago and even my Chinese-American friends got sick from drinking bottle water. Not because I don’t like the Chinese but because I have no faith in a communist country that has caused many infant deaths, sicknesses from irresponsible behavior that could have easily been prevented. Even the elite in China only give exported items, foods to their children. That’s something to think about.

    Regardless, to build faith, I understand it’s not a simple matter of producing in the U.S. Heck, there are just as many disgusting companies based in the U.S.
    BUT, if your company has the courage to write such a lengthy letter about why the people you choose to work with in China deserve such faith from American consumers, then show us who they are. LITERALLY. After all, there’s nothing to hide if all there lies, is complete honesty.

  29. Buy American

    No matter how well spoken, the bottom line remains the same. Your bottom line is the same as every other company that has chosen to increase profits and send jobs overseas. The fact is, most things can be manufactured for less in China and without benefit to the workers and families living in that country. Still, there are companies out there that choose the high road and keep jobs and profit in the US. I am someone who will search out those products whenever possible. Using the name Honest as a company name doesn’t make you any better than any other company with the same practices, just an interesting marketing tool.

  30. TreehuggerCalli

    So, can you tell me (honestly) what the workers who make these products get paid? What their working conditions are? And how many of them are just babies themselves? Not to mention, the “quality materials”… How many people are wiping their kids’ butt’s with wipes that could contain lead or melamine?

    This is some serious bullshit. I thought you guys were better than that.

  31. Laura Tag

    So you’re telling me that its “responsible” to make baby wipes in China. It is not “green” to make baby wipes oversea. Even if the factory conditions and pay rates were spectacular. Why? Because you still have to package them, put them in a shipping container and SHIP THEM TO THE UNITED STATES! Face it, you are being cheap and greedy. If you can’t make something responsibly in the U.S. Then don’t make it. Its called having integrity.

  32. DisgustedNow

    Hey folks you know the old saying when its too good to be true? There’s your answer. Honest is at least being honest that they are using a sweat shop in China. And why not, am sure the cost for diaper wipes is what? 50 cents a box….am disgusted

  33. i am appalled that this company would have any of their products mfg in China. Pampers are at least mfg in the USA! How disappointing. This really shines a new light on honest company

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  35. S. Austin

    I
    was disappointed to hear that many pf your products are made in China. I will
    not be purchasing your products any longer.

  36. snappingginger

    The USA used to be “good at it” until greedy unamerican people who have never worked an “honest” day in their lives decided that using slave wages is “like really really fun like you could be like a billionaire!” WOW, thats incredible, if your really want to help children, give their parents a living wage manufacturing job! Or better yet, you and your fascist cronies can just move over there, let us start over, please, without this worthless unthinking self entitled generation.

  37. You say you’re cruelty free, but isn’t the law in China that you have to test on animals?? Done shopping here.

  38. I am planning on starting a family soon so I’ve been doing lots of research from all kinds of sources (mainly documentaries and just googling ingredients). This topic is very controversial; the whole China outsourcing… I don’t think The Honest Company is being shady. The standards for FDA in our own USA are not high. That’s why they (Honest) have to outsource to places where they can make products to follow their own standards. I know for a fact that many carcinogens are banned for items intended to be consumed in Europe and Asia, do your research. Yet, the formulas are changed for USA consumers because FDA allows this. The Honest Company uses the safest ingredients, just read the labels. Look at the whole picture. You are not better off going back to what’s in the super markets, read the ingredients, do your research. Please don’t stop making safe product Honest Company, no matter where. I trust that you are paying your workers a living wage and that they work in safe conditions. Maybe one day the U.S will ban food and materials from all consumer goods but it’s not going to be today or tomorrow.

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  41. Lately I have been on a quest for a more mindful, clean, and ethical way of living, particularly with regards to the products and food I buy for my family.
    It takes more work and more money to care about the environment and to buy products that do not expose me and my family to toxic chemicals. I was
    thrilled about The Honest Company’s products and their philosophy of offering
    an ethical and clean product, but then really disappointed to see some of those
    products are manufactured “Responsibly in China.” I don’t know how a non-Chinese Corporation can make that guarantee. And even if they do follow the standards set up by your company, I don’t want my money going to a Country that more than not does not care about the environment, work conditions, and has sold the US products with lead or other toxic chemicals. I love your products, but I will not be purchasing anything manufactured in China.

