In an article published on March 1, 2018 by regulatory news provider Chemical Watch, reporter Tammy Lovell discussed the annual retailer report card by the non-profit organization Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families’ (SCHF) Mind the Store campaign. On February 23, 2018, Chemical Watch held a webinar on SCHF’s 2017 report card (FPF reported) that was published in November 2017 and evaluated the efforts of 30 retailers to eliminate toxic chemicals from consumer products (FPF reported).

During the webinar, Mike Belliveau of Environmental Health Strategy Center and SCHF, presented the campaign’s focus for 2018 which will lie on “reducing chemical footprint” and “replacing chemicals of high concern with safer alternatives.” Particular focus will be on the phase-out of methylene chloride, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), and ortho-phthalates. The latter two are used, among other applications, in food contact materials (ortho-phthalates mainly authorized in the U.S., not EU).

The Mind the Store campaign will also further collaborate and align with the Chemical Footprint Project (CFP), an initiative by non-profit organization Clean Production Action (CPA) for measuring corporate progress towards safer chemicals (reported).

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Tammy Lovell (March 1, 2018). “Mind the Store campaign to target more US retailers in 2018.Chemical Watch