Walmart aims to reduce 10 toxic chemicals – but won’t divulge which

From The Guardian, By Bill Lascher

This is the third article in a series on US retailers’ efforts to curb the use of legal, but potentially harmful, chemicals in household products. The first, by editor-at-large Marc Gunther, discussed whether retailers are acting as regulators. The second explored Target’s new policy aimed making products healthier.

Can one store change the chemicals industry?

Maybe. A new sustainable products policy at Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, may kick consumer product manufacturers hard enough to rid toxic ingredients from their supply chains.

The policy, the centerpiece of a host of new sustainability initiatives announced in September, will take effect next month. That’s when the Bentonville, Arkansas-based company will start monitoring product ingredient lists for 10 “high priority” chemicals that it will push its vendors to reduce or eliminate.

In 2015, suppliers will have to disclose product ingredients online, although they won’t have to disclose whether their products contain the prioritized chemicals (or any added to the list) on product labels until January 2018.

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