Wal-Mart Asks For Reduced Footprint


Wal-Mart Stores recently called for a 10% reduction in chemical footprint by 2022 to help meet the retailer’s sustainability goals. That means suppliers of consumable items such as household cleaners, cosmetics, skincare and infant products must reformulate merchandise to remove targeted chemicals.

The Bentonville-based global retailer seeks to strengthen its sustainable chemical policy and work to provide more transparency relating to the chemical composition of consumables sold in its stores. Part of the goal is to offer a larger sustainable product selection for its 140 million weekly U.S. customers.

The 10% chemical reduction over the next five years puts Wal-Mart in elite company as the first retailer in the U.S. to set time and percentage reduction goals. Wal-Mart has defined which chemicals it is targeting for reduction. Following is the revised list.
• Toluene (solvent)
• Dibutyl Phthalate (solvent, plasticizer)
• Diethyl Phthalate (solvent and plasticizer)
• Nonylphenol Ethoxylates (NPEs, surfactant)
• Formaldehyde (bonding agent)
• Butylparaben (preservative)
• Propylparaben (preservative)
• Triclosan (antimicrobial; however, active ingredients that provide therapeutic benefit when present in a product approved by the FDA New Drug Application process are allowed.)    MORE

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