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Monday, August 22, 2016

Walmart identifies eight chemicals to be removed from products

By Mark Sadaka

Walmart and environmental friendliness
Walmart has taken action to help protect the environment
Recently, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. announced that they will push their suppliers to remove, or at the very least restrict, the usage of eight extremely hazardous materials found within a variety of their household cleaning, personal care, and beauty items sold within the shopping center.

The retailer named all of the chemicals that they want removed, which include formaldehyde, a chemical found within wood products and building material. Pressure from consumers revealed they are increasingly more conscious of what types of chemicals enter their products and food.

Last year, Target Corp. took the same measure by removing over 1,000 chemicals from various household cleaning and personal care products that they sell in every store across the country. They even took a stance to promote only the products that adhere to these regulations and remove all chemicals listed.

Proctor & Gamble


Proctor & Gamble, a major product supplier for Wal-Mart Stores, has been using parabens in their products, but only within the safe limits set down by regulatory agencies from around the country. The major company also ensures every customer purchasing their product can discover exactly what is inside said product by featuring the parabens on the label for easy reading. They have also worked tirelessly to remove triclosan from over 99 percent of their sold products.

Transparency


Back in 2013, Wal-Mart vowed to the public to increase their transparency regarding ingredients found in products they regularly sell on store shelves. While working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Safer Choice organization, Wal-Mart has begun using safer chemicals and materials within all of their store-brand products.

To achieve the Safer Choice certification for their branded products, Wal-Mart put a new policy into effect in January of 2014. This policy basically said that all products sold by the corporation and Sam's Club within the United States would adhere to safe products and chemicals within every item sold. In April of this year, the company announced they had already successfully removed around 95 percent of their high-priority chemicals from products sold in home and personal care sections of the store.

Starting in 2018, Wal-Mart declared that all products being sold within their stores must disclose all chemicals and production information on the packaging of every product. The retailer claims they will work with their suppliers to encourage this to happen in the markets where they have stores open, not just within the United States.

Now, the chemicals Wal-Mart intends to remove for customers just like you will include butylparaben, which is often used as a type of preservative within cosmetics, and triclosan, which is often used in clothing, furniture, and children's toys. The toys are a main concern for many families who shop at Wal-Mart, as they do not want their kids being infected or falling ill due to any harmful chemicals in their products.

Triclosan is also used within toothpaste, but Wal-Mart stated they have no intention of pushing for its removal due to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration deeming it safe for use within toothpaste alone. That may worry some people, though they have no doubt been brushing their teeth for years now and without any adverse effects on the human body.

Some chemicals are entirely safe for human consumption. Wal-Mart is simply seeking the opportunity to remove any unsafe chemicals from the products they stock and sell to ensure all customers can enter a safe space for shopping. Their stores have been known to cater to the customer above everything else, so this move makes a lot of sense for the corporation that continues to grow each year.

About the author: Mark Sadaka from Sadaka Associates, the leading Hazardous Chemical Attorney, has a national practice and works with clients from New York to Alaska.

Image: Jared C. Benedict via Wikipedia, "Wal-Mart Exterior"; GFDL, CC BY-SA 3.0