In an article published on April 27, 2017 by regulatory news provider Chemical Watch, reporter Tammy Lovell informed that U.S. retailer Walmart has achieved a 96% reduction by weight of eight chemicals of concern (COCs) in its products since 2014. In 2016, Walmart reported a 95% reduction and released the list of eight COCs its suppliers are required to remove from products: 1) Formaldehyde (CAS 50-00-0), 2) triclosan (CAS 3380-34-5), 3) toluene (CAS 108-88-3), 4) diethyl phthalate (CAS 84-66-2), 5) nonylphenol exthoxylates, 6) butylparaben (CAS 94-26-8), 7) dibutyl phthalate (CAS 84-74-2), and 8) propylparaben (CAS 94-13-3) (FPF reported). The retailer announced the 1% progress in its 2017 Global Responsibility Report and will “provide an annual disclosure later in the year with progress reports on the metrics of the sustainable chemistry policy,” Lovell noted.
Mike Schade from non-profit organization Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families (SCHF) applauded Walmart for “playing an important role to drive toxic chemicals out of global supply chains.” Boma Brown-West from non-profit organization Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) added that the fact that there has been further progress and no decline since the previous achievements “is something we don’t take for granted in this space.”
Tammy Lovell (April 27, 2017). “Walmart announces further reduction in chemicals of high concern.” Chemical Watch