  42. You put it perfectly…I just had the same revelation. I agree 100%…drderm

  43. Jessica O'Brien

    I just read in Allure Magazine that the Honest Company is hoping to expand their platform to China. I would imagine this means the Honest Company has agreed or will agree to have any and all products tested on animals.

  44. Kelley Elizabeth Dykes

    And with this(not to mention the lawsuit over the chemicals found in your products) , I’m out. I’ve spent thousands of dollars on your products and no more. I am so heartbroken over all this. I absolutely loved and recommended your products to everyone, believing them to be natural and safe, and I certainly never expected you’d make excuses to make them in China. I happily pay more (and would pay even more than what they already cost) to have safe, natural products made in the US or Mexico like the diapers were.

  45. I used to love Honest Products. Unfortunately I purchased their baby wipes from Target which smelled like chemicals. I contacted Honest Company and they were very kind and offered to send replacement wipes. Apparently the manufacturing plant in China used a “drying agent” – i.e. Chemical – to control the humidity from the hot temperatures which caused the chemical smell. I received 5 more packs of the bad wipes directly from the Honest Customer Service Team in California. Although their customer service team was super friendly and helpful, the product was still not acceptable – the new wipes were bad also and smelled like chemicals. I’ve been searching for a safe wipe for my babies and so far all I can find is chemical free, Water Wipes. As a consumer we want safe products for our babies – especially something that is touching their skin. It’s unfortunate that the Honest Wipes are made in China and Honest Company has no control over the quality of their product. I also used to love the Honest Laundry Soap and that seems to have changed too. Honest Company needs better quality control on their products. I will continue with their dish soap and a few other Honest products but wouldn’t dare use their wipes or laundry soap on my precious angel babies. Back to Dreft for baby laundry. I hope the Honest Company can solve this issue because I would really like to try their products again some time in the future if they make their wipes in the USA and get better quality control. Also on another note, I ordered 4 Honest Happy Home gift sets from Target and never received them !! Target still hasn’t figured out why the Happy Home Gift Sets aren’t arriving. I’ve been waiting over 2 months for them to arrive and spent hours on the phone with Target Customer Service!

  46. Sarah Everett

    Two years ago Honest Co. responded to a comment on this post concerning the reasons why products are being made in China. I have a screen capture, but I will just quote it as you can scroll down and read again for yourself. The response says “we really appreciate your commitment to The Honest Company and your
    willingness to pay more for our products if they’re made in the U.S.A.
    But, the fact of the matter is that there are no manufacturing
    facilities currently in the U.S. that have the capacity to make our
    products to our specifications and we’re not a big enough company to
    invest in building them from the ground up. With your continued support,
    maybe some day we will be.” I have been a subscriber for six months now and absolutely love your products, however I was shocked to find out some products are made in China like your baby bottle. Now that Honest Co. is a 1.7 billion dollar company do you plan to invest in making these products in America like stated in your response would be possible with continued customer support?

  47. Josh Fuller

    Finally! A company who designs products for health and sustainability! Unfortunately, they are manufactured in countries who are anything but healthy, sustainable or even eco friendly. It is great that you have these great ambitions, however, this is not the correct direction. I have recently had my first child and am looking for great and healthy products for her. A friend of mine mentioned Honest Company to me. I thought I would do some research. Have you researched Chinese Business Plans? They do not care about what you stand for, they’re only after profits. Very soon, you will find that the drying times of products are too long, so they introduce chemicals. Then, the materials will be too expensive, so they introduce synthetics. After that, the shipping weight will be to high, so they find lighter materials or worse yet, use only half of the materials that the design specifies. Soon, they shall have distorted, molested and abused your products until you have a reputation for harming children or babies by way of your products…. Look at Graco for instance, numerous child fatalities as a result of Chinese made products. Is that really what you want? Certainly not what I am after for my baby girl. So, unfortunately for your ‘DisHonest’ Company, Mrs. Alba, I will stick to American brands like Huggies for now, at least I know they will not give my child Lead poisoning. I will also not be purchasing any of your products until they are manufactured in the States or at least in Canada. I wouldn’t even take Mexico as a candidate (which is where your diapers a made currently).

    Disappointingly,
    Joshua Fuller

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  50. MaryAnne Petersen

    So animal testing is on your list of things you condone. You guys are a joke. Nice PR on how great China is. Won’t be buying your crap.

  51. Unfortunate for your mislead consumers! Why would anyone want to buy products made in China when there has been a company for over 30 years, right here in the United States, making REAL nontoxic, healthy products for babies and families of all ages at prices better than others. Consumers are being more aware and educated on the lies of “green washing” products. I’m guessing you are spending more in advertising and marketing than you are on the ingredients in your products.

  52. When the company said that “expand the platform in China”, is it specifically referring to manufacturing portion of the supply chain, or a distribution channel to bring The Honest products into Chinese consumers?

    Thank you!

  53. Draft? If you think that is same you are being mislead. It’s basically regular detergent rebranded. Please do more research if you’re trying to be all natural. Find a detergent without a scent to start as that is where a chemical comes from (think Charlies soap).

  54. Asia Quality Control

    From what I read Honestly company is making audits and control their products are up the international standards GMP, ISO9001, respect the working conditions and more.
    Although this is very good, it is better to ask a neutral third-party to do these inspections on the behalf of the company. They have no interest in giving the go to their clients if the products don’t meet the quality and safety requirements.
    That’s the basic work ethic when doing quality controls and that’s one of our values at Asia Quality Control.

    It’s true suppliers try to cut on the costs when they can and companies, like Honestly, have to take measures to prevent the raw materials are not swap and toxic ones are used. Quality controls can be done at every step of the production from the raw materials selection and before, during, after the production.

    That’s the role of Honestly to reinforce the controls if there are issues. But it is absurd to not buy their products because they are manufactured in China. Manufacturing products in China doesn’t mean they are bad and toxic. As long Honestly continues to steps in and do quality control, correct the issues; there should be no issues. The issues mentioned in the comments can also happen in the USA.

    To avoid risks and have a neutral opinion on your production, feel free to have a look at services we have. We can help you: http://asiaqualitycontrol.com

  55. Jorge Toro

    I will never, ever put in my skin or my children skin a product made in China. I have seen many products made in China that are contaminated. Even products made in the “best manufacturing sites”.

  56. Priscilla

    In China they are absolutely suppose to test on animals no matter what the brand. So of u don’t test here but those items are made there how do I know if they are testing! U don’t! China is legally suppose to test everything on and in animals. Even if I don’t test here. So the wipes are not vegan! I was told they are, I’m a little disappointed.

  57. Hi Stephanie. Might I ask what this US company is? I’m Canadian but am hoping I might be able to source said company’s products. I am having a hard time finding (true) cruelty free AND organic/green baby products. TIA!

  58. Our issue is with the fact that they claim to be cruelty free when in reality, that’s not possible when you source items from China. Everything in China is tested on animals as it is a legal requirement there. For people who are truly cruelty free, we can’t condone buying products from a company who sources anything from China.

  59. But said company would obviously be involved in the manufacturing of products for their country. So in turn, since you pay them to make product and then we pay you for product and you turn around and pay them for more product, we’re still contributing to that company thus, also contributing to animal testing. You may be cruelty free, but the company that makes your products isn’t.
    No thanks.

  60. Brittany Walker

    Also, it would be good to list exactly which products you’re manufacturing in China, as to avoid a false advertisement suit.

  61. Claude Nana

    I may be wrong but I don’t think you need to test Wipes, Dish Brush, Dish Towels, Suds Up, Diaper Caddy or Beco Baby Carrier on animals. Well, maybe wipes I really am not an expert

  62. Debbie Boucher Sorenson

    i agree. Thats disgusting. You put are babies in the hands of people who dont have the strict rules in their country like we do here.

  63. Not only that bu their other products are made in China too just “assembled” in the US if you look very closely. I just bought lotion that I am pretty sure is from China too, and guess what? It closely resembles the free “made in China” lotion I got from my trip to Italy. So buyer beware. It’s all a sham, I am learning. Really, you can only trust French products, sadly. it would be fine if these products didn’t cost so much, but they do!!

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  71. Ruth Rodriguez_Nelson

    I’m really appalled about the news coming from a company that I thought I could trust in their products for my children or the kids of any parent who is concerned about the quality of products that they purchase from the Honest Company. This products are not really affordable not even is their are made in China. I read about the excuses that the company administration are giving to the customers and I think that you can make products in the United States with an excellent quality results. They just care about their profits. I will try for now not to purchase any products from this particular company. My kids and my money are my priority.

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